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Watch President Obama's Interview with YouTube Stars

Fri, 2015-01-23 13:54

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The East Room was transformed yesterday as three YouTube stars recreated their libraries and living rooms for an interview with the President. Nearly 500,000 viewers tuned in live as YouTube creators Hank Green, GloZell, and Bethany Mota sat down for one-on-one interviews that covered topics from education and gridlock in Washington, to Cuba policy and how to get more young people engaged in politics.
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Launching the Presidential Challenge for Advanced Outdoor Lighting

Fri, 2015-01-23 13:46

We take it for granted that outdoor lights are there to help keep America moving after the sun goes down. But the outdoor lighting when you drive your car down the road at night, cheer for your favorite baseball team, or load groceries into your car after work uses energy and takes a bite out of budgets in cities and towns across the country.
Outdoor lighting in the U.S. will consume enough energy to power 6 million homes this year, costing cities about $10 billion annually.

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San Antonio MBDA Business Center’s Export Strategies Support Foreign Direct Investment

Fri, 2015-01-23 13:00

The San Antonio MBDA Business Center’s specialty is helping
minority businesses (MBEs) find exporting opportunities in Latin America.
Aligning with White House initiatives such as Look South, the
center has assisted numerous MBEs develop international market entry strategies
that vary by sector, size, capabilities, targeted countries and regions

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West Wing Week: 1/23/15 or, "B is for Believe"

Fri, 2015-01-23 12:00

This week, the White House was a flurry of activity during the lead up to -- and aftermath of -- the President's State of the Union Address, featuring follow up trips to Kansas and Idaho, the second annual "Big Block of Cheese Day," and YouTube stars bringing their flair to the East Room to interview the President. That's January 16th to January 22nd or, "B Is For Believe."

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Secretary Pritzker Travels to Charlotte to Discuss Future of U.S. Economy

Fri, 2015-01-23 11:38

On Wednesday, Secretary Penny Pritzker
traveled to Charlotte, North Carolina to participate in an armchair discussion
with Charlotte Chamber President and CEO Bob Morgan. She highlighted the
progress made in America’s economic recovery in 2014, and discussed President
Obama’s plans to build on that momentum with the policies discussed in the
State of the Union Address. 

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Trade Deals Would Open New Channels for Small Business Growth

Fri, 2015-01-23 00:00

During his State of the Union address, President Obama noted that “21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas. … 95 percent of the world’s...

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How the President Will Help All Working Families with Young Kids Afford Child Care:

Thu, 2015-01-22 16:40

President Barack Obama gestures as he talks with Akira Cooper at the Community Children's Center, one of the nation's oldest Head Start providers, in Lawrence, Kan.

January 22, 2015.

(Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

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Data Snapshot: How Much Do Small- and Medium-sized Businesses Contribute to U.S. Exports?

Thu, 2015-01-22 16:00

Guest blog post by Jane Callen, Economics and Statistics Administration.In his State of the Union address, President Obama said that “21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas.  Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages…” Following on the President’s remarks, we thought it would be valuable to take a quick “data snapshot” of the most recent annual report on exporting companies published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

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An "Experiment" in Universal Child Care in the United States: Lessons from the Lanham Act

Thu, 2015-01-22 14:23

In Richmond, California in 1943, approximately 35 nursery school units opened up as part of a city-wide child care program. 
The country was mobilizing around World War II and increasing employment, particularly among women, had become a national priority. In the case of Richmond, the centers opened to help provide care for the children of women working in the nearby Kaiser shipyards.
And here’s how they were funded: Congress had passed the Defense Housing and Community Facilities and Services Act of 1940 -- popularly known as the Lanham Act.

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2015 Will Be the Biggest Year Yet for International Opportunities for Regional Economic Development

Thu, 2015-01-22 11:59

Guest blog post by JoAnn Crary, CEcD, President of
Saginaw Future, Inc. and 2015 Chair of the Board of Directors of the
International Economic Development Council

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