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ITA Trade Talks - Tech Hubs: Implications for Industrial Competitiveness and International Trade

ITA Trade Talks - Tech Hubs: Implications for Industrial Competitiveness and International Trade Online

Wednesday, June 12, 2024
10:00am - 11:30am Eastern Time - US & Canada (change)
This is an online event. Event URL will be sent via registration email.
All Department of Commerce Staff All Federal Staff

Join the Trade Talks Board and the Commerce Research Library for our summer event on Tech Hubs, Regional Development and Industrial Competitiveness.

This ITA Trade Talks event will explore the 31 Tech Hubs designated by the Biden-Harris Administration on October 23, 2023. The Tech Hubs program aims to increase investment in specific regions to become global leaders in the technologies and industries of the future. The U.S. Department of Commerce (Commerce) authorized funding for the program, under the CHIPS and Science Act, with a $500 million launch grant managed by the Economic Development Administration (EDA). The Biden-Harris Administration estimates that nearly 75% of the awards will benefit small cities and rural areas, and over 75% of the awards will directly support historically underserved communities.

The Tech Hubs program engages a variety of government agencies at and beyond Commerce, including USDA, USPTO, HUD, DOT and the SBA. USDA will work with designated Tech Hubs to identify opportunities from its Rural Development program network. USPTO will designate a Tech Hubs Ambassador to provide strategic guidance and technical assistance on IP. HUD will support long-term growth housing planning in the Tech Hub region. SBA will help increase private investment in small business located in Tech Hubs, and U.S. Export Assistance Centers (USEAC) will offer global resilience stress tests for Tech Hubs. Tech Hubs will also be the focus of efforts to increase FDI.


  • Sundar Atre, Professor, Endowed Chair-Manufacturing & Materials, University of Louisville, a Tech Hubs Strategy Development Grant recipient, representing The Regional Energy Business, Education, and Commercialization Convergence Accelerator Energy Strategy Development Consortium.
  • Brian Anderson, Vice President, Polymer Industry Cluster, Greater Akron Chamber, representing The Sustainable Polymers Tech Hub
  • Francesca Ioffreda, Nonresident Senior Fellow, Metropolitan Policy Program, Brookings Metro

Moderator: Mona Musa, Director, U.S. Commercial Service Louisville, Global Markets, International Trade Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce

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