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November 6th, 2023

E.D.A. Posts Designee Narratives for 31 Chosen Tech Hubs

These narratives are the pitch that the hubs presented to the E.D.A. on why each hub is critical, what technologies the hub will drive forward, and outlines a vision of how the hubs would bring regional resources together. Read our successful submission.

Read ours here.

See all tech hub narratives on the EDA site here. 

January 31st, 2024

Good things are happening in Spokane. The governor traveled to Washington’s “Lilac City” to discuss the establishment of Spokane Tech Hub and to present the city’s elected leaders with an award for her administration’s proactive housing solutions. He also met with officials to discuss how investments from the Climate Commitment Act are making the city a healthier, more affordable place to live.

December 28, 2023

Economically, the year 2023 was better than expected in many regards, as job growth continued and a projected recession never came to pass. 

In the Inland Northwest, the year was characterized by the start of some major projects and the completion of others. It also was marked by the passing of some business legends and separately, a new era of leadership in many organizations. And as promising young companies garnered funding and promised growth, some familiar names decided to close their doors. 

November 30, 2023

As the first phase of the Tech Hubs program, the Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the designation of 31 regional technology hubs. Designation confers prestige and signaling power, but most concretely it grants access to a second round of competition for five to 10 implementation grants of between $40 to $75 million each from a total pot of nearly $500 million.

These Tech Hubs semi-finalists span 32 states and Puerto Rico, encompassing a mix of urban and rural regions but largely skewing towards places where existing technological capabilities are quite strong.

November 28, 2023

The Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corp is proud of its work building up the I-90 Aerospace Conference and Expo. The expo has become an annual means to bring together manufacturers and agencies across Central and Eastern Washington, North Idaho and Montana. Aerospace, space, medical, energy and industrial equipment are the primary industries that make up the Northwest I-90 Manufacturing Alliance.

Setting the vision for your community’s future isn’t something that happens overnight.

November 22, 2023

The Biden-Harris administration, through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), announced that the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Tech Hub in Spokane, Washington, was designated as one of the 31 inaugural Tech Hubs in regions across the country that show potential for rapid growth in key technology sectors.

November 6, 2023

United States Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announed that Spokane-based American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center has been designated as the U.S. tech hub for aerospace materials manufacturing.

The designation was made by the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).

October 25, 2023

The Spokane-Coeur d’Alene region in Idaho has officially been designated as a Regional Technology Hub by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA). The American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center (AAMMC), a composite aerostructures facility, is now one of approximately 20 hubs nationwide eligible to compete for Phase 2 of the CHIPS Regional Innovation Hub grants of $50-$75 million.

By: Grace Nehls

October 25, 2023

SPOKANE PUBLIC RADIO: Inland Northwest project named tech hub by federal government

The federal government is recognizing an Inland Northwest manufacturing consortium as an official technology hub eligible for millions of dollars in funding. The American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center proposes to convert an unused aerospace facility on the West Plains.

Gonzaga University President Thayne McCulloh, whose institution leads the consortium, says the project is now in the running for $50-70 million CHIPS and Science Act grants.

October 25, 2023

A former aerospace composites production facility in Spokane was named a tech hub by the U.S. Department of Commerce Monday, earning eligibility to access to a pool of federal funds earmarked to bolster the nation’s manufacturing base.

By: Marissa Nall

The proposal was one of 31 selected across the U.S. to participate in the Regional Innovation and Technology Hubs program.

October 25, 2023

The Biden administration is standing up a technology center of excellence around Spokane, Washington, that aims to be a future leader in providing lightweight aerostructures for future aircraft. The American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Tech Hub will be led by Gonzaga University. Its mission is…

October 23, 2023

The American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center (AAMMC) is now one of approximately 20 Hubs nationwide eligible to compete for Phase 2 of the CHIPS Regional Innovation Hub grants of $50-$75 million.

The AAMMC Aerospace Tech Hub was chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce from nearly 400 applications nationwide. 

October 23, 2023

From the EDA: Biden-Harris Administration Designates 31 Tech Hubs Across America

As part of the President’s Investing in America agenda, the U.S. Department of Commerce identifies regional centers primed for technological innovation and job creation.

WASHINGTON, DC — The Biden-Harris administration, through the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), today announced the designation of 31 Tech Hubs in regions across the country. This is the first phase of the new Tech Hubs program,

October 23, 2023

The American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center (AAMMC) is now one of approximately 20 Hubs nationwide eligible to compete for Phase 2 of the CHIPS Regional Innovation Hub grants of $50-$75 million.

