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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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The Bakersfield Californian - Construction jobs touted at courthouse groundbreaking[MEMBER MENTIONED: Jim Costa (CA-20)]

The construction of a federal courthouse in Bakersfield is expected to create scores of short-term construction jobs for locals over the next two years, officials said at a groundbreaking ceremony Monday.

At least 70 percent of the approximately 250 labor positions will be filled by area workers, Gilbane senior project executive Mark Miller said.

The $28.5 million endeavor is being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also referred to as the federal stimulus bill. It's expected to be complete by 2012.

'This is part of a continuing effort to rejuvenate the economy,' Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno, said. 'It will have an economic ripple effect.' [7/12/10]

WSET ABC-13 (Virginia) - Groundbreaking For New Robertson Bridge

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Tom Perriello (VA-5)]

Congressman Tom Perriello and local leaders broke ground this morning, on the new Robertson Bridge.

About 29 million dollars from the stimulus bill will replace the 70 year-old bridge. Officials say the current one is congested, with 20-thousand vehicles traveling on it daily.

'We need to do many things we need to fill potholes but we wanted to look for gamechangers that made our area more competitive,” Perriello said.

'It will be a key element in redeveloping the 100 acre schoolfield complex again. Investments and jobs for Danville and our region,” Mayor Sherman Saunders said. [7/12/10]

Think Progress - Cantor To Host Job Fair With Employers Stimulated By Over $50 Million In Recovery Act Funds

[MEMBER MENTIONED: R-Eric Cantor (VA-7): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

House Minority Whip Rep. Eric Cantor (R-VA) has been one of the Recovery Act's most vocal critics. After whipping his caucus into uniformly opposing the stimulus, Cantor has been the lead spokesman decrying the program as a failure.

Tomorrow, Cantor intends to again host a job fair stimulated by jobs made possible through the Recovery Act.

…employers at the Cantor job fair tomorrow have received approximately $52,716,129 from the stimulus.

While Cantor has tried to score political points slamming the stimulus as an utter failure, he has relied on it as a crutch to bring both private and public sector jobs to his district. [7/12/10]

The Associated Press - Mass. governor pledges $9M for teen summer jobs

Gov. Deval Patrick is pledging $9 million in state and federal dollars to help provide thousands of summer jobs to low income teens across Massachusetts.

Patrick said the money will help about 4,700 young people collect a paycheck for working in 25 cities and towns across the state.

Most of the money comes from state through the YouthWorks program with an additional $1.8 million in federal stimulus funding. [7/12/10]

The Press Register (Alabama) - Alabama schools get $59.6 million in federal stimulus funds

Alabama schools will receive another $59.6 million in federal stimulus funds, the U.S. Department of Education just announced.

This brings the total that the state has received to about $1.5 billion in federal stimulus money, which was used to fund 4,3000 teaching and other jobs this past school year; support education programs, including special education; improve technology in the schools;  build and renovate schools; and for other purposes.

The $59.6 million -- which is the last stimulus money schools are expecting to receive -- will be used by local school systems to keep teachers in the classroom, said Michael Sibley, spokesman for the Alabama Department of Education. [7/12/10]

The Oklahoman - Proposals for green jobs sought in Oklahoma

Oklahoma groups seeking up to $3 million to train and employ 'green' workers have until July 25 to submit a statement of interest to the state Commerce Department.

The money is part of $6 million in federal stimulus money awarded to Oklahoma to train 1,000 workers in emerging industries such as energy efficiency and renewable energy.

The stimulus funding also is going to green jobs training centers across the state, including at Tulsa Community College, the state's CareerTech sites and the University of Oklahoma's Lean and Green Institute. [7/13/10]

Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) - Stimulus funds help Auke Bay facility modernize, expand

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Don Young (AK-At Large): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Modernization and expansion of the Auke Bay loading facility in Juneau can begin with U.S. Department of Transportation approval of a $3.6 million grant agreement.

Officials said the new loading facility will improve distribution services for the fishing industry, and increase the efficiency of small freight companies by offsetting the high cost of local operations.

The modernization project is expected to begin in November and provide about 250 jobs during the seven months planned to complete it.

Final approval was announced last week. The funding is part of the Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. [7/11/10]

Milwaukee Small Business Times (Wisconsin) - State to spend $34 million in stimulus funds to retrain workers

Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle today announced a $34 million Transitional Jobs project to help thousands of people across the state gain new skills and re-enter the workforce.

The pilot program is funded by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which will provide the stimulus funding to the state's Temporary Assistance for Needy Families (TANF) program.

“The Transitional Jobs project will help us work toward my No. 1 priority this year - helping our businesses create jobs and giving our workers the opportunities to get those jobs,” Doyle said. “This innovative program will work closely with communities throughout the state to help workers gain important job skills to re-enter the workforce and find good, family-supporting jobs.” [7/12/10]

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