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Tri-City Herald (Washington) - Report: Tri-Cities tops nation in job growth

Tri-City leaders boasted Tuesday that the community leads the nation for job growth during what has been described by some economists as a 'jobless recovery' from a lengthy recession. A March 2010 report from Atlanta-based consulting firm Garner Economics  ranked the Tri-Cities first in the nation for job growth in the second half of 2009.

Regional economist Dean Schau said the Tri-Cities added 2,300 jobs, for growth of about 2.5 percent, over the last year -- mostly due to stimulus funding.

[Statewide] the industries that saw the greatest job gains included retail trade, which added 3,000 jobs, educational and health services, up 2,800, and construction, which gained 2,700 jobs.

Geoff Tyree, spokesman for the Department of Energy's Richland Operations Office, said stimulus money saved 285 jobs and created the equivalent of 1,538 full-time jobs from April through January.

'The Recovery Act is helping us to get cleanup work done sooner, it's kept experienced people on the job, and it's allowed us to hire and train a new generation of environmental cleanup workers,' Tyree said. [3/3/10]

Las Vegas Review-Journal (Nevada) - $4.7 million will make local centers better click 

The federal government is sending nearly $4.7 million in economic stimulus money to Southern Nevada for computer training centers, U.S. Commerce Secretary Gary Locke said Tuesday.

The grant, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is being given to the Clark County Urban League to expand capacity at 14 existing computer centers and create 15 new centers, Locke said in a conference call from Washington, D.C.

The new computer centers in Las Vegas, located in low-income neighborhood community centers, will replace 100 outdated computer stations and add 90 stations. They will boost capacity from 1,600 users a week to 4,600 users, he said.

U.S. Rep. Shelley Berkley, D-Nev., praised the grant that will expand computer access for many Southern Nevada residents. They can search for employment and acquire new job skills, pay bills over the Internet or keep in touch with family and friends, she said. [3/3/10]

Sussex Countian (Delaware) - DelDOT uses nearly $122 million of stimulus funding for road projects

Delaware officials commended the Department of Transportation (DelDOT) today for putting nearly $122 million in Recovery Act funds to work.

'This is exactly what the Recovery Act was intended to do: fund vital projects and put people back to work,' said U.S. Senators Tom Carper and Ted Kaufman (D-Del.). 'From paving roads to installing sidewalks to mitigating congestion on I-95, the Recovery Act has created jobs in Delaware. DelDOT has picked a great range and variety of projects that will enhance our infrastructure and maintain motorist and pedestrian safety.'

DelDOT has completed 12 projects and seven are expected to start in the next four to eight weeks. As of today, 97 percent of the projects that have been bid were below the engineer's estimate - meaning that Delaware's projects' value outweighs the actual costs. DelDOT projects have created and-or retained more than 400 jobs as of Dec. 31, 2009. [3/3/10]

WAGT NBC-26 (Georgia) - Broadband expansion in Columbia County

Thousands of people in Columbia County will soon have access to the Internet. Columbia County received a $13.5 million grant from the federal stimulus to increase telecommunications.

This will create opportunities for economic growth and provide Internet access to the 60 percent that are currently out of range for Internet providers.

The funds will provide about 190 temporary jobs, mostly in construction. [3/3/10]

WCSC CBS-5 (South Carolina) - Stimulus funds to help Charleston breathe easier

Stimulus money is helping South Carolina breathe easier. Two of the state's largest diesel emission generators will get millions of dollars to reduce the dirty discharge.

It is the first of its kind hybrid bus to be rolled out in Charleston County. The State Ports Authority's old cargo handling equipment will be replaced with units burning 25 percent less fuel. There will be a new efficient engine installed in a dredging machine. Each of these projects are investments that can help clear the air of diesel emissions.

These projects will also create or save jobs, putting 37 people to work at the Ports Authority and 17 jobs updating the school busses. [3/2/10]

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