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Data is the Key to the Factory of the Future

By helping inform the design process before any physical product is created, data-driven design can cut costs and ensure that final products will be better aligned with customer preferences.


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Commerce Explores the Value of Government Data

Everyone is talking about the importance of data to our society as data improves all of our decisions: those we make as individuals, as businesses, as governments.


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ACS: Best Quality Data with the Least Public Burden

Making government data more accessible or “open” to improve government, business and community decisions is a major initiative in the Commerce Department’s “Open for Business Agenda.”


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Assess Costs Everywhere – Now Even Better!

The Assess Costs Everywhere (ACE) tool outlines the wide range of costs and risks associated with offshore production, and provide links to important public and private resources, so that firms can more accurately assess the total cost of operating overseas.


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Big Day for Big Data: The Beginning of Our Data Transformation

The Commerce Department participated in the inaugural Open Data Roundtable at the White House, with GovLab at NYU and the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy.


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The Economics and Statistics Administration (ESA) releases 12 monthly and quarterly Principal Federal Economic Indicators collected by its constituent bureaus: the U.S. Census Bureau and the Bureau of Economic Analysis (BEA). Businesses rely heavily upon these indicators to make decisions every day. In their public comments, the Secretary and ESA's Under Secretary and Chief Economist put the indicators into a national and global economic context.

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The American Community Survey (ACS) is an ongoing survey that provides data every year -- giving communities the current information they need to plan investments and services. Information from the survey generates data that help determine how more than $400 billion in federal and state funds are distributed each year.

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You're Invited: This Friday - Gross Domestic Product (GDP) Conference Call Featuring Under Secretary Mark Doms

Business Forward is committed to keeping you informed about important economic data and what it means for you and your business. That’s why we’re revamping our series on economic indicators to include a key figure – Gross Domestic Product (GDP).  Each month, the U.S. Department of Commerce releases an estimate of GDP, the measure of all economic output produced in the United States. Many business leaders and economists use GDP to assess the current state of the economy and forecast future consumer demand, revenue, earnings, and a range of other market metrics.

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Data Snapshot: How Much Do Small- and Medium-sized Businesses Contribute to U.S. Exports?

Small and Medium Sized Companies Contribution to U.S. GoodsIn his State of the Union address, President Obama said that “21st century businesses, including small businesses, need to sell more American products overseas. Today, our businesses export more than ever, and exporters tend to pay their workers higher wages…”

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Data Snapshot of the Week: Baby, It's Cold Outside

House Heating Chart

House Heating ChartWhat are the coldest locations in the United States, and what heating sources do residents in those chilly climes rely upon to warm up their homes?

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Competition Among U.S. Broadband Service Providers

More than one quarter of American homes have not adopted Internet service, many citing cost as their primary reason. Since market competition can significantly affect consumer prices, we set out to ask: how many Internet service providers (ISPs) are available to consumers at different levels of download speeds?

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The Chief Economist is the Under Secretary's principal adviser on economic matters and serves as a special adviser to the Secretary of Commerce. The Office of the Chief Economist conducts analyses of policy proposals, monitors and interprets current economic developments; as well as analyzes major economic policy developments for use by senior officials throughout the Administration.

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