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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Michigan) - Stimulus-funded highway improvements support 19,744 jobs in Michigan

Michigan currently has 460 stimulus-financed highway construction projects under way or completed, according to data released by the Washington, D.C.-based American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA).  

The projects have supported or are supporting 19,744 jobs in Michigan that would otherwise not exist, says ARTBA Vice President of Economics & Research Bill Buechner. [3/9/10]

Bloomberg Business Week - W.Va. highway projects get $180 million infusion

More than $180 million in federal stimulus money is fueling 105 highway projects in West Virginia.

The American Road & Transportation Builders Association in Washington, D.C., says those projects created 5,015 jobs that would not otherwise exist.

Last year, the federal government set aside $48 billion for transportation improvements over two years, including $27.5 billion for highway, bridge and related construction projects nationwide. [3/9/10]

The Sacramento Bee (California) - Roseville solar start-up gets federal boost to build new plants

A Roseville company announced that it has received $25.7 million in federal economic stimulus assistance to build a solar panel factory and a 10-megawatt electricity-generating plant powered by the sun.

The move by Solar Power Inc. is particularly significant because it will bring up to 100 factory jobs to the local area.

Sacramento's green-tech drive is being aided by the federal government. Besides the tax-exempt financing committed to the Roseville company, the stimulus package includes about $29 million in various energy-related projects for the region. [3/10/10]

Burlington Free Press (Vermont) - Stimulus road work totals $85 million in Vermont

Data released by the Washington, D.C.-based American Road and Transportation Builders Association indicates 32 Vermont highway construction projects are under way or were completed through financing through federal stimulus, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The organization said the projects involved about $85 million in funds and supported 2,366 jobs in Vermont. [3/11/10]

WNVS CBS-59 (West Virginia) - Federal Funds To Be Used To Improve Student Performance

Federal funds from the U.S. Department of Education will be awarded to West Virginia, in an effort to revitalize and improve performance of low-achieving schools throughout the state. Approximately $21.9 million will be divided among individual school districts, where schools are determined to have failed to meet annual academic goals.

The funds will be used to turn around West Virginia's persistently lowest achieving schools through the School Improvement Grants Program. The announcement about the funding came from Congressman Nick Rahall's office. The funding is being made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Congressman Rahall strongly supported. [3/11/10]

Decatur Daily (Tennessee) - Stimulus funds an investment in our future

some of the same folks who decried the federal stimulus program as wasteful and irresponsible…are now taking credit for bringing home the bacon, having their pictures taken with oversized checks so voters will link the money to their responsible governance.

Politics aside, local officials are taking advantage of the federal stimulus in a responsible way.

The Morgan County Commission this week divided more than $7.2 million between two local school construction projects that will provide jobs in the short term and continue to reap economic benefits for years.

Both projects will enhance the educational opportunities for young men and women in the area, paying dividends for decades.

Similar projects throughout the country will benefit millions of Americans. [3/11/10]

The Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania) - Delco gets $73M in stimulus cash

Delaware County is poised to spend almost $73 million stemming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, meant to stimulate local economies and assist thousands of people.

Here, more than 400,000 have received help through food assistance, health insurance, tax relief or unemployment compensation or benefits program funded through the stimulus.

Of the total money allocated for Delaware County, $19 million is slated for transportation infrastructure, $6.4 million is for energy and environment projects, $45.6 million is earmarked for education, $1.3 million will go toward job training and relief and $381,000 is for water, sewer and other infrastructure projects. [3/11/10]

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