What are the 31 Tech Hubs in the CHIPS & Science Act

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June 21, 2024 |

Frontpage news as Biden signs the CHIPS and Science ACT

 In August 2023, President Joseph R Biden signed the CHIPs & Science Act.

The CHIPS and Science Act is a federal statute enacted by the US Congress and signed into law by President Joseph R. Biden on August 9, 2022. The Act designates roughly $106 billion in various types of funding, both direct sponsorship and tax breaks in the hopes of encouraging American companies to build new silicon chip manufacturing plants in the United States. There’s lots of funding for advanced semiconductor research and development, some of which will go to the National Science Foundation to stimulate education and thereby resolve short-term labor supply issues.

The US government collected over 400 applications from across America, and in October 2023, the Biden-⁠Harris Administration recognized and funded 31 regional Tech Hubs to spur innovation, strengthen manufacturing, and create good paying jobs. These 31 Tech Hubs have already received some funding and now compete for even more benefits in Phase 2 of the program.

Tech Hubs span thirty-two states and Puerto Rico and experts believe fostering their growth will help propel American innovation in chip manufacturing and other related industries. The act authorizes roughly $280 billion in new funding to bolster US semiconductor capacity, stimulating more R&D while training a larger, more inclusive STEM (Science Technology, Engineering, Mathematics) workforce.

What is a Tech Hub?

official tech hub badge BBB, CHIPS and Science ACTClustered around major American universities and research institutes are communities of high tech businesses which thrive because of their close association and the way they share new ideas and conspire to create innovative assembly processes.

Earning an official Tech Hubs designation from the US government is a strong endorsement of an economic region’s plan to supercharge a critical technological ecosystem and become a global leader over time.

Tech Hubs Designees as they’re officially called, have already received grant money and most have since applied for the Tech Hubs Phase 2 Notice of Funding Opportunity (the deadline was 29 February 2024). Those applications are in, and now we’re waiting for subsequent announcements to tell us which Tech Hubs will receive the Phase 2 Implementation Award through the U.S. Economic Development Administration.

What are the 31 Tech Hubs?

Here are the locations and the official names of the Tech Hubs in these regions.  We are missing one. Can you tell us in the comments which Tech hub is missing and also any inaccuracies or updates to this reporting.

  • 1. Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, NY: NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub
  • 2. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Tulsa Innovation Labs
  • 3. Rhode Island and Massachusetts, Ocean Tech Hub
  • 4. Montana: Headwaters Hub – Accelerate Montana
  • 5. Denver, Colorado: Denver Tech Center
  • 6. Chicago, Illinois: 1871 Chicago
  • 7. Richmond, Virginia: Virginia Tech Corporate Research Center
  • 8. New Hampshire: New Hampshire Tech Alliance
  • 9. University of Illinois: Research Park at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign
  • 10. Kansas City: KC Tech Council
  • 12. Bloomington Indiana: The Mill
  • 13. Puerto Rico: Parallel18
  • 14. Milwaukee Wisconsin: Milwaukee Tech Hub Coalition
  • 15. Birmingham, Alabama: Innovation Depot
  • 16. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania: University City Science Center
  • 17. St. Paul, Minnesota: MSP Tech Hub
  • 18. Louisiana: Nexus Louisiana
  • 19. Boise, Idaho: Trailhead Boise
  • 20. South Carolina and Georgia: SC Launch Inc. (South Carolina) and ATDC (Georgia)
  • 21. Miami, Florida: eMerge Americas
  • 22. Birmingham, New York: Birmingham Tech Hub
  • 23. Nevada: Nevada Center for Applied Research
  • 24. Missouri: Cortex Innovation Community (St. Louis) and UMKC Innovation Center (Kansas City)
  • 25. Texas: Capital Factory (Austin)
  • 26. Oregon: Oregon Bioscience Incubator
  • 27. Vermont: Vermont Center for Emerging Technologies
  • 28. Akron, Ohio: Bounce Innovation Hub
  • 29. Maine: Maine Center for Entrepreneurs
  • 30. Washington: CoMotion Labs (University of Washington)
  • 31. Baltimore, Maryland: ETC (Emerging Technology Centers)

The cities and names reflect the official or commonly recognized designations of Tech Hubs in these locations. Let’s look at some of them in more detail.

