Montana to get $41M for Headwaters Tech Hub, according to Tester and Daines

Montana will see $41 million in federal dollars for a technology hub that will have a mandate to help the United States develop “smart optical sensing technologies,” according to Sen. Jon Tester and Sen. Steve Daines.

Tester and Daines both announced Tuesday that the Headwaters Tech Hub, which is being developed in Montana, is one of only 12 Regional Tech Hubs nationwide to get a Phase 2 investment under the CHIPS and Science Act of 2022. That legislation was billed as a big federal incentive to lure certain industries back to the U.S., such as chip-making, rather than relying on China. Tester’s office said that the “smart optical sensing technologies” developed in Montana will “address pressing priorities such as autonomous systems, national defense, precision agriculture and critical resource management.”

U.S. Sen. Jon Tester, second from right, listens to University of Montana President Seth Bodnar during a roundtable discussion in February 2023 with higher education and technology leaders on how Montana could secure funding through the federal CHIPS and Science Act to become an innovation hub.

TOM BAUER, Missoulian

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