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Economic Briefing

Expanding Broadband Access to Businesses Nationwide


Just as more Americans are finding broadband essential to life at work and home, most businesses also need high-speed Internet service to remain competitive.  The nation has made good headway in efforts to expand broadband access to work places, according to a new report from the U.S. Commerce Department’s National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA) and Economic and Statistics Administration (ESA).

Spotlight on Exporting Businesses Owned by Veterans


Monday, November 11, 2013, is Veterans Day.  This national holiday was originally established as “Armistice Day” to honor American veterans of World War I and their fallen comrades.   In 1954, Congress renamed the holiday “Veterans Day” to honor all the women and men who have served in the armed forces. 

Foreign Direct Investment in the United States


The United States has been the world’s largest recipient of foreign direct investment (FDI) since 2006.  Every day, foreign companies establish new operations in the United States or provide additional capital to established businesses.  With the world’s largest consumer market, skilled and productive workers, a highly innovative environment, appropriate legal protections, a predictable regulatory environment, and a growing energy sector, the United States offers an attractive investment climate for firms across the globe.

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Arts and “First Friday” Contribute to Overall Economic Activity in Missoula, Montana


Secretary Penny Pritzker’s visit to Missoula, Montana last week coincided with one of the community’s “First Friday Gallery Night” events.  “First Friday’s” are part of a larger effort of the Cultural Council in Missoula to support the arts to benefit the community as a whole.  These events include various art galleries, museums, and retail locations, and may feature musical performances, poetry readings, dance and lectures.

Quarterly Workforce Indicators Confirm Manufacturing Job Quality


Jobs in the manufacturing sector have long been considered “good jobs”—a source of above-average wages and benefits, full-time hours, and stable employment for millions of Americans—and previous work by the Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) has demonstrated the quality of many manufacturing jobs.