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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

KCBS 740-AM (California) - Federal Stimulus Helps New Med Center

Thousands of people in west Contra Costa County are expected to benefit from a new multi-million dollar health clinic that will be built at Doctors Medical Center in San Pablo.

$12 million in federal stimulus money is being directed to the new West County health center.

East Bay Congressman George Miller said the area was in need of the funding, as Doctors Medical Center has had to battle back from being on the verge of bankruptcy.

'We have the opportunity to truly build a medical home for the west county community, where people can come with their children,' Miller said. 'They can receive the necessary services. We have the ability to put those in one place.'

'We anticipate creating perhaps as many as 250 jobs on site here as we move forward,' said [Contra Costa County health services director Dr. William] Walker. 'It's a huge economic stimulus for West County.' [1/25/10]

Pleasanton Weekly (California) - Construction starts on 4th bore of Caldecott Tunnel

Federal, state and local officials gathered in Orinda Friday to celebrate the beginning of construction on the fourth bore of the Caldecott Tunnel.

Rep. John Garamendi, D-Walnut Creek, joined members of the U.S. Department of Transportation, the state Legislature, Caltrans, and local transportation agencies at the groundbreaking ceremony for the project that will add a fourth bore to the tunnel connecting Oakland and Contra Costa County via state Highway 24.

The four-year project, which costs $420 million, will alleviate traffic congestion in the area and is expected to create jobs for more than 5,000 construction workers.

John Porcari, deputy secretary of the U.S. Department of Transportation, said the money 'is being invested in more than just a tunnel.'

The project represents 'investing in jobs, here and now today, when we need them,' Porcari said. 'We're investing in an easier, safer, and less congested trip for the 160,000 daily commuters when this project is finished, and by reducing congestion here in the East Bay, we're investing in a greener environment.' [1/25/10]

Norwich Bulletin (Connecticut) - Water projects expected to bring more than 100 jobs to Putnam

State and local officials announced Monday that two federal stimulus-funded water and sewer projects would create 110 local jobs.

U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, was in Putnam to discuss the previously announced award of $15 million for a massive upgrade of the town's wastewater plant and the expansion of Putnam's well field.

The funding has been made available by the U.S. Department of Agriculture through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The well fields project will create 40 jobs and the sewer treatment project will create 70 jobs, Mayor Bob Viens said.  “This means local people being put to work,” he said. [1/25/10]

Rocky Mount Telegram (North Carolina) - Stimulus funds help to enhance broadband

Gov. Bev Perdue announced earlier this week that Microelectronic Center of North Carolina -- a Research Triangle Park-based nonprofit organization that works on spurring public-private high technology economic development ventures -- received $28.2 million in funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to build a 480-mile fiber-optic network for the North Carolina Research and Education Network.

State officials said that the overall design, construction and operation of the network will create more than 230 engineering and construction jobs statewide. In addition, the network has the potential to serve more than 1,500 school and community institutions, 180,000 businesses and more than 300,000 underserved families. [1/24/10]

Springfield News Leader (Missouri) - Springfield home among those weatherized with help from stimulus money

The state of Missouri is administering $128 million in Recovery Act funding for energy efficiency improvements to the homes of low-income families.

DNR [Missouri Department of Natural Resources] estimates more than 21,000 low-income Missouri families will benefit from the Recovery Act funding as their homes are weatherized over the next three years by OACAC and 17 other agencies across Missouri. The agencies estimate the Energize Missouri Homes low-income weatherization assistance projects will result in about 220 additional Missouri jobs. [1/23/10]

Pioneer Press (Minnesota) - Minnesota receives 2 rural business development grants

A town and a research institute in Minnesota are receiving federal grants to help create jobs.

The Agricultural Utilization Research Institute in Crookston will get $99,000 to support biomass processing projects in seven counties: Itasca, Aitkin, Stearns, Marshall, Winona, Crow Wing and Chisago. USDA Rural Development says it expects the technical assistance will result in 17 new jobs and 9.5 jobs saved.

The southwestern Minnesota community of Adrian is getting $99,999 to help finance small and emerging businesses. Adrian has already identified the Sterling Drug tele-pharmacy for initial financing, and expects the grant will help create or save six jobs.

The Minnesota projects are among 44 nationwide receiving more than $4 million in stimulus funding. [1/26/10]

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