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Yankton Press and Dakotan (South Dakota) - Herseth Sandlin Visits Gavins Point Dam

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD- At Large)]

Rep. Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (D-S.D.) visited Gavins Point Dam Tuesday afternoon to get a first-hand look of work being done there courtesy of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers is overseeing nine projects on and around the dam that will cost about $6 million to complete.

“It's been very rewarding across South Dakota for many months now to see the types of projects that have been supported with Recovery Act dollars,” Herseth Sandlin said. “It was the right bill for South Dakota, and I think the jobs that have been saved or created demonstrate that. It's been good to hear the comments and recognition by leaders like the governor, as well as business and other community leaders, that are familiar with and recognize the importance of these projects to our essential infrastructure in South Dakota and to the essential services for our citizens.” [9/1/10]

The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina) - Celgard to break ground on Concord plant

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Larry Kissell (NC-8)]

Celgard LLC will hold a groundbreaking at 10 this morning for its 150,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in International Business Park.

The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of Polypore International Inc., is a leading supplier of 'microporous separators' used in lithium-ion batteries.

The company also is expanding its existing space in Charlotte. The Charlotte expansion, plus the new Concord plant, will create about 200 jobs, officials said.

U.S. Rep. Larry Kissell, D-N.C., worked with Celgard to help secure a $49.2 million grant for the project through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [9/2/10]

Business Courier of Cincinnati (Ohio) - Sebelius announces $13.8M for HealthBridge

Greater Cincinnati HealthBridge will receive $13.8 million over three years to help health providers in a 16-county area use health information technology.

The money comes through the Beacon Community Program, created through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009. Cincinnati and Detroit are the two final pilot communities selected for the effort, U.S. Health and Human Services Secretary Kathleen Sebelius announced today at the University of Cincinnati.

HealthBridge and the Southeastern Michigan Health Association, which is receiving $16.2 million, join 15 other projects selected in May for the Beacon program. More than 100 communities applied for the final two slots, according to the Department of Health and Human Services.

The projects are expected initially to create 1,100 jobs across all projects at an average salary of $70,000 per year, according to the department. [9/2/10]

The Anniston Star (Alabama) - Stimulus saves 34 jobs at JSU

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R- Michael Rogers (AL-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

More than two dozen Jacksonville State employees have been able to retain their jobs because of allocations handed down from the federal government through the stimulus package in the past year.

Data published on a government website,, show that JSU is expected to get $6.5 million in stimulus money.

I certainly believe it's served its purpose over here because otherwise we would have had to resort to reducing our faculty or some other more stringent recourse,” said Suzanne LaRocca, director of internal audit for JSU. “It allowed us to continue another year providing (for) our clientele, which is the students (and) faculty.” [9/1/10]

The Daily Review (Pennsylvania) - Casey tours Tioga County wind project

U.S. Senator Bob Casey (D-PA) on Wednesday toured AES Armenia Mountain Wind LLC, a wind project located in Tioga and Bradford counties.

'Pennsylvania is a manufacturing hub that is growing its wind capacity and it is wonderful to see it firsthand today,' said Senator Casey. 'We must consider a national energy standard that would lower pollution and increase renewable energy usage. Wind power is an important part of that formula.'

AES Armenia Mountain Wind LLC received $69,460,892 in federal funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) earlier this year. The funding, administered by the U.S. Department of Treasury, provides a payment in lieu of tax credit for project development and aims to create and retain jobs as well as expand the use of clean, renewable energy. [9/2/10]

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