East Anglia is aiming to put itself on the map as a major tech hub following a £14.5 million investment to build three new centres in Norfolk and Suffolk to boost digital skills in the region.
The funding has come from the New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership as part of its £290 million deal with the government, and will go towards a £6.5 million information technology centre at the University of Suffolk, and a £6.1 million "digi-tech factory" at City College Norwich.
Suffolk New College will also receive £1.6 million for a new centre to teach digital skills.
Norfolk and Suffolk county councils will share £440,000 to trial Internet of Things technology which will monitor areas such as traffic management or flooding and is expected to create 75 new jobs.
Meanwhile, the University of Suffolk’s research and training centre will tap into the strengths of BT and technology businesses at Adastral Park to support the digital economy. It is expected to train 520 students and 145 apprentices, and create 36 new jobs.
City College Norwich will combine digital technology, engineering and design courses, and will train nearly 600 students and apprentices.
New Anglia Local Enterprise Partnership chairman Doug Field said: "The quality of the business case put forward for each of these four projects put them ahead of a host of other strong applications. I believe each will make a lasting and telling contribution to achieving the aims of our economic strategy."