  1. 1. NY SMART I-Corridor Tech Hub – Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse

After securing the Tech Hub designation for Buffalo, Rochester, Syracuse, the New York Semiconductor Manufacturing and Research Technology Innovation Corridor Consortium (NY SMART I-Corridor), U.S. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer then announced the coalition has officially submitted its application for up to $54 million in additional funding as per the Phase 2 Implementation funding. KPDI Blog has already examined this nearby tech cluster and why it’s perfectly positioned to be the most successful Tech Hub. Buffalo, NY, aerial view, Lake Erie, motorway

Why is Buffalo NY the fastest growing Tech Hub in the United States?

Buffalo has a skilled workforce in a handy location with plenty of room to expand. It’s an increasingly important commercial center and is growing faster than Boston, and the Bay Area, San Francisco, and every other Tech Hub in the United States.

  1. 2. Tulsa, Oklahoma: Tulsa Innovation Labs

Tulsa Hub for Equitable & Trustworthy Autonomy (THETA), led by Tulsa Innovation Labs, aims to become a global leader in developing and commercializing autonomous systems for use cases ranging from agriculture and pipeline inspections to regional transportation.

Tulsa Oklahoma Tech Hub logo

Leveraging the Greater Tulsa Region’s university-based research institutes in aircraft systems (UAS) and cybersecurity technologies. The Skyway Range flight corridor testing facility is core to their pitch.  The THETA Tech Hub will develop and innovate autonomous systems applications while increasing their security and integrity and everything manufactured here will bear the moniker, ‘Tested and Made in Tulsa, USA.’

  1. 3. Rhode Island and Maryland have an Ocean Tech Hub

Ocean Tech Hub logoOcean Tech Hub is a federally designated Tech Hub and one of 31 designations announced by the White House in October 2023.

Ocean Tech Hub (RI, MA), led by the Rhode Island Commerce Corporation, aims to develop, test, and commercialize emerging maritime artificial intelligence and machine learning-enabled robotics and sensors.

 

4. Montana – Headwaters Hub

Headwaters Hub is led by Accelerate Montana and aims to be a global leader in smart technologies for automating complex processes, such as industrial manufacturing.

Headwater Tech Hub logo

They plan to build onto Montana’s existing strength in smart optical sensing technologies and expand their capabilities into autonomous systems, national defense, precision agriculture, and critical resource management. The key focus of this Tech Hub is to rapidly scale the commercialization and industry applications of smart photonic sensing systems which can be applied to national security and disaster prevention applications.

5. Denver Colorado – Elevate Quantum

Elevate Quantum in Colorado aims to solidify the region’s global leadership in quantum information system technology (QIST) to increase infrastructure resilience and strengthen the quantum hardware supply chain. It’s a public-private consortium with more than seventy member organizations. This collective works to ensure Colorado and the Mountain West region in general retains its role as national and international leader in quantum technologies and quantum information science.

Elevate Quantum Tech Hub logo

Colorado’s scientists have already earned four Nobel Prizes for their work on quantum science since 2000, and so the region is already home to a plethora of quantum science related organizations. There are already more QIST (Quantum Information Systems and Technology) jobs here than anywhere else in the country.

6. Chicago, Illinois – Bloch Tech Hub

Bloch Tech Hub is led by the Chicago Quantum Exchange (CQE) which is already a leader in quantum computing, communications, and something called QIST –  The idea is to use quantum computing to enable new solutions for other sectors including finance and fraud protection specifically, energy delivery and manufacturing, and biotechnology advances which includes using Artificial Intelligence to promote the discovery of new medicines.

  1. 7. Richmond, Virginia

The Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing Tech Hub (VA), led by the Commonwealth Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Richmond Virginia aims to help secure the medical drug industry from foreign disruptions. Like many other things, overseas pharmaceutical development now causes supply chain vulnerabilities in addition to making regulation and monitoring more difficult. The solution is bring the drug makers home again and this funding accelerates the growth, innovation, and sustainability of the U.S.-based Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing industry to re-shore safe and affordable medicines through innovation and continuous-flow manufacturing technologies.

Virginia pharmaceutical Tech Hub logo

Virginia’s Gateway (VGR) region is a recognized advanced drug hub. It’s a transformational pharmaceutical manufacturing cluster which is already important in our post-COVID world. The Virginia delegation which includes two senators, business leaders and high profile researchers is now pushing for Phase 2 funding and an implementation award from the EDA which would help them secure tens of millions in additional federal funding.

