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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Democrats are moving America forward while Congressional Republicans admit they want to take us back to the “exact same” failed policies that put the special interests ahead of the middle class. 
  • The Congressional Republican agenda favors shipping good-paying American jobs overseas, handing Social Security to Wall Street and Medicare to the insurance companies.  That agenda is being secretly funded and promoted by shadowy front groups and corporate special interests. 

Yesterday, Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack today announced community facility investments through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act in four states that will create jobs and improve needed infrastructure in rural communities across the nation. According to estimates, approximately 630 jobs will be created or saved as a result of the projects.

'These Recovery Act projects not only provide needed infrastructure in rural communities, they contribute to the Obama administration's continued efforts to create quality jobs and improve vital community services including health care,' Vilsack said. [USDA, 10/27/10]

Miami Today (Florida) - Miami-Dade County's $247 million stimulus adds nearly 5,000 jobs

In the past year and a half Miami-Dade has received nearly a quarter-billion dollars in federal economic stimulus funds, resulting in nearly 5,000 county jobs.

Based on an Oct. 15 report from County Manager George Burgess, the county has requested $601.7 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding. It has received $247.7 million, resulting in the creation of 3,481 direct, eight indirect and 1,448 contracted jobs. [10/28/10]

Public News Service (Minnesota) - Investment in Energy Efficiency Boosts MN Economy

Minnesota's Weatherization Assistance Program does more than help low-income families save energy and dollars. According to a recent University of Minnesota study, investment in weatherization creates additional jobs in other industries, and spurs local economic activity. The study looked specifically at American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. Minnesota received an additional $132 million of these federal stimulus dollars above the normal Department of Energy funds for the state's weatherization program.

'I think a lot of people right now are asking how effective has ARRA been, and I think this report shows that using ARRA funds to invest in weatherization is an effective way to stimulate the economy, particularly the local economy, for Minnesota,' [said Karen Moe, energy conservation specialist with Minnesota Community Action Partnership.]

American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding produced 495 weatherization jobs statewide between April 2009 and June 2010, which the study showed resulted in an additional 380 jobs generated in related industries. The study also shows that for every dollar spent on weatherization programming, another dollar of economic activity was generated locally. [10/26/10]

Sacramento Business Journal (California) - Sacramento State gets $775K for science center

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Doris Matsui (CA-5)]

The federal stimulus will pump $755,000 into renovating and modernizing a science center at California State University Sacramento.

The university's Center for Interdisciplinary Molecular Biology Education, Research and Advancement, which is housed within 2,500 square feet at Sequoia Hall, will be updated and better equipped to conduct “research that will lead to the breakthroughs of tomorrow, and our entire community will benefit as a result,” Congresswoman Doris Matsui [10/26/10]

Quad-Cities Online (Illinois) - Community Action Agencies, Stimulus Funding Help

The Illinois Association of Community Action Agencies (IACAA) today announced that its 38 member agencies created and retained more than 4,000 jobs, thanks to American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding. IACAA also celebrated the 468 customers Project NOW Community Action Agency, Inc. helped find or keep housing with an ARRA 3-year grant allocation for its Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program.

…Community Action Agencies are a key component of economic stability. They have invested ARRA funds into their communities in a variety of ways that meet the specific needs of residents with low incomes. With ARRA funds, agencies are creating jobs, weatherizing homes, expanding Head Start programs and preventing homelessness.

In just over one year, Project NOW Community Action Agency, Inc. weatherized 444 homes with help from ARRA funds. [10/27/10]

Lake Wylie Pilot (South Carolina) - Clemson breaking ground on wind turbine facility

Clemson University is breaking ground on a nearly $100 million center to study wind energy, a facility that could mean thousands of new jobs for South Carolina.

Lawmakers and university officials gather at the old Charleston Naval Base in North Charleston on Thursday to launch the project.

Last year, the federal Energy Department gave Clemson $45 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The state and private donors provided another $53 million. [10/28/10]

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