Biden-Harris Administration Announces Next Funding Round of $504 Million for 12 Tech Hubs Across America

Biden-Harris Administration Announces 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 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.

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.

“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,” said Vice President Kamala Harris. “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.”

“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,” said U.S. Secretary of Commerce Gina Raimondo. “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.”

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 
  • 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 
  • 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 
  • 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
  • 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.”

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 percent 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.”

Resumen en Español:

La Administración Biden-Harris ha anunciado una nueva ronda de financiación de aproximadamente $504 millones para los Centros de Tecnología (Tech Hubs) a través de la Administración de Desarrollo Económico del Departamento de Comercio de EE. UU. Este programa busca mejorar la producción de tecnologías críticas, crear empleos y fortalecer la economía de EE. UU. Los fondos se distribuirán entre 12 Tech Hubs, cada uno centrado en diferentes áreas tecnológicas, desde la inteligencia artificial en la manufactura hasta la biomanufactura. Este esfuerzo busca democratizar el acceso a la innovación y asegurar que las comunidades desfavorecidas también se beneficien de las tecnologías del futuro. La iniciativa, respaldada por la Ley de Ciencia y CHIPS, promete transformar la manufactura y el desarrollo tecnológico en EE. UU.