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The Quincy Cove (Massachusetts) - Stimulus Funds Help Prepare Unemployed for Contemporary Trade Jobs

Governor Deval Patrick and Congressman Michael Capuano today announced that the Just-A-Start Corporation will receive $160,000 in stimulus funding to help connect youth to green jobs training at the organization's YouthBuild program.

This award is part of $1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding the Governor has directed to help prepare youth for jobs or apprenticeships in construction trades and related occupations.

“These stimulus funds will help get people back to work by establishing a training program in the construction trades, such as carpentry or weatherization work. People who have lost their jobs during this challenging economy can learn a new skill and then have access to employment after completing the training program,” said Congressman Michael Capuano. [3/1/10]

Glens Falls Post-Star (New York) - Stimulus funding to aid Warren County Head Start

Warren County Head Start will receive $876,948 in federal stimulus funding to establish an Early Head Start program for infants and toddlers, U.S. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., and U.S. Rep. Scott Murphy, D-Glens Falls, jointly announced Tuesday.

The funding will enable the program to hire 12 additional employees to assist up to 50 children, according to a press release. [3/2/10]

Danbury News Times (Connecticut) - Reed Putnam gets $6M bond

The long-anticipated Reed Putnam Urban Renewal Project in Norwalk is receiving a boost after the Connecticut Development Authority Board of Directors approved $6 million in Recovery Zone Economic Development bonding assistance.

Nearly $25 million in infrastructure improvements are planned for the site, where 600,000 square feet of office space, 125,000 square feet of retail, a 150-room hotel, about 300 residential units and 2,500 parking spaces are slated for construction. The project, on 12.6 acres, will include a rail underpass and an extension to Reed Street that will connect to North Water Street, allowing vehicular and pedestrian traffic to easily cross the MetroNorth rail line.

'By helping Norwalk make these important infrastructure upgrades we will redevelop the city's urban core and -- when the project is complete -- create up to 3,000 jobs,' Gov. M. Jodi Rell said in a statement. [3/2/10]

Seattle Post Intelligencer (Washington) - U. of Washington: $191.2 million in stimulus $$$

University of Washington has won 420 grants and collected $191.2 million in federal stimulus money under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The harvest of federal dollars has created or retained more than 1,000 jobs, according to the UW.

'The federal stimulus bill has been responsible for retaining or creating all types of jobs -- including those for scientists, technicians and support staff. Keeping them in Washington is vital to the future of our state's economy,' said UW President Mark Emmert. [3/2/10]

KTVQ CBS-2 (Montana) - Stimulus In Montana: 1,000+ public school professionals affected

Public education was on the receiving end of nearly 20% of the federal stimulus bill that was passed last year, and in Montana, that money is paying the salaries of more than 1,000 public school professionals, including 34 in Great Falls. [3/2/10]

Business Journal of Milwaukee (Wisconsin) - Talgo plant will create 125 jobs

Spanish train manufacturer Talgo Inc. is expected to create up to 125 jobs after converting the former Tower Automotive plant on Milwaukee's north side into a train set assembly factory.

In addition, locating the Talgo plant in Milwaukee will indirectly create another 450 jobs through vendors throughout the Midwest, Wisconsin Gov. Jim Doyle said in announcing the project Tuesday morning.

In January, Governor Doyle announced Wisconsin will receive $823 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds to build high-speed rail service to connect its centers of commerce.

'Through the Recovery Act and this facility, Wisconsin will see real economic benefits of high speed rail for generations to come,' Doyle said. 'High speed rail is the future of transportation - and it is a really great thing for the state of Wisconsin to be leading the way.” [3/2/10]

Idaho Reporter - Idaho receives $1.3 million in funding for training programs in Twin Falls

For the 275 workers laid off by Dell Computer when it decided to close a call center in downtown Twin Falls, help is on the way in the form of $1.3 million in training funding from the federal government.

The Idaho Department of Labor will initially receive $614,808 to begin programs aiding those affected by the closure.

The department may offer a wide variety of services for training, including career counseling, skill assessments, and basic and occupation skills training.

The money from the U.S. Department of Labor originates from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, otherwise known as the “stimulus bill,” signed into law by President Barack Obama more than a year ago. [3/1/10]

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