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DC daily roundup: Funding for DC internet and small biz; Steve Case talks AI; MoCo getting hydrogen-powered busses

Plus a tech exec's Virginia primary election win.

The National Gallery of Art, west building, Washington D.C., January 29, 2024. (Robb Hill for Technical.ly)

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Fund$ for internet access across DC

The National Telecommunications and Information Administration awarded DC $100.6 million to increase internet access and roll out digital literacy training in the city. These funds are part of the Broadband Equity, Access and Deployment (BEAD) Program, which allocated $42.45 billion to boost internet access and infrastructure throughout the US.

There’s a lot more fundraising news in the DMV, too. Applications are open for Ward 8 entrepreneurs to apply for grants and loans, and the climate tech firm Crux added investors to its Series A.

➡️ Read more about recent Money Moves in my latest report here

Seeking tech workers who like a challenge

Certara software enables key transitions in the pharmaceutical development pipeline, getting new treatments to patients faster. With an integrated platform offering multiple solutions and products, ideas and demand abound.

What the company needs is people to execute these ideas into reality — software engineers, data standards experts and product managers and more. With 1,400 employees and many remote positions, the organization has proven a draw for technologists who prefer autonomy and thrive on the challenge of doing application development in a highly specialized scientific domain.

➡️ Check out openings at Cetara’s jobs page now

News Incubator: What else to know today

• Montgomery County will have hydrogen-powered buses sometime next year when the new private-equity-backed Rockville transit center opens. [Baltimore Banner]

• An EV motor startup in Crystal City recently closed a $650,000 pre-seed funding round. It marks $1 million in funding for Torev Motors. [Washington Biz Journal]

• During Virginia primary elections on Tuesday, Democratic and Republican voters elected candidates for two important open congressional seats in the Northern Virginia suburbs. One of those is Republican Mike Clancy, a tech executive vying for the 10th district seat in Loudoun County. [WAMU]

• After the sudden exit of the Washington Post’s executive editor, owner Jeff Bezos wrote to editors: “You have my full commitment on maintaining the quality, ethics, and standards we all believe in.” [Washington Post]

• Steve Case, the founder of the DC-based VC firm Revolution Ventures and former AOL CEO, spoke to the strengths of open access to AI at a recent event. [TechCrunch]

🗓️ On the Calendar

• Halcyon is hosting a showcase for its first-ever Climate Fellowship cohort on June 26. [Details here]

• The Founder Institute is hosting a networking event for early-stage founders on June 27 in DC. Representatives from organizations including the Small Business Administration and SOAR Community Network will be in attendance. [Details here]

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