  1. 8. New Hampshire

ReGen Valley Tech Hub is found in Nashua and Manchester New Hampshire, and is led by the Advanced Regenerative Manufacturing Institute (ARMI). The cluster aims to make New Hampshire a global leader in biofabrication to produce cost-effective regenerative therapies which address chronic disease and organ failure.

  1. 9. Illinois

iFAB Tech Hub (IL), led by the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign, aim to scale precision fermentation to convert underutilized corn feedstocks into high-value, customized alternative proteins, food ingredients, materials, chemicals, and more.

10. Kansas City

The KCBioHub includes dozens of partner organizations, including Kansas State University, the University of Kansas, the University of Missouri, the University of Missouri-Kansas City and several two-year and community colleges in the area. This hub will focus on innovations in animal and human vaccine development and manufacturing

Kansas City BIO Nexus tech hub logo

Kansas City Inclusive Biologics and Biomanufacturing Tech Hub (MO, KS), led by BioNexus KC, aims to position eastern Kansas and western Missouri as a global leader in biologics and biomanufacturing, increasing domestic production of life-saving vaccines and other preventative technologies.

11. Indiana

Heartland BioWorks (IN), led by the Applied Research Institute, aims to develop central Indiana into a global leader in biotechnology and biomanufacturing by increasing the region’s capacity to make and deploy life-saving medicines.

  1. 12. Puerto Rico

PRBio Tech Hub (PR), led by the Puerto Rico Science, Technology and Research Trust, aims to advance the region as a global leader in biotechnology through fast-tracking the discovery, development, manufacturing, and supply of next generation biotechnology and medical device products to detect, treat, and cure diseases and ailments.

  1. 13. Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Wisconsin Biohealth Tech Hub (WI), led by BioForward Wisconsin, aims to position Wisconsin as a global leader in personalized medicine, an emerging healthcare approach that tailors tests, treatments, and therapies informed by a patient’s unique genetic code, medical record, and environment.

  1. 14. Birmingham, Alabama

Birmingham Biotechnology Hub in Alabama is led by Southern Research Institute and aims to become a global leader in drug and vaccine development by applying artificial intelligence-driven biotechnology to increase representation in clinical genomic data and clinical trials.

  1. 15. Philadelphia, Pennsylvania

Greater Philadelphia Region Precision Medicine Tech Hub is based in four states, Pennsylvania, Delaware, Maryland and New Jersey. This collective is led by the Ben Franklin Technology Partners of Southeastern PA and aims to become a global leader in end-to-end precision medicine.

  1. 16. St Paul, Minnesota

Minnesota MedTech Hub 3.0 is led by the Minneapolis Saint Paul Economic Development Partnership and hopes to position Minnesota as a global center for “Smart MedTech” by integrating artificial intelligence, machine learning, and data science into medical technology.

  1. 17. Louisiana – GLOW Propeller

Gulf Louisiana Offshore Wind or GLOW Propeller is led by Louisiana State University with a mandate to transition Louisiana’s energy economy from its legacy of oil and gas to wind and renewable energy.

Louisiana Economic Development logo

The GLOW Propeller consortium brings together public and private partners, including five universities (LSU, Southern, Tulane, UNO and Xavier), two community colleges (Delgado and Nunez), industry (Gulf Wind Technology, RWE and Sev1Tech), as well as Greater New Orleans, Inc., the Water Institute of the Gulf, Louisiana Economic Development, Louisiana Department of Natural Resources, City of New Orleans and Port Fourchon, which is America’s leading offshore energy port, located in Lafourche Parish.

  1. 18. Idaho and Wyoming

  2. West Nuclear Energy Tech Hub is led by the Idaho Advanced Energy Consortium and aims to position Idaho and Wyoming as a global leader in small modular reactors (SMR) and advanced nuclear energy to contribute to a clean energy future.
  1. 19. South Carolina and Georgia

SC Nexus for Advanced Resilient Energy is led by the South Carolina Department of Commerce and aims to be a global leader in advanced energy by developing, testing, and deploying exportable electricity technologies.

  1. 20. Miami Florida

South Florida Climate Resilience Tech Hub is led by the Miami Dade County Innovation and Economic Development Office and aims to advance its global leadership in Sustainable and Resilient Infrastructure (SRI) solutions for the global climate crisis.

  1. 21. Birmingham NY – Battery Tech Hub

Birmingham’s New York Battery Tech Hub is led by the State University of New York (SUNY) and aims to bolstering battery technology and manufacturing across the entire value chain.

