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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

KELO-TV (South Dakota) - South Dakota Stimulus Spending

South Dakota received more than $750 millionfrom the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.Several departments across the state are already putting that money to work and putting the unemployed back to work. The South Dakota Department of Transportation has also put the federal money to work. Construction crews have already started work on four major projects on South Dakota's interstate system. In all, DOT has 12projects in the works that total $80 million statewide.

The Department of Labor has already spent $3 millionin stimulus money to help hundreds of workers in their teens and twenties find summer jobs. 'We were able to in a few short weeks provide over 600 work opportunities for youth across the state of South Dakota with that stimulus funding,' Greg Johnson with the Sioux Falls Department of Labor Office said. [6/08/09]

Great Falls Tribune (Montana) - Federal Infusion Revives Summer Elementary School Sessions in Great Falls

This summer, the district will be able to expand the program thanks to federal stimulus dollars that can be used to help serve low-income students. The district will receive $6.8 million in stimulus money through three main channels: low-income student funding, special education funding, and Department of Commerce funding for facility renovations and remodeling to save energy.

Cheryl Crawley, superintendent of schools in Great Falls, said the stimulus money will provide a good start to getting more programs up and running…'This gives us seed money to put things in place,' Crawley said. [6/9/09]

The Austin-Statesman (Texas) - School board creates 18 new positions with stimulus money

The Austin school board on Monday created about 18 new positions using federal stimulus money meant for low income schools. The move is the first step of a $20.7 million plan for using new Title 1 federal stimulus dollars that district officials said could save an estimated 166 jobs and create another 63 over the next two years. Another $17.3 million in federal money is expected for special education programs. [6/8/09]

Local News 8 (Idaho) - Idaho awards first highway stimulus project

An Orofino construction company has won a bid to add a northbound passing lane to U.S. Highway 95 on Moscow Mountain, work that's being funded by $2.7 million from the federal stimulus package. The state estimates the contract will likely help generate or preserve some 50 jobs.

Gov. C.L. 'Butch' Otter says the project, due to be completed within 70 days, is helping create work for Idaho families at a time when unemployment is rising. [6/9/09]

San Diego Business Journal (California) -- Workforce Partnership Draws $24 M in Federal Stimulus Funds

Thanks to a nearly $24 million infusion from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the San Diego Workforce Partnership, the regional job training agency, says it's poised to make some dent in the area's unemployment.

Part of the funds, about $10 million, targets youth unemployment, including $7.7 million for a summer jobs program that should put 3,000 young people to work. Another part, some $13.5 million, will go to a variety of programs to help the long-term unemployed.

This includes $5.2 million that will go to eight community colleges and three public universities for direct training programs to help displaced workers find new careers. Another $2 million to $3 million is budgeted for on-the-job training or customized training aimed at private sector employers. [6/9/09]