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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 U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA) announced the 60 finalists (chosen from a pool of 529 applicants) for their $1 billion “Build Back Better Regional Challenge”. Sadly, our Uplift Central Coast application was not one of them. We knew going in that the odds were slim, but that combining our forces would serve a great purpose in sparking the Uplift Central Coast Coalition. This is just the beginning of a long-term and growing partnership to foster the space and aeronautics industry across six counties, and we are actively positioning the effort to be competitive for the state's $5 million Community Economic Resilience Fund planning grants as well as other opportunities that will lift our Central Coast region. Stay tuned!

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.

13

Coalition Members (and Growing!)

15+

Universities & Community Colleges

56

Military Bases, Airfields, & Airports

90+

Letters of Support

100+

Space & Aeronautics Businesses