Government funds hit Pittsburgh’s innovation ecosystems as leaders plan for the region’s future in tech

As the Pittsburgh region readies for a huge influx of federal funding to support industrial innovation, local communities must have a say in how it’s spent.

That was the thrust of a recent convening hosted by the Brookings Institution at Carnegie Mellon University. Leaders from government, academia and business gathered to discuss how larger public policies affect on-the-ground city and neighborhood revitalization.

Federal and state funding will drive the Pittsburgh economy, the panelists said, thanks to the billions of dollars collectively allocated by the CHIPS and Science Act, the Inflation Reduction Act, the Build Back Better Challenge and other US government programs.

“Make no mistake,” CMU President Farnam Jahanian said, “place-based economic growth has a key role to play in advancing our national security and economic competitiveness.”

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