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WASHINGTON–New Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker is launching a “listening tour” at the end of this week, hitting Boulder and Denver in her first national swing. On Tuesday, Pritzker, the Chicago billionaire business executive, hosted a reception for about 100 folks at the Commerce Department to celebrate her new job. Among those present: Former Commmerce Secretary/Democratic Illinois governor candidate Bill Daley; Mayor Rahm Emanuel; House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi and Sen. Dick Durbin.
Regarding the listening tour, according to a Commerce Department release, “Pritzker will travel across the country, engaging with business and thought leaders, academics and Department of Commerce employees.”
Below, from the Commerce Department….
Pritzker will travel across the country, engaging with business and thought leaders, academics and Department of Commerce employees
U.S. Secretary of Commerce Penny Pritzker will launch a nationwide listening tour this week, during which she will travel across the country to meet with business and thought leaders, entrepreneurs, academics and Department of Commerce employees. She’ll hear from these groups about their priorities, concerns and ideas on how the public and private sectors can work together to strengthen the economy and create American jobs.
“As Secretary of Commerce, my goal is to serve as a bridge to the business community – both domestically and abroad – so that we can work together to strengthen the economy and create jobs and opportunities for all Americans,” said Secretary Pritzker. “I intend to leverage the sum of my experiences as an entrepreneur, a business leader, and a citizen deeply committed to American competitiveness to help strengthen the Department and the government-wide leadership it provides in areas such as manufacturing, attracting business investment, innovation, and exporting.”
Colorado marks the first stop on her tour, which begins this week. In Boulder, she will tour Ball Aerospace and Technologies Corp., which produces spacecraft instruments and sensors, radio frequency and microwave technologies, and a variety of advanced aerospace technologies and products. Ball Aerospace also works with Commerce’s National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) on development of its satellite program. While there, Secretary Pritzker will hold a roundtable with local business and community leaders, as well as government officials, to hear about the challenges they face when it comes to the growth and success of businesses and the economy.
In Denver, Secretary Pritzker will visit Intertech Plastics, Inc., which is a provider of high speed, high volume injection molding products.
“I believe it’s particularly important to connect with business and thought leaders early and often, both to hear their ideas on how government and the private sector can work together, but also to promote the tremendous work the Department of Commerce does on behalf of U.S. companies, whether that’s supporting manufacturers, empowering exporters to reach new markets, bringing broadband to communities across the nation, or providing intellectual property protection,” Secretary Pritzker said.
As part of her listening tour, Secretary Pritzker will also visit Department of Commerce facilities located all across the country. In Boulder, she will visit offices of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), NOAA, and the National Telecommunications and Information Administration (NTIA). In Denver, she will visit with additional Department of Commerce employees.