Associated Press - Road officials trying to put stimulus cash to work
[Washington state Transportation Secretary Paula] Hammond said that nationwide, 2,000 construction projects funded by stimulus dollars are under way, worth more than $6 billion. In all, 5,600 projects worth an estimated $16.7 billion have been approved for bids, she said.
The projects are 'providing steady and sustained jobs, which are real family wage-earning jobs for workers in our country,' she said.
Hammond said all 50 states met a June 30 deadline for obligating 50 percent of their highway stimulus funds, while 15 states have obligated 80 percent.
She said Washington's $491 million for highway construction is expected to sustain some 3,700 construction jobs.
Will Kempton, director of the California Department of Transportation and the outgoing president of the 18-state regional association, said the stimulus money has been a lifesaver in the midst of his state's $26 billion fiscal crisis.
'With these Recovery Act dollars coming in it means that some of this work can go forward,' he said. 'It couldn't come at a better time for the state of California.' [Read More]
The Staten Island Advance (New York) - Staten Island's St. George Ferry Terminal on receiving end of $4 million in stimulus funds
The funding was announced today in Washington by Transportation Secretary Ray LaHood and will improve the ferry and terminal's safety, efficiency and reliability, Rep. Michael McMahon (D-Staten Island/Brooklyn) said.
'Investing in improvements to the ferry and the terminal pays dividends for the people of Staten Island. We cannot lose sight that the main focus of this Congress, and my main priority, is the economy and creating jobs. This is yet another program which will employ Staten Islanders, improve the facilities Staten Islanders use every day and benefit Staten Island commuters for years to come,' [McMahon said].
Earlier this month, McMahon announced $1.275 million in economic recovery funds will go toward installing four new energy-efficient engines in the ferryboat John Noble. [Read More]
WLTX-TV (Georgia) - GA Gets $1Million In Stimulus Funds To Buy New Ferry
Georgia is getting $1 million in federal stimulus funds to buy a new ferry boat for Savannah's downtown riverfront.
U.S. Rep. John Barrow, a Savannah Democrat, announced the federal grant to the Georgia Department of Transportation on Tuesday.
The money will pay for a new ferry boat to carry residents and tourists across the Savannah River between the city's downtown historic district and neighboring Hutchinson Island, site of a large hotel and convention center. [Read More]
Northern Colorado Business Report (Colorado) - Colo. 14 resurfacing starts with stimulus funds
The Colorado Department of Transportation has begun work on a 14-mile asphalt resurfacing project on Colorado Highway 14 between Cameron Pass and the State Fish Hatchery with $5.6 million in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
About 35 employees of private construction companies will take part in the project, with two as new hires.
'Repairing this road will put Coloradans back to work, bring local jobs to Northern Colorado and make much-needed improvements in our infrastructure,' said U.S. Rep. Betsy Markey, D-Fourth District.
Colorado is scheduled to receive more than $400 million for transportation projects and $103 million for transit projects through the ARRA. [Read More]
The Martinez News-Gazette (California) - Martinez VA to receive $350K in stimulus funds
The money is intended to pay for an extensive study on how to incorporate solar and geothermal energy systems into the facility's existing infrastructure, said Amy Peake, spokesperson for U.S. Representative George Miller, last week.
“This funding will help create green construction jobs in our community and represents one more step toward our goal of creating a new energy economy in our country,” Miller said.
According to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs, the V.A. is targeting nearly one-quarter of its $1.4 billion in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that passed earlier this year for clean energy generation and energy conservation investments... [Read More]
WCTV (Florida) - 40 Annual Contract Teachers Appointed
Forty annual contract teachers have been appointed to Taylor County Schools for the upcoming year.
Some of those vacant positions could've been scraped due to financial limitations.
Twelve of the teaching positions will be funded through the county's portion of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which is part of the federal stimulus package.
Superintendent Paul Dyal says if it weren't for that money, some of those vacant positions would've been cut altogether because of a strained budget.
Dyal says the federal funds help tremendously because the district is just making up a $1.8 million deficit, on top of receiving $3 million less than the year before from the state. [Read More]
The Observer-Dispatch (New York) - Teens spend summer on the job
Fredrick Gilmore, 15, likes to work.
He's getting the chance to do just that as one of about 750 teens working in the community this summer as part of the Summer Youth Employment Program.
The number of participants in this year's program is 45 percent more than the number of participants in last year's program.
That boost is due in part to the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act... [Read More]
Yakima Herald-Republic (Washington) - State gets $23.8M from stimulus to boost weatherization efforts
Washington state is receiving $23.8 million from the Department of Energy to expand weatherization assistance programs.
These funds, made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be dispersed with other funds to weatherize 5,500 homes over the next three years. It will cut energy costs for low-income families that need it, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and create green jobs across the state. [Read More]
Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee) - Smokies set to start $64M in improvements
Great Smoky Mountains National Park expects this summer to award the first round of construction contracts using the $64 million the park received under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
The first phase of construction will use $7.5 million of the stimulus package to repave Cosby Campground, improve parking at the Sinks, and upgrade 34 buildings and five comfort stations throughout the park.
The national park already is using $1.2 million of the federal funding to hire temporary park employees to improve 32 miles of eroded horse trails in Tennessee and North Carolina, and to restore more than 60 historic cemeteries.
The Smokies is one of 380 national parks across the U.S. to receive the stimulus funding. [Read More]
Birmingham Business Journal (Alabama) - Energy stimulus funds available for Birmingham, JeffCo
Birmingham and Jefferson County are among the Alabama counties and municipalities eligible for energy-related federal stimulus funding.
The Alabama Department of Economic and Community Affairs said it has $6.2 million of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to distribute for eligible projects. ADECA is seeking applications for projects to help local governments decrease energy consumption, improve the energy efficiency of buildings, reduce fossil fuel emissions and create or retain jobs. [Read More]
Chico Enterprise-Record (California) - Federal funds will help local school districts feed students
Federally funded extra freezer space, clean ovens and an energy efficient dishwasher that actually removes gunk will help Butte and Glenn county school districts feed students.
'It's gonna be great for the students, the community and the economy,' Harter said.
Seven Butte County school districts will receive $220,295 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to buy food service equipment, according to the California Department of Education.
As well as increasing food quality, the stimulus money will help to increase sales and in turn save jobs... [Read More]
The Wilson Times (North Carolina) - Healthier bus rides ahead for students
About 20 older school buses assigned to Wilson County Schools will be retrofitted with devices to reduce harmful emissions.
Money for the project, which involves about $30,000 for the district, is coming from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency.
The EPA awarded $509,000 to the N.C. Department of Public Instruction to retrofit buses in Wilson, Edgecombe, Nash and Pitt counties. The EPA received the money through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 in February. [Read More]
- Medina Gazette (Ohio) - Stimulus to help fund new Cloverleaf elementary
- Carlsbad Current-Argus (New Mexico) - Federal contract awarded to Carlsbad's Constructors Inc. for work at Waste Isolation Pilot Plant
- Business First of Louisville (Kentucky) - Kentucky gets federal funds for ferries
- Maine Today (Maine) - Stimulus funds to buy Casco Bay Lines a new boat
- The Denver Post (Colorado) - Colorado fair focuses on stimulus
- Salem Statesmen Journal (Oregon) -Feds' cash to pay for new ferry
- WVNS-TV (West Virginia) - WVU Researchers Using $3 Million in Stimulus Money
- The Birmingham News (Alabama) - More than 500 gather for broadband grant workshop in Birmingham