America’s entrepreneurs are on the front lines of the global clean energy race, and the Department of Energy and the Administration want to hear from you about the barriers that are standing in your way and what we can do to help remove them.
“For our own good, we want as wide of a talent pool as we can get,” Secretary Steven Chu said in his remarks to employees. “[Diversity] is a good thing and an important thing to do. It’s also the right thing to do.”
From their labs under the hot New Mexican sun, the staff at Sandia National Laboratories has been quietly drawing in some of the Nation’s top Native American scientists and engineers. They’ve amassed a team of award-winning innovators through long-term recruitment efforts, connecting new arrivals to thriving Native American community at Sandia.
Today (December 5) the Gulf Coast Ecosystem Restoration Task Force released its final strategy for long-term restoration in the Gulf, a path forward based on input from states, tribes, federal agencies, local governments and thousands of involved citizens and organizations.
When the National Nuclear Security Administration (NNSA) looked for an institution to get a strong engineering base to recruit from, they turned straight to Northern Arizona University (NAU), the top recruiter of Native American engineering students in their area. Since 2010, NNSA has funded a 12-week summer internship program at Lawrence Livermore National Laboratory (LLNL) in nearby California working with NAU professors to recruit top-notch engineering students to assist with LLNL projects.
We celebrate Native American Heritage Month to honor Native Americans, their rich heritage, and their present accomplishments. Native Americans are innovators, entrepreneurs, leaders, and scholars, and our debt to them is immense.
"The next two decades of global diversity and inclusion will present unprecedented opportunities and challenges," began the description of one of yesterday's panels at the 2011 National Diversity Women's Business Leadership Conference.
"When CSG undertakes a project, we are not simply representing a brand or even a corporation. We are representing the reputation of an entire nation and culture. The name Cherokee and the heritage and people it represents have been around for hundreds of years. We are proud stewards of the name of a nation that will exist long after our project is finished. For that reason, we take to heart these values of integrity, professionalism, and excellence." - Cherokee Services Group
Today we kick-off Hispanic Heritage Month, celebrating under the theme of "Renewing the American Dream." The Energy Department joins the rest of the Administration in participating in a series of events that reflect various factors of the Hispanic community, including jobs and the economy, healthy communities and healthy families, an education for the 21stcentury, and celebrating the heritage and contributions of Hispanics to the fabric of America.
Today, President Obama announced a new initiative called Quick Pay that will cut the time it takes for Federal agencies to pay small businesses for contracted services. Now small businesses like yours can get paid faster for products and services provided to the Federal government, allowing small business contractors to invest back into the economy and create more job growth.