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U.S. Commerce Secretary To Lead Trade Mission To Asia PDF Print E-mail
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Friday, 10 October 2014 05:00

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Nearly two dozen U.S. companies will join U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker on a Business Development Mission to Japan and South Korea later this month.

 
The mission will focus on the health care and energy sectors, promoting U.S. exports to Japan and South Korea by helping American companies launch or increase their business in these key markets. 
 
Japan is the fourth-largest trading partner. South Korea is the sixth-largest.
 
“One of our key functions at the Department of Commerce is to connect U.S. businesses with new opportunities to sell their goods and services in markets with significant potential,” said Secretary Pritzker in a statement. “All over the world, government and private sector leaders are eager to work with U.S. firms because of the values and expertise they bring to the markets in which they operate."
 
A wide array of firms will make the trip, including Humacyte, Inc. of Morrisville.
 
Abbott (Abbott Park, IL) 
AmerisourceBergen (Valley Forge, PA) 
Beautiful Earth Group, LLC (Brooklyn, NY) 
C3 Energy (Redwood City, CA) 
Cargill (Minneapolis, MN) 
Cytori Therapeutics, (San Diego, CA) 
The Dow Chemical Company (Midland, MI) 
Eli Lilly and Company (Indianapolis, IN) 
HPI, LLC (Houston, TX) 
Intuitive Surgical, Inc. (Sunnyvale, CA) 
Marmon Engineered Wire and Cable (Chicago, IL) 
Medidata Solutions (New York, NY) 
Merck & Co. (Whitehouse Station, NJ) 
Oregon LNG (Vancouver, WA) 
Principle Power Inc. (Seattle, WA) 
Quality Electrodynamics (Mayfield Village, OH) 
Spacelabs Healthcare (Snoqualmie, WA) 
Varian Medical Systems (Palo Alto, CA) 
Zilkha Biomass Fuels (Houston, TX) 
Last Updated on Friday, 10 October 2014 05:01
 
New Members Of The National Advisory Council On Innovation And Entrepreneurship PDF Print E-mail
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Wednesday, 08 October 2014 16:36

 

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker has announced the 27 individuals who have been selected to serve on the National Advisory Council on Innovation and Entrepreneurship (NACIE). 
 
Members will advise the Commerce Secretary on accelerating innovation, expanding entrepreneurship, and developing a globally competitive workforce.   
 
The new members are:
 
Luis Arbulu, Director, Samsung Open Innovation Center 
 
Robert Atkinson, President, Information Technology and Innovation Foundation 
 
Brian Balasia, Founder & CEO, Digerati, Inc. 
 
Barbara Bry, COO, Blackbird Ventures 
 
Michael Burcham, President and CEO, The Nashville Entrepreneur Center (Co-chair) 
 
Lou Anne Bynum, Founder, Long Beach Community College, Office of College Advancement 
 
Greg Cangialosi, CEO, MissionTix.com, LLC 
 
Steve Case, Chairman & CEO, Revolution 
 
James Clements, President, Clemson University (Co-chair) 
 
Fred Dedrick, Executive Director, National Fund for Workforce Solutions            
 
Christine Furstoss, Technical Director & Senior Executive, General Electric Company, Manufacturing & Materials 
 
William Generett, President & CEO Urban Innovation21
 
Julie Goonewardene, President, University of Kansas, KU Innovation and Collaboration 
 
Kelly Grier, Vice Chair, Talent, Ernst & Young 
 
Mary Ann Guerra, CEO, BioAccel
 
Robert Hohman, Co-Founder & CEO, Glassdoor, Inc. 
 
Lila Ibrahim, Chief Business Officer at Coursera and Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers 
 
Tiffany Karp, Executive Director, Global Center for Medical Innovation 
 
David  Kenney, President & Executive Director, Oregon Best 
 
Chauncy Lennon, Senior Program Director, Workforce Initiatives, JP Morgan Chase       
 
Marie Lynch, President & CEO, Skills for Chicagoland's Future (Co-chair) 
 
Sethuraman Panchanathan, Senior Vice President, Office of Knowledge Enterprise Development (OKED) 
 
Laura Powers, Co-Founder & Executive Director, CODE2040 
 
Eric Severson, Senior VP, Global Talent Solutions, Gap Inc. 
 
Rohit Shukla, Founder & CEO, Larta Institute 
 
Amy Stursberg, Executive Director, Blackstone Charitable Foundation 
Stephen Tang, President, CEO & Director, University City Science Center         
 
 
Supreme Court Declines On Gay Marriage Cases, Paves Way For Massive Cultural Change PDF Print E-mail
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Tuesday, 07 October 2014 05:25

 

RICHMOND, Va. (AP) — Gay and lesbian couples are getting legally married in the South for the first time, crossing a threshold into a conservative region that long stood united against same-sex marriage.
 
