FIU News: Consortium Travels to Washington DC to Lay Foundation for South Florida Climate Tech Hub

Tech News Summary:

  • FIU, Miami-Dade County, and industry professionals visited DC to establish the South Florida Climate Technology Center before federal agency leaders and Florida’s congressional delegation.
  • The technology center could receive over $70 million in federal funding from the Department of Commerce, and a funding application for the second phase of the project is currently being considered.
  • The visit to DC was a crucial step in positioning the Climate Technology Center before key federal stakeholders, with a goal of becoming a global leader in climate resilience and clean energy.

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

CONSORTIUM VISITS DC TO ESTABLISH SOUTH FLORIDA CLIMATE TECH HUB

WASHINGTON, D.C. – A consortium of leading organizations from South Florida visited Washington D.C. this week to establish a climate tech hub that will drive innovation and collaboration in the region. The delegation, led by Florida International University (FIU), aims to create a center of excellence for climate-focused technology and research, positioning South Florida as a global leader in addressing climate challenges.

The consortium, which includes FIU, the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce, the Miami Downtown Development Authority, and other key stakeholders, met with congressional leaders, federal agencies, and industry partners to garner support for the initiative. The group emphasized the urgency of addressing climate change and the opportunity for South Florida to lead the way in developing solutions.

“South Florida is on the front lines of the climate crisis, and we have a unique opportunity to leverage our expertise and resources to drive innovation and create sustainable solutions,” said FIU President Mark B. Rosenberg. “By establishing a climate tech hub in our region, we can harness the collective knowledge and talent of our community to address one of the most pressing challenges of our time.”

The proposed climate tech hub will focus on areas such as renewable energy, sustainable infrastructure, climate resilience, and environmental conservation. It will bring together researchers, entrepreneurs, and industry partners to collaborate on cutting-edge technologies and solutions that address the impacts of climate change.

“We believe that South Florida has the potential to become a global hub for climate-focused innovation,” said Alfred Sanchez, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Chamber of Commerce. “By establishing a climate tech hub in our region, we can attract top talent and investment, driving economic growth and creating a more sustainable future for our community.”

The consortium’s visit to Washington D.C. is part of a broader effort to garner support and resources for the climate tech hub. Through collaboration with federal agencies, industry partners, and academic institutions, the consortium aims to create a center of excellence that positions South Florida as a leader in addressing climate challenges.

“We are committed to fostering an ecosystem of innovation and collaboration that will drive meaningful impact in our region and beyond,” said Bob Geitner, Executive Director of the Miami Downtown Development Authority. “By establishing a climate tech hub, we can catalyze the development and deployment of cutting-edge technologies that address the impacts of climate change, creating a more sustainable and resilient future for South Florida.”

The delegation’s visit to Washington D.C. signals a significant step forward in the establishment of a climate tech hub in South Florida. With the support of key stakeholders and partners, the consortium is poised to drive innovation and collaboration in the region, positioning South Florida as a global leader in addressing climate challenges.

For more information on the consortium’s efforts to establish a climate tech hub in South Florida, visit FIU’s website.

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