Build Back Better Regional Challenge

Posted on June 16, 2022

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CenterState CEO & Partners Advance in $100M Competition for Federal Economic Development Funds

CenterState CEO and a coalition of 57 public, private, nonprofit, academic and for-profit entities across Central New York and the Mohawk Valley joined together to submit a phase two application for the Build Back Better Regional Challenge (BBBRC), a central component of the U.S. Economic Development Administration’s American Rescue Plan. This follows the region’s successful phase one application announced in October 2021.

These coalition partners proposed nine distinct and interconnected projects that would leverage a multi-million dollar private investment against a federal investment to advance opportunities in the region’s emerging “smart systems” cluster, while also integrating large-scale workforce development programs to ensure that regional growth is inclusive and equitable. Awards are expected to be announced in fall 2021.

This competitive application highlights the region’s unique strengths and assets that will enable it to help America innovate, re-shore, and develop critical advanced manufacturing and supply chain networks. Emphasis is placed on the semiconductor computer chip sector, aligning with federal efforts to re-shore advanced manufacturing supply chains critical to ensuring national security and resilience.

For more than a decade, coalition partners have been developing and advancing strategies that leverage strengths in sensing technologies to build a globally leading uncrewed aircraft systems industry. Through this proposal, partners will continue to advance smart systems projects to drive results through collaboration and targeted strategies. Cluster growth interventions are intentionally designed to drive equitable access to opportunity for all the region’s residents.

CenterState NY Smart Systems Cluster Proposed Projects

Read more about the projects at

White Pine Commerce Park Site Readiness
Marcy Nanocenter Supply Chain Flex Space
Oswego County Supply Chain Site Readiness
Advanced Manufacturing Training Consortium
Regional STEAM School. Focus: Education/Talent
Center City Innovation Hub
UAS Health Care Commercialization
Smart Systems Quantum Runways
CenterState NY Smart Systems Cluster Governance

It is anticipated these projects will:
• Create upward of 23,060 new jobs;
• Leverage over $11.3 billion in private investment;
• Increase the region’s gross domestic product by 3.5%;
• Create 588 new startups in 12 years;
• Invest $80 million in startups over the next four years;
• Train 3,500 through the workforce consortium;
• Graduate 250 per year from the STEAM School; and
• Invest $8 million in four years in XBE startups.


Coalition Members

CenterState CEO (lead) | The Central New York Regional Planning and Development Board |City of Syracuse | County of Oswego Industrial Development Agency (COIDA) |Density| Griffiss Institute | Helen Hudson, President-Syracuse Common Council | Le Moyne College | Mohawk Valley Community College | Mohawk Valley EDGE |New York State Empire State Development | NexGen Power Systems | Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance, Inc. (NUAIR) | Oneida County | Onondaga Community College |Onondaga-Cortland-Madison Board of Cooperative Education Services (OCM BOCES) |Onondaga County | Onondaga County Industrial Development Authority | Operation Oswego County Oswego County | Refugee Center (“The Center”) | Saab | South Side Innovation Center SUNY Educational Opportunity Center (SUNY EOC) | SUNY Morrisville | SUNY Polytechnic Institute | SUNY Upstate Medical University | Syracuse City School District | Syracuse University

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