In a push to spur economic growth and job creation, the Biden Administration has named 31 future technology hubs in the United States, including two in Missouri. The initiative is part of a bill passed by Congress and signed into law by President Joe Biden in 2022.

In central and western Missouri, BioNexus KC aims to position the region’s largest concentration of animal health and nutrition companies as a leader in biomanufacturing. Several cities have been named in this KC BioHub, including Columbia, Jefferson City, Marshall, Warrensburg, Sedalia, Kansas City, and St. Joseph.

In Monday’s news conference, Biden promoted the investment.

“A tech hub is going to invest in critical technologies like biotechnology, critical materials, quantum computing and advanced manufacturing so the U.S. will lead the world again in innovation across the board,” Biden said.

One advanced energy hub focused on south-central and southeast Missouri will concentrate on critical mineral processing.

“These hubs all around the country will bring together private industry, higher education, state and local governments, tribes and organized labor,” said Biden.

This hub specifically will be led by the University of Missouri System for materials that support lithium-ion and primary-lead-acid batteries.  His administration said making these batteries is important to meet the demand of energy manufacturers and reduce dependence on foreign minerals.

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