News Releases

DBEDT Bolsters Hawaii’s Defense Economy with New ProjectsPosted on July 15, 2021 in News
DBEDT is pleased to announce three new projects that will focus on strengthening and growing Hawaii’s second largest economic driver – the defense sector.
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Dept. of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Hawaii’s Unemployment Rate at 7.7 Percent in JunePosted on July 15, 2021 in News
DBEDT today announced that the seasonally adjusted unemployment rate fo rJune 21 7.7 percent compared to the revised rate of 8.0 percent in May.
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Office of Planning
State Announces the Revision and Update of the Hawaii 2050 Sustainability PlanPosted on July 2, 2021 in News
Office of Planning and Sustainable Development — The Office of Planning and Sustainable Development is pleased to announce the launch and update of the “Hawaii 2050 Sustainability Plan: Charting a Course for the Decade of Action”.
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Office of Planning
The State of Hawaii Office of Planning Becomes the New “State of Hawaii Office of Planning and Sustainable Development”Posted on July 2, 2021 in News
Office of Planning and Sustainable Development — Governor David Ige recently signed into law, House Bills 1149 and 1318 as Acts 153 and 152, respectively. The two laws work in conjunction and consolidate various government land use and environmental policy functions of different agencies into the newly renamed “Office of Planning and Sustainable Development.”
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Dept. of Business, Economic Development & Tourism
Small Business Regulatory Review Board Elects 2021-2022 OfficersPosted on July 1, 2021 in News
Small Business Regulatory Review Board — DBEDT Small Business Regulatory Review Board has announced its officers for fiscal year 2021 to 2022.
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High Technology Development Corp.
Hawaii’s Digital Currency Lab Announces Second Cohort of ParticipantsPosted on June 18, 2021 in News
Hawaii Technology Development Corp. — The State of Hawaii’s Digital Currency Innovation Lab (DCIL) today announced the admission of four new U.S.-based digital currency companies.
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Quarterly Statistical & Economic Report
Hawaii’s Economic Improvement AcceleratingPosted on May 26, 2021 in News
DBEDT released its second quarter 2021 Statistical and Economic Report today. DBEDT revised its economic growth projection for 2021 to 3.5 percent, up from the 2.7 percent projected in February this year.
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Buy Hawaii Give Aloha
Hawaii PPE Manufacturers Promoted Online via Buy Hawaii, Give AlohaPosted on May 4, 2021 in News
Locally made personal protective equipment (PPE) is now available for purchase on the Buy Hawaii, Give Aloha website.
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Hawaii State Energy Office
Alternative Fuel Corridor Status to Boost Kauai’s EV Expansion EffortsPosted on April 23, 2021 in News
Hawaii State Energy Office — Hawaii got some good Earth Day news Thursday when officials received word that the Federal Highway Administration approved the Kauai Alternative Fuel Corridor.
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Foreign-Trade Zone No. 9
Hawaii’s First Foreign-Trade Zone Administrator and Industry Pioneer, Homer A. Maxey, Passes AwayPosted on April 23, 2021 in News
It is with profound sadness that Foreign-Trade Zone No. 9 and the Department of Business, Economic Development & Tourism announced the passing of Homer A. Maxey, Jr.
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