Governor’s Revised Budget Includes $80 Million for STEM Building at SDSU’s Brawley Campus

Senator Hueso leads efforts to help secure funding with help from other state representatives
May 12, 2022

Sacramento, CA – May 13, 2022 – The revised 2022-23 state budget proposal by Governor Gavin Newsom released today includes $80 million for a new Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics facility at the Brawley campus of San Diego State University-Imperial Valley.

The new STEM building is expected to, among other things, help build a workforce for companies planning to extract lithium in Imperial Valley.

“Lithium extraction in the Imperial County will create high-paying jobs for thousands of residents,” said Senator Ben Hueso (D-40). “A new STEM building at SDSU-IV’s Brawley campus will ensure lithium extraction companies have access to a local, highly-skilled workforce to fill those well-paying positions. This is great news, as Imperial County looks to be one of the leaders in lithium production.”

Senator Hueso worked alongside Assemblymember Eduardo Garcia (D-Coachella), budget committee chairs, and the Governor’s office to include the funding in the revised state budget proposal.

According to the White House, as the world transitions to a clean energy economy, the global demand for lithium used in electric vehicle batteries will jump by 4,000 percent.

SDSU previously announced its plans for the new STEM building at the Brawley campus. The university expects to have the new STEM building built and ready for students by the fall of 2023. The funding will help get add another wing to the Brawley campus for the STEM program.

Imperial Valley media outlets have previously reported that the founder of Italvolt started a new U.S.-based company, Statevolt which will construct and invest $4 billion into a 54Gwh gigafactory in the Imperial County. Statevolt stated it will hire 2,500 jobs with the majority coming from residents. 

“It’s all coming together for the Imperial County,” said Hueso. “We are in a position to create good jobs, bolster our economy, and provide greater education for Imperial Valley residents.”