The vision behind Western New York’s $100 million ‘tech hub’ bid

BUFFALO, NY (The Buffalo News) — Western New York’s strength in manufacturing has helped make the region a finalist for up to $100 million in federal funds to boost the local economy.

Now, the region needs to finish making the case that it should be among 20 to 30 contenders nationwide – from a field of 60 finalists – chosen for a “tech hub” for future development. Winners of the Biden administration’s “Build Back Better Challenge” grants will receive $25 million to $100 million each.

“It’s going to be transformational because this will be the first sort of major federal investments that are not on the coast for innovation, but are really into the heartland of America,” said Dottie Gallagher, president of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership.

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