$75 Million Awarded To Silicon Valley Nonprofit Manufacturing Institute

FlexTech Alliance will design and operate one of nine manufacturing institutes across U.S. and will focus on flexible hybrid electronics.

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Federal state and city officials announced Friday that a San Jose non-profit received a $75 million grant for the design and operation of an institute to help create flexible electronics, the officials said. The Department of Defense awarded the grant to FlexTech Alliance.

The nonprofit will design and operate the Flexible Hybrid Electronics Manufacturing Innovation Institute, the 7th of 9 new manufacturing institutes across the country, according to the White House. It will be the only one focused on flexible hybrid electronics, White House and San Jose officials said.  Flexible hybrid electronics are bendable and wearable electronic devices that could help people monitor their health, and among other things, assist seniors and wounded soldiers, according to the white house.  They also could be embedded into roads, bridges and other structures, white house officials said. “San Jose is taking off,” San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo said in a statement. “The $75 million grant to FlexTech Alliance by the United States Department of Defense represents another big win for our city.”  The institute will help develop products that the Department of Defense will use and may lead to devices that can improve people’s lives.   The Internet and GPS technology came from other defense work, according to the office of U.S. Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto. The institute is expected to bring jobs to San Jose and Silicon Valley, some of which may be good-paying jobs that help families join the middle class.

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