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October 17 Webinar: Federal Broadband Funding -- Policies and Programs to Connect America

BroadbandUSA will offer an October 17 (2:00 p.m. Eastern) overview of federal funding options to support increasing broadband access in communities across the United States. Learn about recent program and policy updates from officials representing the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) and the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration (EDA).


  • Barrett L. Haga, Ph.D., Senior Administrator for Economic Engagement, Economic Development Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce
  • Shawn Arner, Deputy Assistant Administrator, Loan Origination and Approval Division, RUS Telecommunications Program, U.S. Department of Agriculture
  • Kate Dumouchel, Attorney Advisor, Telecommunications Access Policy Division, Wireline Competition Bureau, Federal Communications Commission

Please pre-register for the webinar using this registration link. After registering, you will receive a confirmation email containing information about joining the webinar.

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"Skillful Indiana" Launches with Support from a Broad Partnership

Today (October 11), Eric J. Holcomb, Indiana Governor; Zoë Baird, CEO and President of the Markle Foundation; Beth Cobert, CEO of Skillful (a Markle initiative); and Mary Snapp, Head of Microsoft Philanthropies announced that Skillful will begin operations in Indiana, bringing investment, training, tools and innovative methods to augment Governor Holcomb's Next Level workforce development plan. The launch of Skillful Indiana brings together the Markle Foundation, Microsoft Philanthropies, LinkedIn, Walmart, Lumina Foundation, Purdue University and Purdue Extension with the Governor's Workforce Cabinet and local workforce development boards to create better pathways to good jobs for Hoosiers. Skillful Indiana will work with Indiana businesses and the state's innovative educational community to equip Hoosiers with marketable skills that are the new currency of the digital economy.

First established in Colorado, Skillful is dedicated to enabling all Americans - particularly those without a four-year college degree - to secure good jobs in a changing economy. Skillful engages employers, educators, policymakers and workforce development organizations to create a labor market in which skills are valued, and people can more easily access the information and education they need to secure good jobs. Skillful, with its strategic partner Microsoft, selected Indiana for expansion after careful consideration as it possesses critical elements and needed infrastructure for success, including strong support from the Governor and Indiana's workforce ecosystem.


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Bureau of Labor Statistics Renews Data Users and Technical Advisory Committees

The Department of Labor today (October 11) has published a Federal Register notice announcing the renewal of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Data Users Advisory Committee.

The Department has also published a notice announcing the renewal of the Bureau of Labor Statistics Technical Advisory Committee.

Updated: October 11, 2018