The U.S. Supreme Court's decision Monday to turn away appeals from a handful of states including Virginia means marriage bans are unconstitutional throughout the 4th U.S. Circuit. And that means similar bans in West Virginia and North and South Carolina should fall as soon as judges in each state follow through on the appellate court's orders.
 
Carol Schall and Mary Townley of Chesterfield County challenged Virginia's ban, wanting their California marriage to be recognized in the state where they are raising a 16-year-old daughter. Their victory shows that a region once considered inhospitable to gays has changed, Shall said.
 
"It says the South is a wonderful, welcoming and open place," she said.
 
But as with other civil rights battles, plenty of southern conservatives seem determined to fight to the bitter end.
 
"Until the courts rule on the matter, South Carolina will seek to uphold our state constitution," said the state's attorney general Alan Wilson, a Republican.
 
Initial reactions to the region's first legal gay and lesbian marriages exposed social divisions — between cities and rural areas, and between more progressive mid-Atlantic States and the Deep South. North Carolina's attorney general, for example, has said he will no longer fight a losing battle.
 
"The South, like the nation, is changing," said William R. Ferris, a professor with the Center for the Study of the American South at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
 
"We'll accept same-sex marriage just like we accepted desegregation and the end of slavery," Ferris added. "These other barriers that have burdened us for too long are coming down and the people in the South are open to change."
 
Polls show gay marriage has less support in the South than anywhere else in the country, but the ground is shifting. The latest AP-GfK survey, in September, found 34 percent of Southerners favored legalizing gay marriage in their state, up from 28 percent the year before. In the Northeast, 47 percent backed it, as did 43 percent in the West and 38 percent of Midwesterners.
 
Southern progressives saw Monday's weddings in Virginia as evidence that the arc of history is bending in their direction.
 
These court rulings can't help but "change the culture of the South," said the Rev. Nancy Petty, a lesbian of Pullen Memorial Baptist Church in Raleigh. Her congregation was "dis-fellowshipped" by the Southern Baptist Convention in 1992 after deciding to welcome gays and lesbians and bless same-sex marriages long before they were legal.
 
"I think these kinds of cultural shifts in society and in religion mean that we become a much more accepting, tolerant, diverse community," she said. "That's really important, because we have to learn here in the South how to live with our differences, instead of fighting over our differences."
 
Not everyone was celebrating. Victoria Cobb, president of the Family Foundation of Virginia, said the justices disenfranchised voters who banned gay marriage, and "left Virginians without a definitive answer."
 
Attorney Byron Babione of the Alliance Defending Freedom, which represented two Virginia clerks in their appeal, noted that it's still possible that another federal case will reach the Supreme Court and produce a different result.
 
Following North Carolina Attorney General Roy Cooper's earlier announcement that he won't keep spending taxpayer money to uphold the state ban approved by voters in 2012, the state's Republican leaders in the state announced Monday they would seek to intervene, despite the high court's decision.
 
"The people of North Carolina have spoken, and while the Supreme Court has not issued a definitive ruling on the issue of traditional marriage, we are hopeful they will soon," said North Carolina House Speaker Thom Tillis, a Republican running for U.S. Senate in November.
 
Virginia's 2006 ban on gay marriages also was challenged by Timothy Bostic and Tony London, who were given flowers by a pair of strangers — Larissa Boose Williams and her 10-year-old daughter Sedona, who arrived at Norfolk Circuit Court hoping to witness history.
 
"It's huge for it to be legal in the South. It's long overdue," said Williams, a Norfolk resident. "We've got those old Southern ways. People think they can vote on the equal rights of others. You can't do it. The whole point of democracy is to help protect the minority from the majority."
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
U.S. Commerce Department: August Construction Spending Revised Downward PDF Print E-mail
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Monday, 06 October 2014 05:13

RALEIGH, (SGRToday.com) - Releasing its latest figures on construction spending, the U.S. Census Bureau put spending at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $961.0 billion. The figure is 0.8 percent below the revised July estimate of $968.8 billion. 

 
The August figure is 5.0 percent above the August 2013 estimate of $915.3 billion, according to the data release from the Commerce Department agency.
 
During the first 8 months of this year, construction spending amounted to $623.1 billion, 6.8 percent above the $583.2 billion for the same period in 2013.
 
The Census Bureau broke down the data into dollars spent on public construction and dollars spent on private construction.
 
Spending on private construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $685.0 billion, 0.8 percent below the revised July estimate of $690.3 billion. 
 
Nonresidential construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $333.3 billion in August, 1.4 percent below the revised July estimate of $338.1 billion.
 
Spending on public construction hit $275.9 billion, 0.9 percent below the revised July estimate of $278.5 billion. 
 
Educational construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $62.3 billion, 2.9 percent below the revised July estimate of $64.1 billion. 
 
Highway construction was at a seasonally adjusted annual rate of $83.3 billion, 0.6 percent below the revised July estimate of $83.8 billion.
Last Updated on Monday, 06 October 2014 05:14
 
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