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  • June is Pride Month, National Homeownership Month: USDA Brings Homeownership Assistance to Rural LGBT Communities

    June is also National Homeownership Month, and the theme is “Own Your Future. Own Your Home.” With concurrent Pride and Homeownership Month observances, it’s a great time to raise awareness among LGBT communities about USDA home mortgage and home repair programs that can help rural residents own their future.


  • Reddit "Ask Me Anything" with EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy

    EPA Administrator Gina McCarthy turned to Reddit to answer questions on the EPA's plan to reduce carbon emissions from our power plants.


  • Taking Action to Reduce Carbon Pollution at the State, Local, and Tribal Level

    For decades, state, city, county, and tribal leaders have led the way in reducing pollution, making our communities healthier and cleaner. The EPA's new carbon pollution standard proposal puts tools in the hands of each state -– there’s no one-size-fits-all approach here.


  • State and Local Officials Join the President in Year of Action to Raise the Minimum Wage

    In the year since the President first called on Congress to raise the federal minimum wage, 10 states and the District of Columbia have passed laws to increase the minimum wage. Without waiting on Congress to act, Connecticut, Maryland, and Hawaii are lifting their minimum wages to $10.10 an hour, and other states and localities are considering similar legislation.


  • What Climate Change Means for Regions Across America

    The Third U.S. National Climate Assessment confirms that climate change is affecting Americans in every region of the United States and key sectors of the national economy.


  • America’s PrepareAthon!: National Day of Action Is Today

    Today marks the first National Day of Action as part of America’s PrepareAthon!), a community-based campaign to build a more secure and resilient nation by getting people to think about the disasters that could happen in their communities and to take action to increase their preparedness.


  • Texas Gun Sense: Firearms Policy and Advocacy in the Wild West

    John Woods, Ph.D., graduated from Virginia Tech in May 2007, just weeks after the worst mass shooting in American history. As a doctoral student in molecular biology at the University of Texas at Austin, he became involved in the gun violence prevention movement after members of the Texas Legislature tried to use the Virginia Tech tragedy to push an ideological agenda having nothing to do with campus safety: forcing colleges and universities to allow guns in classrooms. Texas violence prevention advocates successfully organized against the so-called “campus carry” bills in three consecutive legislative sessions and several special sessions, despite a majority of Texas lawmakers registering as sponsors of the legislation.


  • Department of Commerce and Women’s History Month

    Here at the Department of Commerce, we are committed to strengthening the role of women in business and technology. Among the Department’s many initiatives aimed toward advancing this goal are the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office’s (USPTO) efforts to empower our country’s women to innovate and create good jobs.


  • Made in Rural America: Helping Appalachian Business Sell to the World

    Forty-two percent of the Appalachian Region's population lives in rural areas. President Obama’s Made in Rural America export and investment initiative presents a strategic opportunity to expand the region’s exporting sector, grow jobs, and ensure long-term sustainable growth.


  • StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative Expands

    The USDA's StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity initiative, which helped to inform President Obama's recently-announced Promise Zones, is rallying available tools and technical assistance and targeting these resources to the areas where they are needed most.


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