The United States White House with President Biden on Friday, September 2, announced the winners of a $1 billion economic development competition and announced the winners of projects in areas such as clean energy, technology and AI. 21 winners will receive grants of $25 million to $65 million.
Additionally, private sector businesses and local organizations are investing in the “Build Back Better Regional Challenge” is a program under the $1.9 billion US bailout, a stimulus package signed by President Biden in March.
Funded by President Biden’s U.S. Bailout and administered by the U.S. Department of Commerce’s Economic Development Administration (EDA), the Regional Challenge provides each winner with funding to rebuild regional economies, promote an inclusive and equitable recovery, and create thousands of well-paying jobs in industries of the future like clean energy, next-generation manufacturing and biotechnology.
Projects include developing workforce training programs and connecting workers to jobs; providing support to family carmakers to switch from traditional cars to electric vehicles; creating a digital finance sector to support small businesses in tribal communities; providing digital resources to small farms; renovation and repurposing of industrial buildings for new businesses; rebuilding pharmaceutical supply chains in the United States to reduce drug costs; building state-of-the-art manufacturing centers for testing and training; deploy solar power on former coalfields; and more.
AI projects included: a Georgia Tech Research Corporation coalition received $65 million for AI efforts in Georgia’s industrial sectors and the Southwest Pennsylvania Collaboration for the New Economy will receive $62 million. $.7 million for robotics and autonomy projects.
These AI economic stimulus developments reinforce the White House’s commitment to AI and if you are not already familiar with AI.gov, this is an important site that provides a wealth of information – from policy documents and strategies, to AI applications, to the latest news and updates from federal agencies and advisory boards that help shape the activities of the National AI Initiative. Created by Congress, the National AI Initiative aims to maintain American leadership in AI research and development, to ensure that the United States leads the world in the development and use of an AI reliable in the public and private sectors, and to prepare the current and future American workforce for the integration of AI systems in all sectors of the economy and society.
“AI has become one of the most impactful technologies of the 21st century, offering both opportunities and challenges to nearly every sector of society,” said Dr. Lynne Parker, director of the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative. Office. “AI.gov provides visibility into the coordinated work across the federal government advancing the National AI Initiative.”
AI.gov will continue to expand its resources and offerings to serve the many communities interested in AI research, development, deployment, and governance.
A little more history of AI governance in the United States:
The US National Artificial Intelligence Initiative (NAII) was created by the National Artificial Intelligence Initiative Act of 2020 (NAIIA) (E DIVISION, SEC. 5001) – bipartisan legislation enacted Jan. 1, 2021. The primary goals of the initiative are to ensure continued U.S. leadership in AI R&D; lead the world in the development and use of trusted AI systems in the public and private sectors; prepare the current and future American workforce for the integration of artificial intelligence systems in all sectors of the economy and society; and coordinate ongoing AI activities across all federal agencies, to ensure that each informs the work of the others.
In support of the initiative, the NAIIA is calling on the President, acting through the NAII Office, Interagency Committee (AI Select Committee), and agency heads, to maintain continued support for AI R&D, supporting AI education and workforce training programs, supporting interdisciplinary AI research. and education programs, plan and coordinate federal interagency activities on AI, conduct outreach to various stakeholders, leverage existing federal investments to advance the goals of the Initiative, support a network of interdisciplinary AI research institutes; and support opportunities for international cooperation with strategic allies in R&D, evaluation, and resources for trusted AI systems.
The National AI Initiative provides an overarching framework to strengthen and coordinate AI research, development, demonstration, and education activities across all U.S. departments and agencies, in cooperation with universities , industry, non-profit organizations and civil society. The work under this initiative is organized into six strategic pillars – Innovation, Advancing Trustworthy AI, Education and formation, Infrastructure, Appsand International cooperation.