Commerce Sec. Pritzker hits Chicago Wednesday for first official visit back home

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WASHINGTON–Commerce Sec. Penny Pritzker returns home for her first official visit, appearing Wednesday at Google Chicago in an event hosted by World Business Chicago.

Pritzker has spent most of her time in Washington since President Barack Obama tapped her for the spot earlier this year. She was back in Chicago a few weeks ago to watch her son run in the Chicago marathon. My October column on Pritzker’s first months as Commerce Secretary is HERE.

At the World Business Chicago/Google event, Pritzker will deliver remarks and be part of a conversation billed as a “fireside chat,” the Commerce Department said Tuesday morning.

“Pritzker will discuss her first 100 days in office, her areas of focus moving forward, and the Obama Administration’s efforts to grow the economy and create jobs. Specifically, she will highlight the need to invest in infrastructure, help workers develop skills for 21st century jobs and support R&D and innovation,” the department said in a statement.

Vice President Joe Biden swore Pritzker in as the nation’s 38th secretary of Commerce on June 27.

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