The AAMMC Aerospace Tech Hub was chosen by the U.S. Department of Commerce from nearly 400 applications nationwide. 

October 23, 2023

“Washington state has a proud history of being a global leader in aerospace technology—and this Tech Hub designation will give a major boost to aviation innovation and workforce development in Spokane and across our state,” said Senator Murray. “I was glad to support Gonzaga and its partners in their application for Tech Hub status and am thrilled that resources I secured to get this new CHIPS and Science Act program off the ground are going to spur innovation, improve our national security, and create jobs in Washington state.

October 23, 2023

A pivotal win for region’s economy spearheaded by nearly 50 area businesses, universities, Tribes, and labor unions

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Today, U.S. Senators Maria Cantwell (D-WA), chair of the Senate Committee on Commerce, Science, and Transportation, and Patty Murray (D-WA), chair of the Senate Appropriations Committee, announced that Spokane-based American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center has been designated as the U.S. tech hub for aerospace materials manufacturing.

October 23, 2023

Spokane Business Journal: Spokane’s proposed aerospace center named ‘tech hub’

By Linn Parish

A proposed advanced aerospace manufacturing center in Spokane has received a federal designation as a “regional technology and innovation hub,” enabling advocates to pursue up to $70 million in federal funding for the project.

October 23, 2023

SPOKANE, Wash. — Washington Senators Maria Cantwell and Patty Murray announced that Spokane-based American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center has been designated as the U.S. tech hub for aerospace materials manufacturing. The designation was made by the Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA).

October 23, 2023

Gonzaga Announces Designation Award to Inland Northwest Consortium

The Economic Development Administration (EDA) has designated the Inland Northwest Consortium led by Gonzaga University as a Regional Technology and Innovation Hub, a critical first step toward the establishment of the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center (AAMMC) designed to expedite the evolution and commercialization of the domestic aerospace supply chain for the next generation of aviation composite materials.

October 20, 2023

Interview with Eric Smith, Regional Tech Hubs Program Director: ‘Our goal is to enable the Tech Hubs that we designate and fund to capture more of their focus industry’s market share globally. These investments inject regions with an extra boost to generate more innovation, more services, more products, and more sales in a particular technology area.’

October 11th, 2023

CDA Press: Flywheel of Energy

A local effort to create an aerospace tech hub in the region is facing strong competition. The proposal for the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center is among more than 100 applications. A decision on whether it advances to the second phase is expected within the next few months.

September 14, 2023

Tech Hub Hopes: Two Spokane groups compete on national scale for federal funds

Gonzaga consortium looks to bolster aerospace manufacturing; WSU group pitches biotech. 

By: Dylan Harris

Two Spokane-area consortia are competing against more than 370 other groups nationwide to land federal funding for regional Tech Hubs. 

August 28, 2023

JEC World: Application for Inland Northwest Aerospace Regional Tech Hub

ATC Manufacturing, Aerospace leaders, universities and more apply to build an Aerospace Tech Hub in the Inland Northwest. The AAMMC will establish a world-class testbed for production, commercialization, and entrepreneurship.

August 23, 2023

Coeur d'Alene Press: Tech Hub | Many Benefits for Region

Never has it been more important for the U.S. to rebuild our domestic supply chains. Yet, American aerospace suppliers continue to be bought by international companies or go out of business. Idaho is lucky to have senators who support American businesses and jobs, protect domestic manufacturers, and protect our economic and national security.

August 22, 2022

Senator Maria Cantwell: We're Calling on Spokane for EDA Tech Hubs

Today, U.S. Senator Maria Cantwell (D-WA) joined leaders from Spokane’s biosciences and aerospace industries, higher education, and state government at precision manufacturer Altek, Inc. to tout the major investment opportunities coming to the Spokane area in the recently-passed $250 billion CHIPS & Science Act and EDA Regional Tech Hubs.

August 21, 2023

SAMPE: Application for Inland Northwest Tech Hub

Post Falls, ID – Leading aerospace companies and research universities have joined nearly 50 area workforce training, venture capital, economic development, labor, tribal and government groups in the Inland Northwest to support establishing the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center (AAMMC).

August 18, 2023

Composites World: Inland Northwest Consortium Files Application for Aerospace Composites Center

Nearly 50 aerospace leaders and research universities have filed an application with the EDA for federal designation and Phase 1 funding to create a composite aerostructures Tech Hub, the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center.

