ITIF Applauds Tech Hub Designation, But Work Is Not Done
WASHINGTON—Following the Biden administration’s announcement to designate 31 communities across the country as Regional Innovation and Technology Hubs (Tech Hubs), the Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF), the leading think tank for science and technology policy, released the following statement from Robert D. Atkinson, president of ITIF:
ITIF made the initial proposal for establishing Tech Hubs nationwide, calling on the administration and Congress to put U.S. competitiveness first.
While this is an excellent—and necessary—first step, the Biden administration and Congress will need to continue implementing CHIPS and Science Act funding to ensure regional equity. By doing so, U.S. global competition in key advanced industries will be secured, as will the nation’s national security.
If the United States is to compete with China—and it will—the administration and Congress must keep its promises as established in the CHIPS and Science Act and maintain a focus on advancing U.S. competitiveness.
To learn more about this issue:
- Robert D. Atkinson, Mark Muro, Jacob Whiton, “The Case for Growth Centers: How to Spread Tech Innovation Across America” (Brookings, ITIF, 2019).
- David Moschella, Robert D. Atkinson, “Competing With China: A Strategic Framework” (ITIF, 2020).
- Robert D. Atkinson, “Comments to the Commerce Department Regarding Implementation of the Regional Technology and Innovation Hub Program” (ITIF, 2023).
The Information Technology and Innovation Foundation (ITIF) is an independent, nonprofit, nonpartisan research and educational institute focusing on the intersection of technological innovation and public policy. Recognized by its peers in the think tank community as the global center of excellence for science and technology policy, ITIF’s mission is to formulate and promote policy solutions that accelerate innovation and boost productivity to spur growth, opportunity, and progress.