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October 05, 2022 | Tom Ballard

Chattanooga Mayor thinks region could be one of the CHIPS hubs

The Chattanooga Times Free Press reports that Chattanooga Mayor Tim Kelly believes a Chattanooga-centered innovation hub could be a possibility under the recently passed “Chips and Science Act.” Among other provisions, the bill allocates $10 billion over four years for the Department of Commerce to create 20 hubs in areas that are not leading centers for technology.

The Mayor’s comments came following a visit to the city this week by U.S. Rep. Ro Khanna, D-California, one of the authors of the bill. During the visit, Khanna toured EPB, Novonix and Volkswagen. The newspaper reported that the Congressman was impressed that EPB’s citywide high-speed internet service was both cheaper and available more broadly in EPB’s service areas than similar broadband in Silicon Valley as well as electric vehicle production across Tennessee by Volkswagen, General Motors, Nissan and the upcoming Ford BlueOval City.

Kelly suggested that the hub could also involve the Tennessee Valley Corridor which includes Oak Ridge, Knoxville, Chattanooga and Huntsville.

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