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Made in Hawaii
E-Commerce Conference Featuring Amazon and Shopify Attracts More Than 250 Hawaii Manufacturers and RetailersPosted on February 22, 2024 in News
More than 250 attendees gathered at the Ala Moana Hotel for the first-ever "Made in Hawaii Presents: Your Future in E-Commerce" conference.
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Final Version of Hawaii Digital Equity Plan PublishedPosted on February 21, 2024 in News
Hawaii Broadband and Digital Equity Office — With the aim of ensuring universal access to the internet and addressing diverse digital needs across our state, DBEDT's Hawaii Broadband and Digital Equity Office has published the final version of its Hawaii Digital Equity Plan.
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Hawaii Reaffirms Sister State Relationship with Ehime PrefecturePosted on February 9, 2024 in News
Governor Josh Green, M.D., and Governor Tokihiro Nakamura of Ehime Prefecture, reaffirmed the Hawaii-Ehime sister-state agreement on Friday, February 9, 2024.
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Amazon and Shopify to Headline Made in Hawaii E-Commerce Conference on February 21Posted on February 1, 2024 in News
DBEDT, in collaboration with industry leaders Amazon and Shopify, announced today that the first-ever “Made in Hawaii Presents: Your Future in E-Commerce” conference will be held at the Ala Moana Hotel on Wednesday, February 21.
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December 2023 Marked the Fifth Consecutive Month with Declining Visitor ExpendituresPosted on January 30, 2024 in News
Total visitor arrivals to the Hawaiian Islands (860,831 visitors, -1.3%) and total visitor spending measured in nominal dollars ($1.96 billion, -1.2%) were down slightly in December 2023, compared to December 2022.
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Hawaii December Unemployment Rate Remains at 2.9 PercentPosted on January 22, 2024 in News
DBEDT today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate for December was 2.9 percent, the same as in October and November.
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Locally Created Media Industry in Focus as Hawaii Content Creators Head into Awards Season and Leverage Range of Workforce Development Events at HomePosted on January 18, 2024 in News
Paving the way toward a more vibrant locally created media industry, Hawaii State DBEDT’s Creative Industries Division is supporting awards season marketing for local films to reach global audiences.
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First Convening of Maui Economic Recovery CommissionPosted on January 17, 2024 in News
DBEDT and County of Maui Office of Economic Development convened the first meeting of the Maui Economic Recovery Commission on January 5, 2024 at the University of Hawaii Maui College in Kahului, Hawaii.
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Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority
Total Economic Impact Generated By NELHA HOST Park Jumps Significantly To More Than $145 Million AnnuallyPosted on January 12, 2024 in News
Natural Energy Laboratory of Hawaii Authority — An analysis of the NELHA Hawaii Ocean Science and Technology (HOST) Park at Keahole Point found that the total economic impact of the park was $145.4 million in 2022.
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Visitor Expenditures Decreased for November 2023 Compared to November 2022Posted on December 28, 2023 in News
After recording three consecutive months of decreases in both visitor arrivals and visitor spending, November 2023 data showed a modest growth in visitor arrivals, but total visitor spending continued to decline compared to a year ago.
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