Battery Tech Hub

Batteries will form the cornerstone of a low carbon economy, whether in cars, aircraft, consumer electronics or grid storage, Birmingham’s advanced battery tech R&D will be invaluable to America’s green revolution.

  1. 22. Nevada

Nevada Lithium Batteries and Other EV Material Loop (NV), led by the University of Nevada, Reno, aims to build a self-sustaining and globally competitive full lithium lifecycle cluster, spanning extraction, processing, manufacturing, and recycling.

  1. 23. Missouri

Critical Minerals and Materials for Advanced Energy (CM2AE) Tech Hub (MO), led by the University of Missouri System, aims to position south-central Missouri as a global leader in critical minerals processing to provide the materials needed to support battery technology.

  1. 24. Texas and Oklahoma – Southern Methodist University

Texoma Semiconductor Tech Hub is led by Southern Methodist University and aims to unify existing and planned semiconductor supply chain infrastructure. They hope to do this by enhancing regional collaboration and uplifting underserved communities through workforce expansion – more specifically, through the geographic distribution of Fablets™. Fablets are shared labs which can provide infrastructure for research, prototyping, training, and commercialization. By distributing these facilities throughout the area they hope to grow a reliable workforce in twenty-nine counties in the Texoma region of North Texas / Southern Oklahoma.

  1. 25. Oregon State University – Corvallis Microfluidics Tech Hub

Corvallis Microfluidics Tech Hub is led by Oregon State University and aims to establish global leadership in the development, scaling, and commercialization of microfluidics technology for use in semiconductor and electronic cooling.

  1. 26. University of Vermont – Gallium Nitride Tech Hub

The Gallium Nitride Tech Hub at the University of Vermont aims to improve and standardize Gallium Nitride manufacturing technology for wireless communication. V-GaN Tech Hub will build on Vermont’s culture of innovation by driving opportunities in education, research, and commerce.

A bandgap measurement relates to how well a solid material conducts electricity. Gallium nitride has a 3.4 eV bandgap, compared to silicon’s 1.12 eV bandgap. Gallium nitride’s wider band gap means it can sustain higher voltages and higher temperatures than silicon-based systems. This wider bandgap enables gallium nitride to be applied to optoelectronic high-power and high-frequency devices which are in demand today and will be critical in the near future. It’s hoped the funding will lead to the development of new and improved GaN devices, of which the possibilities are endless. It will also spur vital workforce expansion across the region. V-GaN Tech Hub will build on Vermont’s culture of innovation by driving opportunities in education, research, and commerce that lead the development and commercialization of GaN Devices and spur vital workforce expansion across our region.

  1. 27. Akron Ohio – Sustainable Polymers Tech Hub

Sustainable Polymers Tech Hub is led by the Greater Akron Chamber and aims to tackle climate change and mitigate the impact of fossil fuel-derived polymers (rubbers and plastics) on the environment through accelerating sustainable polymer manufacturing and commercialization in the United States.

Akron Ohio was once the rubber capital of the world and now harbors tech accelerators including Bounce Innovation Hub. Founded in January 2018, Bounce is a model of efficiency and serves entrepreneurs, startups and small businesses from its headquarters in downtown Akron, Ohio. The nonprofit organization has a building which measures in excess of 300,000 square feet wherein they allow co-working, host events and meetings and rent professional office space. With more than fifty community-minded organizations in their building, Bounce hosts more than 250 people working and creating a better future for Ohioians.

  1. 28. Maine

Forest Bioproducts Advanced Manufacturing Tech Hub is led by the Maine Technology Institute and aims to be a global leader in forest-based biomaterial production and manufacturing. They received funding for their work innovating the process of extracting biological building blocks to manufacture environmentally sustainable products.

  1. 29. Washington (State)

American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Tech Hub is led by Gonzaga University which aims to research and develop new domestic supply chains to meet the immediate demand for high-rate production of advanced composite materials for both military and commercial markets.

  1. 30. Oregon Washington

Pacific Northwest Mass Timber Tech Hub is led by Oregon State University and aims to be a global leader in mass timber design and manufacturing to lower the construction industry’s carbon footprint and improve housing affordability.

  1. 31. Baltimore Tech Hub

Baltimore Tech Hub is led by the Greater Baltimore Committee and aspires to develop predictive healthcare technology by applying artificial intelligence to biotechnologies. The search for advanced medicines can be stimulated by AI research and the Baltimore Tech Hub represents a consortium of 38 business and technology leaders in the health sector.

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