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Critical Minerals in CA: Building the Supply Chain for Tomorrow

January 18, 2023

Please join us for the Driving Regional Partnership and Infrastructure panel featuring IEGO.

About this event

California is home to a rapidly accelerating critical mineral ecosystem that includes rare earths, lithium, boron, and others.

These materials are vital for many sectors as they are necessary for producing zero-emission vehicles, clean energy technologies, defense applications, semiconductors, and much more. Under the U.S. Department of Energy, the Biden-Harris Administration recently announced $675 million under the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law for critical materials . This federal opportunity, and others like it, provide the opportunity to accelerate the nation’s transition to a clean economy, rebuild the complete domestic supply chain, and ensure national defense preparedness. This convening will bring together government, industry stakeholders, non-profits, academia, and community and economic development leaders to discuss future opportunities to support California’s critical material ecosystem, build-out future manufacturing capabilities, and align the collective supply chain.

Hosted by University of California, Riverside in partnership with the California Governor’s Office of Business and Economic Development (GO-Biz), California Energy Commission (CEC), the California Employment Training Panel (ETP), and the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory. Attendees will include research organizations, local government, defense, economic development practitioner organizations, businesses, infrastructure, academia, and state and federal agencies.

This event is invitation only and space is limited.

For questions, please email michael.mckibben@ucr.edu and supplychain@gobiz.ca.gov.

Agenda Includes:

– Overview of UCR & Lawrence Berkeley Research. Presentations and overview of projects across five inland Southern California counties including rare earths, boron, and lithium

– Moderated discussion on state and federal support support for critical mineral supply chain

– Breakout sessions covering topics such as research, entrepreneurship, building out manufacturing capabilities, infrastructure, workforce development, and local partnerships

Agenda here.



January 18, 2023