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Uplift Central Coast

A 6-county coalition advancing space + aeronautics

Cultivating a space + aeronautics ecosystem

from Santa Cruz to Ventura

A growing coalition of government, education, and industry partners led by REACH, MBEP, and EDC has united to accelerate the Central Coast’s aerospace technology corridor and create thousands of good-paying jobs by:

  • Advancing industry-identified requirements for workforce development from K-16, offering equitable pathways into the growing sector
  • Creating two innovation districts, one for polar space launch at Vandenberg Space Force Base and one for drone and air taxi development in Monterey Bay
  • Building infrastructure and construction projects that will unlock business and job growth
  • Establishing a network of three aerospace incubators to support new business formation, university partnerships, and entrepreneurship

Uplift Central Coast at a Glance

The region has the assets to succeed:

  • a burgeoning cluster of industry players and start-ups
  • highly ranked state universities with premier engineering and aerospace programs
  • strong network of community colleges and workforce development programs
  • critical yet underutilized national infrastructure at Vandenberg SFB

Uplift Central Coast connects those assets strategically for the first time to create a critical mass of companies fueled by university-incubated innovation and a robust pipeline of human capital.

The coalition expects to pursue a combination of federal, state, industry, and public-private partnership resources.

REACH, as the lead agency, recently submitted a $70 million grant application under the Biden Administration’s $1 billion Build Back Better Regional Challenge that would create nearly 10,000 jobs, catalyze growth for 150+ companies, spur more than $500 million in investment, train and upskill 2,000 workers per year and reach more than 30,000 K-12 students per year.

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Coalition Members (and Growing!)

15+

Universities & Community Colleges

56

Military Bases, Airfields, & Airports

90+

Letters of Support

100+

Space & Aeronautics Businesses