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International Economic Development Council Partners with SelectUSA

June 13, 2016

The following is a cross-post from the International Trade Administration's Tradeology Blog.
Guest blog post by Barry Matherly, CEcD, FM, 2016 Chair of the International Economic Development Council, and the President and CEO of the Greater Richmond Partnership in Richmond, Virginia.

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Email from Alonzo Mourning: How organ donation saved my life

June 13, 2016

NBA Champion Alonzo Mourning sent the following message to the White House email list to discuss the vital importance of organ donation. Didn't get the message? Sign up for email updates here.

During my basketball career, I won the NBA Finals and an Olympic Gold Medal. I thought I was strong enough to take on anything that came my way -- that there was nothing I couldn't just put some ice on and play through.

Then, in 2001 I was diagnosed with a rare form of kidney disease called focal glomerulosclerosis and was told that I needed a kidney transplant.

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Saving Lives and Giving Hope by Reducing the Organ Waiting List

June 13, 2016

America’s progress in science and technology has countless revolutionary discoveries within our reach... New breakthroughs in treating cancer and ending the wait for organ transplants… That’s some of what America can do.

President Obama, May 19, 2016

PATIENT STORIES   |   COMMITMENTS   |   ENGAGE

Why We Must Reduce the Organ Waiting List

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Discusses State of Innovation and Manufacturing in Detroit

June 13, 2016

On June 3, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker traveled to Detroit, Michigan to discuss the state of innovation and manufacturing in Michigan with several local companies, including Shinola, GM, Mcity, and Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow (LIFT).

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President Obama on the Tragic Shooting in Orlando

June 12, 2016

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Today, as Americans, we grieve the brutal murder -- a horrific massacre -- of dozens of innocent people. We pray for their families, who are grasping for answers with broken hearts. We stand with the people of Orlando, who have endured a terrible attack on their city. Although it’s still early in the investigation, we know enough to say that this was an act of terror and an act of hate. And as Americans, we are united in grief, in outrage, and in resolve to defend our people.

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Weekly Address: Addressing Puerto Rico’s Economic Crisis

June 11, 2016

WASHINGTON, DC — In this week's address, President Obama discussed the crippling economic crisis harming 3.5 million Americans in Puerto Rico. Today, the island is spending over a third of its tax revenue on debt payments – and on July 1, Puerto Rico is facing another $2 billion in debt payments that it cannot make. The President said the only way for Puerto Rico to overcome this crisis is by restructuring its debt and finding a sustainable path toward growth and opportunity for its people.

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President Obama's Tribute to Muhammad Ali: "He Will Always Be America"

June 10, 2016

Today, President Obama and the First Lady offered their family's deepest condolences to the family of Muhammad Ali, as they were not able to attend his funeral services. Senior Advisor Valerie Jarrett, who also knew Muhammad Ali personally, attended the funeral and read a tribute from the President and the First Lady as part of the service.

Read President Obama's moving tribute below, then watch the President reflect on some special mementos from the boxing legend.

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While Congress Spends Its Time Trying to Undercut Retirement Security, a Long To-Do List Awaits

June 09, 2016

This week, the President vetoed a resolution championed by Republicans in Congress to roll back critical protections for Americans doing the hard work of savings for retirement.

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Meet the Nominated Attendees of the United State of Women Summit

June 09, 2016

On Tuesday, June 14, the White House will convene the first-ever United State of Women Summit to mark the progress made by and for women and girls domestically and internationally over the course of this Administration and to discuss solutions to the challenges they still face. The event will feature remarks by the President and Vice President, a conversation with the First Lady, and much more.

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U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker Travels to California to Discuss Startup Culture in Los Angeles, Tour LA Port

June 09, 2016

Secretary Pritzker began her trip by visiting the headquarters of The Honest Company, which produces more than 100 products across a wide range of consumer categories, including baby, personal care, and home care.

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