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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Visits Innovation Center in Silicon Valley

July 10, 2015

Earlier this week, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker visited Flextronics’ Global Innovation Center in Silicon Valley to observe some of the nation’s most cutting-edge technology firsthand, and learn how the Department of Commerce can best tailor its resources to support innovation.

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White House Supply Chain Innovation Roundtable Brings Together Manufacturers Committed to Strengthening Small Manufacturers in Domestic Supply Chains

July 10, 2015

On July 9, I attended a gathering of two dozen manufacturing executives to discuss ways to improve the competitiveness of America’s supply chains.  This exciting event is part of the White House Supply Chain Innovation Initiative that the President announced in March.
The initiative is in part based on a report and 50 interviews we in the Commerce Department’s Office of the Chief Economist did in cooperation with the White House.

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President Obama Designates 3 New National Monuments, Protecting More than 1 Million Acres of Public Land

July 10, 2015

President Barack Obama signs National Monument designations in the Oval Office, July 10, 2015. The three new monuments include Berryessa Snow Mountain in California, Waco Mammoth in Texas, and the Basin and Range in Nevada. Standing behing the President, from left, are: Victor Knox, National Park Service, April Slayton, National Park Service, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell, Chief Tom Tidwell, Randy Moore, Forest Service, and Director Neil Kornze.

(Official White House Photo by Amanda Lucidon)

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Inspiring Young Inventors and Innovators at Camp Invention

July 10, 2015

At Camp Invention, almost two million students have explored their own innate creativity, inventiveness, and entrepreneurial spirit in a week long day camp program that’s been running since 1990. The program is a partnership between the United States Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO) and non-profit Invent Now. Camp Invention includes a robust STEM (science, technology, engineering and mathematics) curriculum while also providing insights on the role of patents and trademarks in innovation.

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West Wing Week: 07/10/15 or, “Bask in the Glory”

July 10, 2015

This week, the President celebrated the 239th birthday of the United States, chatted with some World Cup champions, met with his national security team to discuss our anti-ISIL strategy , and hosted an historic Oval Office visit. That's July 3rd to July 9th or, "Bask in the Glory."

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Secretary Pritzker Signs Joint Declaration with Swiss Vice President to Expand Workforce Development Programs

July 10, 2015

The Obama Administration is committed to workforce development programs that help prepare America’s workforce for in-demand jobs, including the expansion of apprenticeship programs. To that end, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker and Switzerland’s Vice President and Federal Councillor Johann N. Schneider-Ammann yesterday signed a joint declaration that will provide a framework for our two countries to cooperate in such areas as work-based training, curriculum development, credential recognition, pathways to career development, and the expansion of programs into new industry sectors.

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Secretary Pritzker Celebrates 100 Years of Coca-Cola Bottle Patent

July 09, 2015

Yesterday, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker delivered remarks at Coca-Cola’s 100th anniversary of its glass bottle patent, hosted at the National Archives in Washington, D.C.  Secretary Pritzker helped celebrate Coca-Cola’s iconic glass bottle design, which would not have become the symbol that it is today without the design patent it received in 1915 by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office.
 

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U.S. Metropolitan Areas Set Export Highs in 2014

July 09, 2015

Today, U.S. businesses are increasingly taking advantage of export opportunities. The data makes it clear. Companies based in the United States that sell their world-class goods to the 96 percent of potential customers who live outside our borders are critical to both the local and national economy. This is evident in today’s release of the 2014 Metropolitan Area Export Overview. The report highlights data on goods exported from U.S. metropolitan areas in 2014. Some of the nation’s most prominent cities are leading in trade and setting new export records.

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Tips on Buying an Existing Small Business or Franchise

July 09, 2015

The dream of owning a small business doesn’t always mean starting from scratch. You can skip the headaches of creating a startup and jump to buying an established...

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Growing the Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) Initiative

July 08, 2015

Promoting American manufacturing is a significant priority for President Obama, Secretary Pritzker, and the Department of Commerce’s U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Investing in Manufacturing Communities Partnership (IMCP) initiative is one way the Administration is working to bolster our nation’s manufacturing sector.

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