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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) - Ohio receives $6 million for worker training

The U.S. Department of Labor has awarded Ohio $6 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act grants for what is called green job training, with a special emphasis on communities affected by the auto industry.

''These funds will help Ohio workers train for good-paying jobs in our state's growing clean energy industry,'' U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown said in a prepared statement.

The grants are to make it possible to enroll 1,600 Ohioans in training, with a focus on dislocated workers, veterans, women, minorities and Appalachian residents.

A projected 1,275 participants will earn industry-recognized certificates for residential energy auditing, building operator and the Occupational Safety and Health Administration. [1/22/10] (Wisconsin) - Forest County Potowatomi Tribe gets $2.5 million energy grant

Wisconsin Congressman Steve Kagen announced a $2.5 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to support the Forest County Potowatomi Tribe's proposal to implement an integrated renewable energy deployment plan.

Kagen said the project will promote investment in clean energy infrastructure that will create jobs, help the community provide long-term renewable energy and save consumers money.

“I am working hard to bring our tax dollars back to Wisconsin to promote job growth and improve our communities,” he said.  “This grant will not only improve the energy infrastructure of Forest County, but it will strengthen the local economy by employing the hard working people there.” [1/21/10]

KRCG CBS-13 (Missouri) - Nixon creating Youth Corps for state parks

Gov. Jay Nixon is planning to put more than 1,000 young Missourians to work cleaning up state parks.

Nixon says he is creating the 'Missouri State Parks Youth Corps' to provide summer jobs for young people at 85 state parks and historic sites.

Nixon spokesman Scott Holste says the $1.8 million program is being financed with federal stimulus money earmarked for creating jobs for young people. [1/22/10]

Honolulu Advertiser (Hawaii) - New jobs opening to help remove Maunalua Bay algae

The Nature Conservancy has awarded a contract to Pono Pacific Land Management LLC for large scale removal of invasive algae from Maunalua Bay. This contract is expected to create 50 new jobs in addition to the 25 jobs already supported by this project. The new jobs will last for about 12 months. After that period, Pono Pacific hopes to assist workers find meaningful ongoing employment in conservation or related fields.

This work is made possible by a National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) award to The Nature Conservancy, in partnership with M\xc4\x81lama Maunalua, for Maunalua Bay Reef Restoration. This stimulus funding to restore coastal habitats scales up three years of volunteer efforts to pull invasive algae out of the bay, and enables these organizations to create jobs and accelerate invasive algae removal - the first step in restoring habitat in Maunalua Bay. [1/21/10]

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