$1B Build Back Better Regional Challenge Awardees and Finalists
- Central Valley Community Foundation (California)
The Fresno-Merced Future of Food Innovation (F3) coalition, led by the Central Valley Community Foundation, will receive approximately $65.1 million to accelerate the integration of technology and skills in the region’s agriculture industry—improving productivity and job quality for existing farmworkers while driving a more resilient and sustainable food system.
- City of Manchester (New Hampshire)
The BioFabrication Cluster, led by the City of Manchester, will receive approximately $44 million to establish Southern New Hampshire as the global epicenter for the production and distribution of regenerative tissues and organs.
- Coalfield Development (West Virginia)
The Appalachian Climate Technology coalition (ACT Now), led by Coalfield Development Corporation, will receive approximately $62.8 million to spur job growth in 21 economically distressed and coal-impacted counties in southern West Virginia by creating a hub of clean energy and green economy jobs.
- Detroit Regional Partnership Foundation (Michigan)
The Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) coalition, led by the Detroit Regional Partnership Foundation, will receive approximately $52.2 million to transform the Detroit area’s legacy automotive industry into a highly competitive advanced mobility cluster.
- Empire State Development (New York)
Western New York Advanced Manufacturing, led by the Empire State Development Corporation, will receive approximately $25 million to invest in the distressed eastern side of Buffalo, NY and accelerate the growth of advanced manufacturing in the region.
- Four Bands Community Fund (South Dakota)
The Mountain | Plains Regional Native CDFI Coalition, led by the Four Bands Community Fund Inc, will receive approximately $45 million to accelerate the growth of the Indigenous finance sector and expand economic opportunity in Native American communities through an alliance of nine Native Community Development Financial Institutions (CDFIs).
- Georgia Tech Research Corporations (Georgia)
The Georgia AI Manufacturing (GA-AIM) coalition, led by the Georgia Tech Research Corporation, will receive approximately $65 million to accelerate the adoption of artificial intelligence across the state’s legacy industrial sectors.
- Greater New Orleans Development Foundation (Louisiana)
H2theFuture, led by the Greater New Orleans Development Foundation, will receive approximately $50 million to transition the regional hydrogen energy sector by closing the cost gap between green hydrogen, produced from renewable energy sources, and other forms of hydrogen used today, which rely on fossil fuels.
- Greater St. Louis, Inc. (Missouri)
The St. Louis Tech Triangle, led by Greater St. Louis, Inc., will receive approximately $25 million to converge the region’s three leading industry clusters of biosciences, geospatial, and advanced manufacturing, and build a national model for inclusive economic growth.
- Indian Nations Council of Governments (Oklahoma)
The Tulsa Regional Advanced Mobility (TRAM) Corridor, led by the Indian Nations Council of Governments, will receive approximately $39 million to transition the region from its legacy of oil and gas and traditional manufacturing to advanced mobility, automation, and unmanned aerial systems.
- Invest Nebraska Corporation (Nebraska)
The Heartland Robotics Cluster, led by the Invest Nebraska Corporation, will receive approximately $25 million to accelerate Nebraska’s leadership in the agricultural industry through robotic technologies and advanced manufacturing automation while also revitalizing the region’s rural labor force and strengthening the nation’s food supply chain.
- North Carolina Biotechnology Center (North Carolina)
The Accelerate NC – Life Sciences Manufacturing coalition, led by the North Carolina Biotechnology Center, will receive approximately $25 million to strengthen its life sciences manufacturing cluster by investing in a more robust pipeline of biotech talent across the state and expanding those opportunities to underserved and historically excluded communities.
- Oklahoma City Economic Development Foundation (Oklahoma)
The Oklahoma Biotech Innovation Cluster, led by the Oklahoma City Economic Development Foundation, will receive approximately $35 million to rapidly expand its biotechnology cluster, bolstering domestic resiliency within the biopharmaceutical supply chain and making the cluster more globally competitive.