Edited by: Grace Nehls

August 18, 2023

Coeur d'Alene Press: 'A Game Changer'

The former Triumph facility by the Spokane International Airport could house the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center.

By: Bill Bully

When Linda Coppess first heard a proposal to establish the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center in the region, she was all in.

August 18, 2023

LATINO CIVIC ALLIANCE: Universities & More Apply to Establish Tech Hub

The former Triumph facility by the Spokane International Airport could house the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center.

By: Bill Bully

When Linda Coppess first heard a proposal to establish the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center in the region, she was all in.

August 18, 2023

The Stand: An EDA Tech Hub in Spokane

A bid to build an aerospace composites manufacturing center in Washington state is officially underway, having garnered sponsorship from top aerospace employers including Boeing, Raytheon, Lockheed Martin, and Blue Origin. It would be built with assistance from the federal Tech Hubs program, which was created by the 2022 Chips and Science Act and has a $10 billion budget over the next five years. 

August 17, 2023
Gonzaga Announces Aerospace EDA Regional Tech Hub Application

The future of aviation and aerospace is the development of advanced composite materials to create aircraft that are lighter and more fuel efficient at reduced cost. The question is, how will Washington continue to be competitive in this new arena in the face of fierce global competition? The answer: a consortium of like-minded organizations committed to creating the world’s most advanced Tech Hub, situated in the Inland Northwest.

August 17, 2023
Spokane Journal of Business: Aerospace Tech Hub Proposed at Old Triumph Plant

Gonzaga-led consortium includes Boeing, Avista, dozens of others.

By: Dylan Harris

A Gonzaga University-led consortium of about 50 organizations has applied to bring a federally funded aerospace manufacturing EDA tech hub to the Inland Northwest.

August 17, 2023

North Idaho College Announces Tech Hub

The former Triumph facility would house the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center. Leading aerospace companies and research universities have joined nearly 50 area workforce training, venture capital, economic development, labor, tribal and government groups in the Inland Northwest to support establishing the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center (AAMMC).

August 17, 2023

Hype Aviation: Aerospace Regional Tech Hub Proposed

A consortium of approximately 50 organizations, led by Gonzaga University, has submitted a proposal to establish an aerospace manufacturing tech hub at the old Triumph plant in Spokane, Washington. This initiative seeks to secure federal funding for expanding the aerospace technology footprint in the Inland Northwest.

August 17, 2023
The Spokesman-Review: Aerospace Manufacturing Center Eyed for Airway Heights

The former Triumph Composites System facility would house the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center. (Gonzaga University).

By: Tod Stephens

Fifty organizations from the Pacific Northwest have banded together in hopes of creating a globally competitive aerospace and aviation manufacturing facility in Airway Heights.

August 17, 2023

CompsMagazine: Spokane's Bold Proposal for an Aerospace Tech Hub

According to an inside source, a consortium led by Gonzaga University and consisting of approximately 50 organizations has applied to establish an aerospace manufacturing technology center in the Inland Northwest. If successful, this facility would be located in the former Triumph Composite Systems Inc. building in West Spokane.

August 17, 2023
Puget Sound Business Journal: Aerospace Consortium Backs Proposal for Federal Tech Hub in Spokane

A consortium of aerospace companies submitted a proposal this week for federal dollars to help build the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center on the site of the former Triumph Composites System facility in Spokane.

By: Marissa Nall

The proposal involves redeveloping a 386,000-square-foot former manufacturing facility to serve as a research testbed and workforce training facility.

August 17, 2023
Lakeside Companies Announces Tech Hub

Tech Hub Will Establish a World-Class Testbed for Production, Commercialization, and Entrepreneurship in the Inland Northwest through the CHIPS and Science Act. Leading aerospace companies and research universities have joined nearly 50 area workforce training, venture capital, economic development, labor, tribal and government groups in the Inland Northwest to support establishing the American Aerospace Materials Manufacturing Center (AAMMC) TechHub application.

July 5th, 2023

GeekWire: Seattle-area Space Summit features NASA Leader and Hints at New Manufacturing Institute

Sen. Maria Cantwell and NASA Administrator Bill Nelson met Wednesday at the Washington State Space Summit to hash out what’s needed to grow and strengthen the Pacific Northwest’s aerospace industry — including a potential new manufacturing institute.