EDA Announces 31 Tech Hubs Across U.S. 

New Tech Hubs program will drive regional innovation and job creation by strengthening a region’s capacity to manufacture, commercialize, and deploy technology.

Today, the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) designated 31 Tech Hubs in regions across the nation. This is the first phase of the new Tech Hubs program, an economic development initiative designed to drive regional innovation and job creation by strengthening a region’s capacity to manufacture, commercialize, and deploy technology that will advance American competitiveness. The program invests directly in burgeoning, high-potential U.S. regions and aims to transform them into globally competitive innovation centers. The Tech Hubs initiative was authorized by the bipartisan CHIPS and Science Act.

The 31 Tech Hubs are located across 32 states and Puerto Rico, and represent a cross-section of urban and rural regions. Designation is an endorsement of the region’s plans to supercharge their respective technological industries to create jobs, strengthen U.S. competitiveness, and protect national security. The Tech Hubs focus on industries ranging from autonomous systems, quantum computing, biotechnology, precision medicine, clean energy advancement, semiconductor manufacturing, and more.

U.S. Tech Hubs
(Source: U.S. EDA)

 

EDA also awarded 29 Strategy Development Grants (SDG) to help communities increase local coordination and planning activities. Such development could make selected grantees more competitive for future Tech Hubs funding opportunities.

“Our Tech Hubs Program … will supercharge innovation across the nation by spurring cutting-edge technological investments and creating 21st century job opportunities in people’s backyards.”

— Gina Raimondo,
U.S. Secretary of Commerce

“President Biden’s Investing in America agenda is rooted in policies that will empower the United States to out-innovate and out-compete the rest of the world. Our Tech Hubs Program is fundamental to that mission and will supercharge innovation across the nation by spurring cutting-edge technological investments and creating 21st century job opportunities in people’s backyards,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “Each of these consortia will help us ensure the industries of the future—and their good-paying jobs—start, grow, and remain in the United States.”

“Innovation, cutting-edge research, and creativity can be found in every community across America. Thanks to President Biden’s Investing in America Agenda, the Tech Hubs program is seizing that potential and investing in regional consortia that will boost U.S. manufacturing, create more good-paying jobs and bolster U.S. global competitiveness,” said Deputy Secretary of Commerce Don Graves. “The phase 1 designees and grant recipients reflect the diverse technological industries growing here at home and are symbols of American innovation and opportunity. The Tech Hubs program will provide them tools and resources to drive economic growth across the nation, which Americans will feel for generations to come.”

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The Phase 1 winners were selected from nearly 400 applications from regional consortia that include industry, academia, state and local governments, economic development organizations, and labor and workforce partners. As part of the Tech Hubs competition, each consortium outlined plans for strengthening its region’s capacity to manufacture, commercialize, and deploy critical technologies.

“These outstanding 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. “As each region develops its own strategy to catalyze innovation and job creation, the entire nation grows more secure and more competitive.”

The Department of Commerce launched a second Tech Hubs Notice of Funding Opportunity today, which will allow the designated Tech Hubs to apply to receive between $40 million and $70 million each for implementation funding, totaling nearly $500 million.

The Tech Hubs designees are:

Safe and Effective Autonomous Systems

  • Headwaters Hub – smart photonic sensor systems: Montana
  • Ocean Tech Hub – ocean robotics, sensors, and materials:, Rhode Island, Massachusetts
  • Trustworthy & Equitable Autonomous Systems Tech Hub – secure autonomous systems: Oklahoma

Maintaining Our Quantum Edge

  • Elevate Quantum Colorado – quantum information technology: Colorado
  • The Bloch Tech Hub – quantum computing and communications: Illinois, Indiana, Wisconsin

Advancing Biotechnology: Drugs and Devices

  • Advanced Pharma Manufacturing Tech Hub – active pharma ingredient manufacturing: Virginia
  • ReGen Valley Tech Hub – organ and tissue biofabrication: New Hampshire
  • iFab Tech Hub – precision fermentation and biomanufacturing: Illinois
  • Kansas City Inclusive Biologics and Biomanufacturing Tech Hub– vaccine-related biologics and manufacturing: Missouri, Kansas
  • Heartland BioWorks – biologics manufacturing: Indiana
  • PRBio Tech Hub – biopharmaceutical and medical device manufacturing: Puerto Rico

Advancing Biotechnology: Precision and Prediction

  • Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub – personalized medicine: Wisconsin
  • Baltimore Tech Hub – predictive healthcare, Maryland
  • Birmingham Biotechnology Hub – equitable AI-driven biotechnology: Alabama
  • Greater Philadelphia Region Precision Medicine Tech Hub-end to end precision medicin: Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland, New Jersey
  • Minnesota MedTech 3.0 – smart medical technologies: Minnesota, Wisconsin

 

Accelerating Our Energy Transition

  • Gulf Louisiana Offshore Wind Propeller – offshore wind and renewable energy: Louisiana
  • Intermountain-West Nuclear Energy Tech Hub– small modular reactors and microreactors: Idaho, Wyoming
  • SC Nexus for Advanced Resilient Energy – clean energy supply chain: South Carolina, Georgia
  • South Florida Climate Resilience Tech Hub – sustainable and climate resilient infrastructure: Florida
  • New Energy New York (NENY) Battery Tech Hub – end to end battery development and manufacturing: New York

Strengthening Our Critical Minerals Supply Chain

  • Critical Minerals and Materials for Advanced Energy (CM2AE) Tech Hub– critical mineral processing in MO
  • Nevada Lithium Batteries and Other EV Material Loop – lithium batteries and electric vehicle materials: Nevada

Regaining Leadership in Semiconductor Manufacturing

  • Texoma Semiconductor Innovation Consortium – fablet-based semiconductor manufacturing: Texas, Oklahoma
  • Corvallis Microfluidics Tech Hub – microfluidics platforms, Oregon
  • Advancing GaN Tech Hub – gallium nitride-based semiconductors: Vermont
  • NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub – end-to-end semiconductor manufacturing: New York

Growing the Future of Materials Manufacturing

  • Sustainable Polymers Tech Hub – sustainable plastics and rubbers: Ohio
  • Forest Bioproducts Advanced Manufacturing Tech Hub – sustainable wood biomass polymers: Maine
  • American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Tech Hub – aerospace materials manufacturing: Washington, Idaho
  • Pacific Northwest Mass Timber Tech Hub– mass timber manufacturing and design: Washington, Oregon

Detailed descriptions of all 31 Tech Hubs designees, as well as the 29 Strategic Development Grant recipients, are available here.

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