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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Post-Standard (New York) - Rep. Maffei announces $2 million in stimulus funds for Syracuse housing
Rep. Dan Maffei, D-DeWitt, also used the occasion to announce that Home HeadQuarters would receive $2 million in economic stimulus funding.

Kerry Quaglia, executive director of Home HeadQuarters, said the agency would use the money for home improvement loans of up to $10,000 each. The money can be used for new roofing, paint, new furnaces and other home improvements that first-time homebuyers often cannot finance through a traditional bank. [Read More]

Florida Today - Editorial: Our views: Tapping U.S. dollars
Critics who say the $787 billion federal stimulus package is a waste of taxpayer money were in short supply Tuesday when about 250 small local business owners and others showed up at Florida Tech to learn how to possibly tap the funds and create jobs.

At the workshop, Rep. Suzanne Kosmas, D-New Smyrna Beach, and workforce experts explained the first steps Space Coast residents should take to get a piece of the action. [Read More]

Beloit Daily News (Wisconsin) - Health center gets grant
The Beloit Area Community Health Center is set to receive federal grant funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Community Health Systems of Beloit will receive $656,980, which will be used to add a four-room, walk-in clinic near the existing clinic in the Eclipse Center in Beloit. The new walk-in clinic is expected to handle at least 8,400 patient visits in the first year. Construction of the clinic is expected to begin soon.

“I'm delighted that these funds are coming into Wisconsin to help families that are struggling,” said U.S. Rep. Tammy Baldwin, D-Madison, who voted for the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in February. “The strength of our economy and access to quality health care are co-dependent. Each requires the strength of the other to grow. We must bolster both if we are to thrive in the 21st century and these grants do just that.” [Read More]

WOWK-13 (West Virginia) - More than $13-million for Improved Energy Efficiency in State Buildings

Senators Jay Rockefeller and Robert C. Byrd, together with Congressmen Nick J. Rahall and Alan B. Mollohan, announced West Virginia is being awarded an initial $13.1 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (“Recovery Act”) [for the Department of Energy's State Energy Program.]

All four voted in support of earlier this year, to improve energy efficiency for state buildings.

These funds will be used under the Department of Energy's State Energy Program for various improvements aimed at supporting job growth and investing in clean energy and conservation - to state administrative office buildings, laboratories, schools, colleges and universities, and armories - in areas such as lighting systems, windows, HVAC systems, boilers, and control systems.

 “West Virginia plays a critical role in fulfilling America's energy needs and we are taking a lead in our Nation's march toward energy independence,” said Rahall. “This funding invests in our local economies, helping save jobs and creating new opportunities for our citizens. At the same time, these dollars help our state adopt new, innovative energy efficient technologies that can save West Virginians money, and move our state into a new phase of leading America's energy economy.”

“This funding is an investment that will create jobs in West Virginia today and bring energy savings throughout the state in the years to come,” said Congressman Mollohan. [Read More]

Lancaster Eagle Gazette (Ohio) - Recovery Act funding hopes to reduce emissions and increase efficiency
Ohio will use the $24.9 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funding, allocated to Ohio through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on condition of proposal review and approval by the U.S. Department of Energy which is expected by October 23.

Ohio is eligible for a total allocation of $84 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant funds. The U.S. Department of Energy has divided the program into two allocations. The first is a $59 million allocation directly from the Department of Energy to Ohio's 10 largest counties and 33 largest cities. County and city governments interested in seeking this funding were required to file an energy strategy proposal with the federal government by June 25, 2009. [Read More]

Seattle Times - Washington to benefit from marine and coastal restoration fund signed by Commerce Secretary Gary Locke
Commerce Secretary Gary Locke has earmarked funds for 50 habitat restoration projects along coastal and Great Lake states, including six in Washington that will repair damaged wetlands, clean marine habitat, clear debris in Puget Sound, and restore fish passages blocked by dams.  The funding comes under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, and the Department's National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration was provided $167 million for marine and coastal habitat restoration.

“These Recovery Act projects will put Americans to work while restoring our coasts and combating climate change,” Locke said in a news release.  “They reflect our investment in sound science and commitment to help strengthen local economies.”

The projects will employ people such as laborers, nursery workers, design engineers, restoration ecologists, landscape architects, hydrologists and specialized botanists.  Many other indirect jobs will also benefit from these projects. [Read More]

Asbury Park Press (New Jersey) - $469M allocated to road projects
New Jersey is sitting pretty, having more than met federal deadlines to spend the $469 million in federal stimulus money allocated for transportation projects.

New Jersey has 43 projects, which are focused on infrastructure repair, being financed with federal stimulus money, [Richard Hammer, Assistant Transportation Commissioner for Capital Projects] said. Those consist of work on bridges, repaving and drainage, he said. 'There will be work all over New Jersey this summer,” Hammer said. [Read More]

Sioux City Journal (Iowa) - Iowa stimulus package spending on track
Iowa has let projects using about three-quarters of the $348 million the state has received in federal stimulus funds for state, city and county roads, pumping most of that money into repair and maintenance of the Iowa road system.

Through June, DOT has let projects totaling $196.5 million, or 86 percent of the $228.2 million American Recovery and Reinvestment Act highway funds targeted to the state's primary road system. It also has let project totaling $65.8 million, or 55 percent of the $120 million targeted to city streets and county roads. [Read More]

Nashville Business Journal - Tennessee gets $39M for affordable housing
Tennessee is set to receive $39 million in federal stimulus money to jump start affordable housing programs.

Twenty-six states will share in more than $1 billion designed to stimulate the production of thousands of housing units, which will create jobs through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. [Read More]

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