Economic Development Agency

U.S. Department of Education

As you may know, EDA is launching the Regional Technology and Innovation Hubs program (Tech Hubs), a program authorized by the CHIPS and Science Act and which received $500 million in appropriations in the FY23 Omnibus. Tech Hubs is an economic development initiative to drive technology- and innovation-centric growth that leverages existing R&D strengths and technology demonstration and deployment capacities (public and private) within to catalyze the creation of good jobs for American workers at all skill levels equitably and inclusively. In February, we issued a formal Request for Information (RFI) in the Federal Register, soliciting public input about the program’s design, structure, and evaluation.

The RFI will be open for 30 calendar days until March 16th 5pm ET and we are requesting input in several areas including, but not limited to, information on structuring the program to accelerate a region’s evolution into a global leader in an industry of the future, identifying metrics for assessment of a successful Tech Hub, designing a competitive, inclusive and accessible selection process, and identifying how federal designations and grants can maximize the desired impacts of the Tech Hubs program. We have issued an accompanying press release on the RFI and updated our website accordingly.

EDA is also in the planning stages for the Recompete Pilot program and will be issuing an RFI for that program shortly. I look forward to updating you about the goals and release of that document as well.

Helpful additional links:

  1. Fact Sheet (PDF)
  2. FAQ