Did you miss key news from Commerce this week? Each week, we recap the latest U.S. Department of Commerce highlights spanning a wide range of issues promoting job creation and economic growth, programs, and events in one blog post.
Here are the key moments from Commerce: This Week:
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross
On February 6, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross discussed the United States and United Kingdom trade relationship at Oxford Union, in Oxford, England, highlighting the potential for our shared prosperity. Secretary Ross said, “The new arrangements will bring our economies closer together, not further apart."
On February 4, the Census Bureau report on Manufacturers’ shipments, inventories, and orders for December 2019 revealed manufactured-goods inventories were up twelve of the last thirteen months, https://go.usa.gov/xRuXG
Deputy Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley
On February 10, Commerce Deputy Secretary Karen Dunn Kelley visited the National Telecommunications and Information Administration Institute for Telecommunication Sciences in Boulder, Colorado to discuss innovation in spectrum management and 5G deployment. Deputy Secretary Kelley also toured the FirstNet Authority Lab and Experience Center where researchers are transforming public safety communications.
On February 10, the Census Bureau announced the establishment of the government’s first-ever Trust & Safety Team to protect the 2020 Census count, preventing the spread of fake, false, and inaccurate information, that can negatively influence 2020 Census participation and response.
On February 9, the NOAA’s National Weather Service turned 150! Check out this list of 7 tech innovations that improved weather forecasting.
On February 6, U.S. Secretary of Commerce Wilbur Ross announced that the Department’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) is awarding a $7.4 million grant to Public Utility District No. 1 of Skamania County, Washington, to upgrade an electrical power substation to support the energy needs of commercial and industrial customers.
On February 5, the U.S. international trade deficit decreased in 2019 according to the U.S. Bureau of Economic Analysis and the U.S. Census Bureau.
Did you know the Census Bureau provides key demographic and business data that weather forecasters and broadcasters can use in their work?
On February 4, Inventor Dean Kamen and USPTO Director Andrei Iancu discussed Kamen's career and passion for inventing, as well as his dedication to the world’s youth through STEM education.
Patents for Humanity is the United States Patent and Trademark Office's (USPTO) awards competition recognizing cutting-edge organizations using patented technology to help address global humanitarian challenges. The USPTO will accept applications through February 15, 2020.
On February 19, join BroadbandUSA in a conversation on how broadband is being implemented at the state level in addition to research by The Pew Charitable Trusts on state broadband programs and innovative approaches to help overcome the digital divide.
On February 20, connect with the U.S. Commercial Service team for the “What Does Brexit Hold for U.S. Companies in 2020” Webinar.