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Next funding round of $504 million for 12 tech hubs across America

The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), announced another funding round of approximately $504 million in implementation grants to 12 tech hubs.

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The Biden-Harris Administration, through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), announced another funding round of approximately $504 million in implementation grants to 12 tech hubs to scale up the production of critical technologies, create jobs in innovative industries, strengthen U.S. economic competitiveness and national security, and accelerate the growth of industries of the future in regions across the United States.

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The Tech Hubs Program is a flagship initiative of President Biden’s Administration to invest in and grow the economies in communities across the country, advancing America’s global leadership in critical technologies, and strengthening our national and economic security. 

Kamala Harris, Vice President, USA, said: “Every American deserves the opportunity to thrive, no matter where they live. Today’s announcement that the Department of Commerce is investing $504 million in Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs across the country will ensure that the benefits of the industries of the future – from artificial intelligence and clean energy, to biotechnology and more – are shared with communities that have been overlooked for far too long, including rural, Tribal, industrial, and disadvantaged communities. These Tech Hubs will give regions across our nation the resources and opportunities necessary to lead in the economy of tomorrow while creating good-paying jobs for American workers.”

U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo, said: “Through the Tech Hubs program, we are maintaining our competitive edge by advancing America’s leadership in commercializing critical emerging tech sectors. And, we’re leveraging the diverse talent and resources that currently exist across the country to achieve this goal. Thanks to President Biden’s commitment to his investing in America agenda, these 12 Tech Hubs will play a critical role in accelerating America’s leadership in the industries of the future, all while creating high quality, family-sustaining 21st century jobs in people’s backyards.”

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President Biden announced the selection of 31 Tech Hubs Designees in October 2023. EDA has selected projects for funding in each of the 12 Hubs below, with award amounts to be finalized in the coming months. 

Tech Hubs implementation awardees are:

Elevate Quantum Tech Hub (Colorado, New Mexico)

Lead Agency: Elevate Quantum

Technology Focus: quantum information technology

Estimated Award Amount: $41 million  

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Headwaters Hub (Montana)

Lead Agency: Accelerate Montana  

Technology Focus: smart photonic sensor systems  

Estimated Award Amount: $41 million

Heartland BioWorks (Indiana)

Lead Agency: Applied Research Institute   

Technology Focus: biomanufacturing 

Estimated Award Amount: $51 million

iFAB Tech Hub (Illinois)

Lead Agency: University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign   

Technology Focus: precision fermentation and biomanufacturing 

Estimated Award Amount: $51 million 

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Nevada Tech Hub (Nevada)

Lead Agency: University of Nevada, Reno   

Technology Focus: lithium batteries and electric vehicle materials 

Estimated Award Amount: $21 million 

NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub (New York)

Lead Agency: CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity   

Technology Focus: semiconductor manufacturing

Estimated Award Amount: $40 million

ReGen Valley Tech Hub (New Hampshire)

Lead Agency: Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute   

Technology Area: biofabrication 

Estimated Award Amount: $44 million 

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SC Nexus for Advanced Resilient Energy (South Carolina, Georgia)

Lead Agency: South Carolina Department of Commerce   

Technology Focus: clean energy supply chain

Estimated Award Amount: $45 million

South Florida ClimateReady Tech Hub (Florida)

Lead Agency: Miami Dade County Innovation and Economic Development Office   

Technology Focus: sustainable and climate-resilient infrastructure 

Estimated Award Amount: $19 million 

Sustainable Polymers Tech Hub (Ohio)

Lead Agency: Greater Akron Chamber   

Technology Focus: sustainable polymers

Estimated Award Amount: $51 million

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Tulsa Hub for Equitable & Trustworthy Autonomy (Oklahoma)

Lead Agency: Tulsa Innovation Labs    

Technology Focus: secure autonomous systems  

Estimated Award Amount: $51 million

Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub (Wisconsin)

Lead Agency: BioForward Wisconsin   

Technology Focus: personalized medicine

Estimated Award Amount: $49 million

“The Department of Commerce is laser focused on expanding economic opportunity to every corner of this country,” said Deputy Commerce Secretary Don Graves. “The Tech Hubs program is a commitment to American economic prosperity and success. These 12 awardees embody the innovation and creativity that can be found nationwide, boosting U.S. manufacturing and bolstering U.S. global competitiveness, bringing President Biden’s Investing In America agenda to the forefront.” 

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Phase 1 of the program identified 31 Tech Hubs in geographically diverse, high-potential regions across the country with demonstrated expertise in emergent technology sectors. Collectively, these Tech Hubs secured well over a thousand commitments, attracting more than $4 billion in investment commitments and catalyzing meaningful public and institutional policy changes that support their strategies. In Phase 2, the Tech Hubs developed and proposed projects to propel their growth into globally recognized regions that produce and deliver the technologies of the future.

Overall, consortia membership grew by 50% since the Hubs were designated in October 2023, and over a third of consortia members are industry partners, demonstrating strong community support. If subsequent funding becomes available, EDA plans to invest in additional Tech Hubs, keeping this innovative program’s momentum going for decades to come. The Tech Hubs Program was authorized by the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act, a key part of President Biden’s Investing in America agenda, which he signed into law in August 2022. The statute authorized $10 billion for the program over five years. To date, EDA has been appropriated $541 million for the program. 

“The Tech Hubs Designees exemplify place-based economic development strategies at their best: combining federal resources with regional assets, expertise, and coalitions to implement transformational opportunities,” said Assistant Secretary of Commerce for Economic Development, Alejandra Y. Castillo. “We’re excited to see this initial round of implementation funding supporting a surge of new jobs, new technologies, and new energy to bolster America’s competitiveness.” 

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