NJEDA participating in 4 coalitions applying to rebuild a better regional challenge
Sep 17, 2021
Governor Phil Murphy and the New Jersey Economic Development Authority (NJEDA) announced NJEDA’s participation in four regional coalitions preparing bids for the US Economic Development Authority (US EDA) Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC). The Challenge is a federal grant program to help communities adopt and implement transformational, industry-based economic development strategies that build economic diversity and resilience in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The four coalitions NJEDA has joined focus on regional industry clusters that are part of Governor Murphy’s stronger and fairer economic plan, including biofabrication, clean energy, aviation and smart ports.
NJEDA will host a public information and idea-gathering session on the Build Back Better regional challenge at 9:00 am on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. Representatives of for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations and Government entities are all encouraged to attend to learn more about the challenge. In addition, NJEDA will solicit comments on potential priority projects that could be included in the four coalition nominations.
Join the information session here: https://us02web.zoom.us/webinar/register/WN_84JFnsqSTBGV_hGP4-qPuA.
“As we prepare for a stronger and fairer recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic, it is essential that we keep our eyes on the future and identify sector strategies that will drive equitable long-term growth. Gov. Phil Murphy said. “The Regional Build Back Better Challenge is a fantastic opportunity to engage innovative thinkers and industry leaders in New Jersey to develop projects that will not only help us bounce back from the impacts of COVID-19, but also throw away the bases for long-term success. “
According to NJEDA CEO Tim Sullivan, “Aviation innovation, biofabrication, clean energy and smart ports are all areas Governor Murphy has identified as priorities due to their potential for economic growth. transformative and job creation. NJEDA is proud to partner with thought leaders and industry innovators across New Jersey to support high impact applications in these industries.
The Regional Build Back Better Challenge is a federal program that will fund projects that create high-quality jobs, increase wages and revitalize communities in places that have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic. Applications should be focused on the development or growth of a regional industrial cluster, with a long-term transformational vision and execution plan. More information on the Challenge is available at https://eda.gov/arpa/build-back-better/.
Candidates for the Challenge act as a regional coalition with one lead entity per candidacy. Eligible coalition members include government entities, nonprofits, and higher education institutions. For-profit entities cannot be a coalition lead candidate, but can participate as “coalition partners” offering industry expertise, engaging in investment or job creation related to the industrial cluster and officially express their support for the coalition’s candidacy.
The application process for the Build Back Better regional challenge takes place in two phases. Applications for Phase 1 are due October 19, 2021. During this phase, the US EDA will select 50-60 winners to receive planning grants of up to $ 500,000. Winners will use these planning grants to support the preparation of the Coalition’s Phase 2 application, due on March 15, 2022. During Phase 2, the US EDA will select 20-30 winners for receive implementation grants of $ 25-100 million.
The four candidate coalitions supported by NJEDA are:
The Aviation Innovation Coalition focuses on smart aviation and aerospace in South Jersey, including Advanced Air Mobility (AAM), Advanced Air Cargo and Uncrewed Aerial Systems (UAS). The coalition is considering infrastructure construction projects, including a vertiport and a droneport; airspace planning; manpower training programs; micro-grants for under-represented youth to develop aviation innovations and businesses; and study programs for regional high schools and colleges focused on UAS and AAM. This coalition is led by Atlantic County and the Atlantic County Economic Alliance (ACEA). Individuals and organizations interested in sharing project ideas or joining the Aviation Innovation Coalition should contact [email protected] by noon on September 28.
The Biomanufacturing Coalition is focused on advanced pharmaceutical manufacturing and developing new, more efficient ways of producing drugs to reduce reliance on overseas drug manufacturing and shorten supply chains. supply to help patients. The coalition is also working to train an expanded workforce on new and unique manufacturing processes, enabling digital design of products and processes, accelerating the development of pharmaceuticals and manufacturing processes, and developing processes. real-time quality assurance.
This coalition is led by Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, and will leverage existing physical, educational and talent assets in the Northeast Corridor, including the NJ BioScience Center, New Brunswick Innovation HUB, BioCentriq au New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT), major research institutions, community colleges, and major biopharmaceutical companies headquartered in New Jersey. Individuals and organizations interested in sharing project ideas or joining the Biofabrication Coalition should contact [email protected] by noon on September 28.
The Clean Energy Coalition builds on the Murphy’s historic investments in decarbonizing the New Jersey economy by developing New Jersey’s clean energy sector – particularly offshore wind, the clean transportation, energy storage and smart grid technologies. The coalition is considering infrastructure projects, workforce training and business acceleration efforts to support the clean energy manufacturing supply chain.
The coalition is led by Rowan University and includes several other higher education partners and thought leaders in the field of clean energy. Individuals and organizations interested in sharing project ideas or joining the Clean Energy Coalition should contact [email protected] by noon on September 28.
The Regional Smart Port Coalition is focused on optimizing ports in the greater Newark area to expand regional economic impact and boost large-scale job creation. The coalition will focus on innovative transportation systems, including advanced technology industrial projects for movement of goods, clean energy, data analytics and secure IT systems, supply chain improvements, workforce development, facility design and an online real estate market for out-of-port related businesses. These projects will be guided by principles of equity and social and environmental justice.
This coalition is led by the City of Newark in partnership with the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT). Other coalition partners include Port Newark Container Terminal (PNCT), Invest Newark, and North Jersey Transportation Authority. Individuals and organizations interested in sharing project ideas or joining the Smart Ports Coalition should contact [email protected] by noon on September 28.
NJEDA is hosting a public briefing on the Build Back Better regional challenge program and the four candidate coalitions NJEDA supports at 9 a.m. on Tuesday, September 21. The program will include an overview of the Build Back Better regional challenge. program and presentations from each of the coalitions on their vision and the types of projects they are considering. Representatives of for-profit businesses, non-profit organizations, and government entities are all encouraged to participate to learn more and provide input.
In addition to attending the briefing, NJEDA also encourages individuals, organizations and businesses to submit one-page project idea summaries to the relevant candidate coalition by noon on September 28. Ideas for aviation innovation projects should be sent to AviationBBBRC @ njeda .com; ideas for biofabrication projects should be sent to [email protected]; clean energy project ideas should be sent to [email protected]; and smart port project ideas should be sent to [email protected]
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