$1B Build Back Better Regional Challenge Awardees and Finalists
- Fresno-Merced Future of Food (F3) (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.
- The BioFabrication Cluster (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.
- Appalachian Climate Technologies Coalition (ACT Now) (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.
- Global Epicenter of Mobility (GEM) (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.
- Western New York's Advanced Manufacturing Cluster (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.
- Mountain Plains | Regional Native CDFI Coalition (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 AI Manufacturing (GA-AIM) (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.
- H2theFuture (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.
- St. Louis Tech Triangle (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.
- Tulsa Regional Advanced Mobility (TRAM) Corridor (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.
- Heartland Robotics Cluster (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.
- Accelerate NC - Life Sciences Manufacturing (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 Biotech Innovation Cluster (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.
- Building Central Florida’s Semiconductor Cluster for Broad-Based Prosperity (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.
- Oregon Mass Timber Coalition (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.
- Alaska Mariculture Cluster (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.
- New Energy New York (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.
- West Texas Aerospace and Defense Manufacturing (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.
- Advanced Pharmaceutical Manufacturing (APM) Cluster (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).
- South Kansas Coalition (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.
- Addressing the Nursing Shortage in Southeast and Deep East Texas (Texas)
- Automated-Connected-Electrified Transportation Cluster Coalition (Virginia)
- Bay Area Construction Innovation Cluster (California)
- BioConnect New England (Massachusetts)
- The Bold North BioInnovation Cluster (Minnesota)
- Build Back Blue: Green Energy to Charge the Blue Economy (Washington)
- CenterState NY Smart Systems Cluster (New York)
- Central Indiana Initiative (Indiana)
- Colorado Coalition (Colorado)
- Create New Mexico (New Mexico)
- The Digital Delta (Tennessee)
- Driving Regional Innovation through Vehicle Electrification (Alabama)
- E-Health Transformation Cluster (Arkansas)
- GOODS for GME (California)
- The Greater Newark Smart Port Regional (New Jersey)
- Gulf Blue Initiative Driving Resilience through a Culture of Innovation (Mississippi)
- Gulf Coast Health Sciences Corridor (Louisiana)
- Hawaii Build Back Better Coalition (Hawaii)
- Illinois Clean Tech Economy Coalition (Illinois)
- The Kentucky Digital Health Tech & Artificial Intelligence Innovation Coalition (Kentucky)
- Kentucky's Prosperity through AgriTech Hub (Kentucky)
- Maryland Cyber Workforce Solutions (Maryland)
- New Healthcare Innovation Economy (Arizona)
- New Mexico Space Valley Coalition (New Mexico)
- Northeast Ohio's Advanced Manufacturing Cluster (Ohio)
- Northern Forest Bioeconomy Regional Growth Cluster (Maine)
- Northwestern Puerto Rico Bio Manufacturing Cluster (Puerto Rico)
- PA Wilds Outdoor Recreation Industry Cluster Development (Pennsylvania)
- Resilient West Virginia Coalition (West Virginia)
- Rhode Island Blue Economy Technology Cluster (Rhode Island)
- SoCal Tribal Accelerated Clean Energy Economy (California)
- Southeast Alaska Sustainable Forest Products Cluster (Alaska)
- Southern Arizona Coalition for Climate Adaptation and Resilience (Arizona)
- Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region Offshore Wind Industry Cluster (Connecticut)
- Southern Nevada Regional Growth Cluster (Nevada)
- Transitioning Hopi Economy from Coal to Renewables (Arizona)
- Utah Rural Energy Diversification & Innovation Cluster (Utah)
- Wisconsin Forest Products Cluster (Wisconsin)