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Indiana to receive $32.9 million in first round of CHIPS and Science Act funding

A sign outside the Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane, Indiana.
The Naval Surface Warfare Center at Crane, Indiana will be one of the locations of the newly created Microelectronics Commons, funded through the federal CHIPs and Science Act.

Indiana will receive $32.93 million in the first round of funding from the federal CHIPS and Science Act, a measure to boost U.S. semiconductor manufacturing.

The initial funding round comes from the U.S. Department of Defense. The Naval Surface Warfare Center in Crane will be one of the locations of the newly created Microelectronics Commons, a national microelectronics manufacturing network.

U.S. Sen. Todd Young (R-Ind.) was one of the bill’s lead authors. He said Wednesday’s announcement shows that Hoosiers are “leading the way” in connecting the country and the Midwest to the “innovation economy.”

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Indiana joined with Illinois and Michigan to submit a proposal for the funding, styling themselves the Silicon Crossroads.

Brandon is our Statehouse bureau chief. Contact him at bsmith@ipbs.org or follow him on Twitter at @brandonjsmith5.

Brandon Smith has covered the Statehouse for Indiana Public Broadcasting for more than a decade, spanning three governors and a dozen legislative sessions. He's also the host of Indiana Week in Review, a weekly political and policy discussion program seen and heard across the state. He previously worked at KBIA in Columbia, Missouri and WSPY in Plano, Illinois. His first job in radio was in another state capitol - Jefferson City, Missouri - as a reporter for three stations around the Show-Me State.