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From Sand to Solar

Energy investors and entrepreneurs often refer to the period between technologies being developed in the lab and making their way to the marketplace as a “valley of death” due to the multitude of factors that can prevent those advancements from reaching the consumer. Today, just miles from the real Death Valley in Nevada,

West Wing Week: "Independence"

Thanks for checking out the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. This week, walk step by step with the President as he speaks about 6 straight months of job growth, celebrates America’s Independence Day with Military Families, watches a fireworks extravaganza with the First Lady, meets with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu, tours Smith

President Obama on Government and Economic Recovery in Nevada

Following up on his tour of Smith Electric’s new factory in Kansas City yesterday – an all-electric, zero emissions commercial truck manufacturer that received a $32 million Recovery Act grant – the President spoke today at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas on the nexus of government, the emerging clean energy economy, and recovery: read more


The President believes that often the best ideas come from outside Washington and from those who work day in and day out on the frontlines. That was the thinking behind the SAVE Award we launched last year – a way to get ideas directly from federal workers all over the world about how to cut waste and save taxpayer dollars. In just three weeks, federal employees submitted more than 38,000 ideas identifying opportunities to save money and improve performance.

Smith Electric Just One Example of Innovation in Kansas City

Today, President Obama spoke with workers at Smith Electric’s new factory in Kansas City. Missouri. With a $32 million grant under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act coupled with $36 million in private capital, the electric vehicle company is building up to 500 all-electric trucks.