- Osceola County Board of County Commissioners (Florida)
Building Central Florida’s Semiconductor Cluster for Broad-Based Prosperity, a coalition led by the Osceola County Board of County Commissioners, will receive approximately $50.8 million to accelerate the growth of the specialized semiconductor cluster at NeoCITY, a 5,000-area technology park developed in partnership with the state of Florida.
- Port of Portland (Oregon)
The Oregon Mass Timber Coalition, led by the Port of Portland, will receive approximately $41.4 million to become a national leader in using mass timber to accelerate affordable housing production, provide good jobs, and restore forest health.
- Southeast Conference (Alaska)
The Alaska Mariculture Cluster, led by Southeast Conference, will receive approximately $49 million to catalyze a sustainable mariculture industry, producing shellfish and seaweed for the long-term benefit of Alaska’s economy, environment, and communities.
- Southwestern Pennsylvania New Economy Collaborative (Pennsylvania)
The Southwestern Pennsylvania (SWPA) New Economy Collaborative, a coalition of the region’s leading university, philanthropic, and private sector leaders, will receive approximately $62.7 million to supercharge SWPA’s globally recognized robotics and autonomy cluster and ensure that its economic benefits equitably reach rural and coal-impacted communities in the 11-county region.
- The State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton (New York)
New Energy New York, a coalition led by the State University of New York (SUNY) at Binghamton, will receive approximately $63.7 million to accelerate innovation in battery technology and to transform New York’s Southern Tier into a global hub of energy storage manufacturing.
- The University of Texas at El Paso (Texas)
The West Texas Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing coalition, led by the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP), will receive approximately $40 million to strengthen America's aerospace and defense manufacturing capabilities by integrating legacy manufacturers in West Texas into the aerospace and defense (A&D) supply chain.
- Virginia Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority (Virginia)
The Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (APM) Cluster, a coalition led by the Virginia Biotechnology Research Partnership Authority (Activation Capital), will receive approximately $52.9 million to expand the domestic supply chain for essential medicines and critical active pharmaceutical ingredients (APIs).
- Wichita State University (Kansas)
The South Kansas Coalition, led by Wichita State University (WSU), will receive approximately $51.4 million to strengthen the United States’ competitive advantage and global market share in aerospace production.
- Alameda County Waste Management Authority (California)
- Albuquerque Hispano Chamber of Commerce Foundation (New Mexico)
- CenterState Corporation for Economic Opportunity (New York)
- Central New Mexico Community College (New Mexico)
- City of Indianapolis (Indiana)
- City of Newark (New Jersey)
- City of Tucson (Arizona)
- County of Hawaii (Hawaii)
- Departamento de Desarrollo Económico y Comercio de Puerto Rico (Puerto Rico)
- Greater Phoenix Economic Council (Arizona)
- Hopi Utilities Corporation (Arizona)
- Howard County Economic Development Authority (Maryland)
- Innosphere Ventures (Colorado)
- Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet (Kentucky)
- Lamar State College - Port Arthur (Texas)
- Las Vegas Global Economic Alliance (Nevada)
- Los Angeles County Economic Development Corporation (California)
- Louisville Healthcare CEO Council (Kentucky)
- MAGNET: Manufacturing Advocacy and Growth Network (Ohio)
- mHUB (Illinois)
- Minneapolis Saint Paul Regional Economic Development Partnership (Minnesota)
- New Orleans BioInnovation Center (Louisiana)
- Northeastern University (Massachusetts)
- Pala Band of Mission Indians (California)
- Pennsylvania Wilds Center for Entrepreneurship, Inc. (Pennsylvania)
- Piedmont Triad Regional Council (North Carolina)
- Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (Connecticut)
- Spruce Root (Alaska)
- The University of Alabama (Alabama)
- The University of Southern Mississippi (Mississippi)
- University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (Arkansas)
- University of Maine System (Maine)
- University of Memphis (Tennessee)
- URI Research Foundation (Rhode Island)
- Utah Office of Energy Development (Utah)
- Virginia Tech (Virginia)
- Washington Maritime Blue (Washington)
- West Virginia Department of Economic Development (West Virginia)
- Wisconsin Paper Council (Wisconsin)