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Economic Development Administration grants $500K for Tech Hubs

IMPERIAL COUNTY, Calif. (KYMA, KECY) - The U.S. Economic Development Administration has selected the Lithium Valley Clean Tech Hub Consortium as one of its grant recipients for the first phase of the Tech Hub Program.

The $500,000 grant will help create and provide new job opportunities for the region with manufacturing, commercializing, and deploying technology that will help advance new jobs.  

The Lithium Valley Clean Tech Strategy Development Consortium will develop and implement direct lithium extraction from regional lithium brine deposits, contributing to a sustainable, inclusive, advanced-energy ecosystem in Southern California.

“It’s really important because this is the key that will unlock over hundreds of millions of dollars of investments to the Lithium Valley battery manufacturing recycling industries that we are launching in the Imperial Valley,” said Congressman Raul Ruiz. 

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