EDA announces 11 recipients of the “2023 STEM Talent Challenge”
Three of the recipients are in neighboring states.
The U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA) recently announced the 11 recipients of the “2023 STEM Talent Challenge.” The challenge supports programs to train science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) talent and fuel regional innovation economies across the nation.
The $4.5 million competition provides up to $500,000 in funding for programs that complement their region’s innovation economy, create pathways to good-paying STEM careers, and build talent pipelines for businesses to fill in-demand jobs in emerging and transformative sectors.
The 11 awardees, selected from a pool of 90 applicants, include three from neighboring states. They are:
- CodePath in Atlanta for “Pathway to Tech in Atlanta”;
- St. Petersburg College in Florida for the “Geospatial/Artificial Intelligence (AI) STEM Training Program”; and
- The University of Arkansas System in Fayetteville for “BioAR Train Biomanufacturing Workforce Initiative.”
According to the EDA announcement, the 11 grantees will leverage an additional $4.7 million in matching funds from a variety of private and public sector sources. The grantees’ projects support work-and-learn programs to increase America’s STEM-capable workforce in sectors such as aerospace, biomanufacturing, cybersecurity, data science, geospatial, artificial intelligence, information technology, and advanced manufacturing.