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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Quad-Cities Online (Illinois) - Hare announces over $18 million in Recovery Act Funding to assist R.I., Moline, and Sterling

Congressman Phil Hare (D-IL) today announced that the Rock Island Economic Growth Corporation (GROWTH) has received $18,530,708 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

'This substantial investment from the economic recovery package will go a long way toward reviving our local economy, putting people back to work, and keeping families in their homes.'

The grant is being awarded under the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's Neighborhood Stabilization Program. GROWTH was among 60 recipients selected nationwide and will partner with the city of Moline, city of Rock Island, city of Sterling, and the Illinois Housing Development Authority. [1/15/10]

Tampa Tribune (Florida) - Feds invest wisely with housing project

The $38 million housing grant awarded to Tampa last week is an example of how federal stimulus dollars should be used - on projects that create jobs and revitalize local economies.

Most of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development grant - $28 million - will go toward building a mixed-use complex on the site of the former Central Park Village public housing project.

Jerome Ryans, director of the Tampa Housing Authority, which will oversee the grant, predicts the 'Encore' development will create 4,000 construction jobs and 1,200 permanent jobs.

The new complex will offer 667 units of affordable housing and more than 800 market-rate condos, as well as 270,000 square feet of retail. The community will be near the train station, which could bolster Florida's case for Washington to fund a high-speed rail line from Tampa to Orlando, which would be another job-creator. [1/19/10]

The News-Gazette (Illinois) - Stimulus grants will go toward area job training

Parkland College has received two grants totaling more than $900,000 to help train employees at eight area manufacturers and four area hospitals.

The manufacturing grant is expected to be used to train 169 employees, with some getting multiple levels of training.

The health care grant is expected to be used to train 1,416 people, with 246 of them likely to take on additional duties… [1/20/10]

The Gainesville Sun (Florida) - UF Aging Institute gets $15M for new complex

The Institute on Aging at the University of Florida has received close to $15 million in funding from the National Institutes of Health to build a 40,000-square-foot complex for clinical and translational research, it was announced Tuesday.

The new building will incorporate facilities for clinical research recruitment and assessment, laboratories, training, conferences and lifestyle intervention, including an indoor walking track, demonstration kitchen and behavioral counseling suite.

The construction grant will be administered by the National Center for Research Resources. Funded under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the project will create or retain an estimated 376 jobs, three-quarters of them construction-related, along with 30 faculty positions, graduate assistants and administrative staff. [1/20/10]

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