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Follow Along: Re-Opening Our Embassy in Havana, Cuba

Fri, 2015-08-14 09:29

On July 1, President Obama announced that the United States had agreed to formally re-establish diplomatic relations with the Republic of Cuba and re-open embassies in our respective countries. 

The last time we had an embassy in Cuba was in January of 1961, when we severed diplomatic relations at the height of the Cold War.

Today, more than 54 years later, Secretary of State John Kerry is traveling to Havana to re-open our embassy and take a historic step forward in our efforts to normalize relations with the Cuban government and people.

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The White House Digital Team Picks: Our Favorite Blog Posts of All Time

Thu, 2015-08-13 15:43

We've got a bunch of pretty big nerds here in the Office of Digital Strategy — we get really excited about things like responsive design, intuitive scrolling, and RSS feeds. So, predictably, we're pretty thrilled about the recent revamp of our blog. To mark the occasion, we've put our heads together and selected some of our favorite posts from over the years.

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Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Lauren Rosario, Innovation Analyst at CodeMyMobile

Thu, 2015-08-13 13:59

Lauren Rosario, Innovation Analyst at CodeMyMobile, attended the Commerce Department’s Open for Innovation event because she was interested to learn what established corporations and startups were doing to innovate their products and companies. Through events like Open for Innovation, she believes the government has the ability to attract a caliber of businesses that entrepreneurs would not have an opportunity to meet with otherwise, providing valuable networking opportunities. 

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How We Changed the White House Blog

Thu, 2015-08-13 12:45

I remember when the Obama administration’s version of first launched in 2009. I didn’t work here at the time, but I — like so many others — visited theWhite House website to 1. See what all the fuss was about; and 2. See how the Obama administration had decided to put its own unique stamp on the web presence of the presidency. The site was beautiful and sleek, formal and inspirational — and it got accolades as a result.

We’ve made a lot of improvements since then — to the blog and elsewhere across the site — but we never consider it “done.”

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4 Strategies for Sharing Ownership with Employees

Thu, 2015-08-13 00:00

Business owners may have sound reasons for giving shares in their employees. It incentivizes staff to be loyal and productive and it can translate into financial rewards for the owner. Tax rules...

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Urban Alliance and USPTO Partner to Provide Youth With Meaningful Work Experience

Wed, 2015-08-12 17:29

Earlier this year, the United States Patent and Trademark Office contracted with Urban Alliance to provide local under-resourced youth paid meaningful work experiences. This unprecedented collaboration came about in the fall of 2014, when United States Vice President Joe Biden, speaking at the United States Chamber of Commerce, cited the importance of closing the skills gap and highlighted Urban Alliance’s unique ability to build successful partnerships and develop meaningful and real work experiences for youth.

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Inclusive Innovation Spotlight: Rod Robinson, Founder and CEO of ConnXus, Inc.

Wed, 2015-08-12 17:22

Rod Robinson, Founder and CEO of ConnXus, Inc., a supplier relationship platform that manages all aspects of a corporation’s diversity and compliance programs, discusses the important role a government organization like MBDA plays in the success of an entrepreneur. He believes taking advantage of resources provided by MBDA, such as access to data and analytics to support the business model, as well as meeting with fellow mentors that have walked in their shoes, allows entrepreneurs to reach their full potential.

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Council Advises Continued Data Improvements

Wed, 2015-08-12 17:12

On July 30th, the Commerce Data Advisory Council  convened its second meeting to review and provide guidance on the Department of Commerce's data.  This one-of-a-kind gathering of digital technology executives was eager to dive directly into the work of the Department and provided dozens of excellent recommendations.  A great deal of the feedback can be summarized as "Thumbs up.  Continue the good work."  Though there were some very specific suggestions for improvement areas.  But as with any insightful discussion on how a business is using its information to help its custome

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Nimble and Inclusive Capital Formation Paths – Two JOBS Act Conversations in NYC

Wed, 2015-08-12 00:00

In September 2014, the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) and SBA...

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Stronger Together: Your Voice in the Workplace Matters

Wed, 2015-08-12 11:17

Ed. note: The following essay is cross-posted from Secretary of Labor Tom Perez's Medium account. 

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