The 2025 Clean Tech Economy Coalition (CTEC), led by mHUB, a Chicago-based hardtech and manufacturing innovation center, has been recognized by the U.S. Economic Development Administration for its potential to accelerate the transformation of the region's economy by growing clean energy technologies. The CTEC includes 19 partnering organizations rallied around six major initiatives related to manufacturing and supply chain, workforce development, applied research, entrepreneurship and commercialization, and infrastructure in Illinois.
It was selected as one of 60 Build Back Better Regional Challenge finalists, from a pool of 529 applicants, to receive a grant of approximately $500,000 to further develop proposed projects for potential Phase 2 funding up to $100 million. CTEC is the only finalist from the State of Illinois.
The 2025 Clean Tech Economy Coalition is the result of a state-wide planning effort and Request for Proposals (RFP) opened by mHUB and University of Chicago in coordination with the State of Illinois, City of Chicago, Cook County Government, Chicago Metropolitan Agency for Planning, World Business Chicago, and P33. It identified clean energy technology as a priority for the region as it can build upon significant assets that have supported the expansion of renewable energy across Illinois and created hundreds of thousands of clean energy jobs.
Coalition projects and participating member organizations were selected to coalesce the public, private, and civic sectors around aligning resources and a coordinated approach to recovering the clean tech economy. The approach, which intentionally partners large institutions and community-based organizations, creates an inclusive and equity-centered mechanism for economic growth while strengthening the region’s existing industrial base.