Governors Encouraged by CHIPS Selection, Call for Acceleration of Awards to Advance American Competitiveness

WASHINGTON – Today, National Governors Association Chair Governor Spencer Cox of Utah and Vice Chair Governor Jared Polis of Colorado released the following statement following the U.S. Department of Commerce’s selection for funding the first major commercial fabrication facility in the United States.

“Last year, Governors strongly advocated for Congress to pass legislation to advance American innovation and competitiveness.

“The CHIPS and Science Act of 2022 provides federal support to increase domestic production capacity for semiconductor research and development, strengthen intellectual property and produce cutting-edge technologies.

“By making the first selection of CHIPS funding, the U.S. Department of Commerce is making good on its commitment to swiftly provide semiconductor funding to support U.S. economic and national security.

“We call on the Administration to accelerate its next round of awards to ensure that states and territories have the vital resources required to support the 21st century research needs of businesses and workforces.”