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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

On Wednesday, Vice President Joe Biden announced $452 million in Recovery Act funding for energy efficiency building retrofits in 25 communities across the country.  Under the Department of Energy's Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, communities, governments, private sector companies and non-profit organizations will work together on pioneering and innovative programs for concentrated and broad-based retrofits of neighborhoods and towns - and eventually entire states.  The program is expected to create about 30,000 jobs across the country during the next three years. [4/21/10] (New York) - Paterson, Israel And Bloomberg Announce Energy Efficiency Retrofit Stimulus Funding

Governor David A. Paterson, Congressman Steve Israel and Mayor Michael Bloomberg announced that New York has secured $40 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to make energy efficiency and renewable energy more accessible to thousands of New York homes and businesses through innovative financing models.

The award will fund Property Assessed Clean Energy (PACE) loan programs in participating municipalities and will also leverage the 'Green Jobs-Green New York' program, to facilitate installations of energy efficiency measures and renewable energy systems.

Congressman Steve Israel said: 'I've been on a mission to make New York a clean tech economy and this announcement is a major boost. Last November Governor Paterson and I worked to pass legislation to help New York compete for millions in federal funding for PACE loan programs… Most importantly, PACE loan programs will create new green careers in New York's growing clean technology industry…” [4/21/10]

Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Maine Lands $30 Million Grant for Energy Efficiency Retrofits

Maine's Earth Day celebrations got off to an early start today with the announcement by Vice President Joseph Biden that the state was one of the top five recipients of a $452 million federal stimulus grant to fund energy efficiency upgrades. Maine's $30 million dollar share will be used to establish a revolving loan fund to make buildings more energy efficient.

The $30 million grant will establish the Maine Home Performance Fund. Maine Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says the program will allow homeowners to borrow money for energy efficiency improvements and then roll those loan payments into their property taxes. [4/21/10]

The Longmont Times-Call (Colorado) - Part of $25M to help BoCo be more ‘green'

Boulder County will receive a portion of $25 million in federal stimulus money for a program for energy-efficiency improvements to residential and commercial buildings, Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday.

Boulder County commissioners, however, said in a statement that the grant “is expected to leverage an investment of $180 million in energy upgrades, reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 200,000 tons and generate or retain thousands of green jobs across the region.” [4/22/10]

WEYI NBC-25 (Michigan) - Stabenow, Levin announce nearly $30M for energy efficiency

U.S. Sens. Debbie Stabenow and Carl Levin, both D-Mich., announced [Thursday] that the state has been awarded $30 million for the Michigan Retrofit Ramp-Up Initiative (MRRI).  The funding comes from the Department of Energy's Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grants through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

“This funding will create jobs and save families and businesses in our state money, as it creates projects that will pave the way for a cleaner and healthier future for Michigan,” said Stabenow. “These projects will help improve the energy efficiency of homes and businesses all over the state.” [4/22/10]

The Daily Herald (Tennessee) - Centerstone to receive grant for job creation

A three-year, $5 million federal grant will help provide education, job training and support services to Maury County residents who want to work in the health care industry.

The grant, offered as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment act, will fund the creation of Centerstone's Career Resource Center.

As part of the program, some 420 people will receive funding to complete and receive a certificate or degree, while 290 people will be employed following their training. [4/22/10]

Billings Gazette (Montana) - Billings Clinic gets $2.2 million in stimulus funds

Billings Clinic announced Thursday that its Cancer Center has been granted $2.2 million in federal stimulus funding to support more than a dozen programs.

… hospital officials said the money will be used to increase the focus on 14 programs in clinical trials, health care disparities outreach, survivorship and palliative care, multidisciplinary care and electronic health records.

The money comes from $80 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act given to the National Cancer Institute, which is being distributed among the 16 members, including Billings Clinic, of the NCI Community Cancer Centers Program (NCCCP). It will also be used to add 14 new NCCCP sites. [4/22/10]

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