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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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Canton Repository (Ohio) - Stimulus funds mean summer jobs for area youths

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: John Boccieri (OH-16)]

Moore is one of about 400 Stark County youths, ages 16 to 24, who are working this summer, thanks to $1.5 million in federal stimulus money received by the Stark County Department of Job and Family Services.

To make the grant work, Jobs and Family Services contracted with three groups as subrecipients: the city of Canton, Goodwill Industries and the Stark County Educational Service Center. Together, the three are employing young people in their offices or placing them with private employers.

Participating in the program are 14 of the county's 17 public school districts, ranging from Canton City and Canton Local schools to Jackson, Sandy Valley and Tuslaw locals.

Some of those jobs include cleaning, landscaping, moving materials and office support. [7/11/10]

The Jackson Sun (Tennessee) - Energy efficiency grants awarded to 12 West Tenn. Communities

Forty-two Tennessee cities and counties -- including 12 in West Tennessee -- have been awarded almost $3.8 million in Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants, Governor Phil Bredesen and Economic and Community Development Commissioner Matt Kisber have announced.

'The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has allowed the state to help Tennessee communities take a step in the right direction for energy conservation,' Bredesen said. 'I'm pleased to see more cities and counties will have the opportunity to use Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants to make strategic investments in our state's clean energy future.'

The grants will enable communities to implement cost-effective strategies that reduce total energy expenses and save taxpayer money through improved energy efficiency in buildings and transportation systems, creating an estimated 45 new jobs in the process. [7/12/10]

Longmont Daily Times Call (Colorado) - Workforce centers put stimulus funds to work

…Colorado has received about $40 million in ARRA funding dedicated to work force development, [Peggy] Herbertson [Director of the Division of Employment and Training for the Colorado Department of Labor and Employment] said. That's in addition to the $40 million the state gets from the federal government through the Workforce Investment Act.

A $1.14 million grant announced two weeks ago is to be spent on increasing on-the-job training.

The number of people receiving unemployment insurance through Workforce Boulder County, for example, has increased 138 percent this May compared with May 2008…

Another Workforce Boulder County program funded by ARRA money was the HIRE program. The internship program helped 70 people find work with nonprofits, and some of them have since been hired on by the agency for which they worked. [7/11/10]

The Times Record (Arkansas) - Area Reaps Benefits Of Stimulus

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-John Boozman (AR-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Last week, Sen. Mark Pryor let us know where this area and the rest of the state stood in terms of stimulus spending. Sebastian County has been allocated some $77 million, with more than half of the money going to various road projects either to create new roads or improve what's already there.

Almost $25 million is going to six school districts - Fort Smith, Greenwood, Hackett, Hartford, Lavaca and Mansfield - which will spend the money on Title 1 programs that serve disadvantaged students, and on IDEA funding, which helps pay for programs for students with disabilities.

Some $7.5 million will help the Franklin-Sebastian Public Water Authority in laying 12.5 miles of pipe from a pump station at Chaffee Crossing to Lavaca and Charleston and beyond to help provide a more secure water source for 29,000 people.

Some are more visible than others, but they all reinforce the infrastructure of the area as well as pump money through the economy's financial arteries in the way of jobs and purchases of material and equipment, which have a multiplier effect. [7/11/10]

UNR Nevada News - Early Head Start earns $1.2 million federal grant to expand

The Early Head Start Program, administered through the University of Nevada, Reno's Child and Family Research Center, will add 17 new staff members through a nearly $1.2 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The funding allows the program to serve an additional 84 children, bringing the total number of children served at the center and through home-based programs to 180. [7/8/10]

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