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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

North Carolina News Network - $130,000,000 In Federal Research Funds Coming To UNC

Scientific research at U-N-C Chapel Hill got a big boost from federal stimulus dollars.  UNC grants or awards are expected to total nearly $130 million over a three-year period. That money will go to boosting alternative energy projects and disease research.

Congressman David Price said the research projects have huge economic potential. 'This is not just any old research,' said Congressman Price. 'This is research that both present and future has a jobs impact and that's exactly how we ought to be focused right now.  That's what the country needs and it's the way federal funds ought to be targeted.' [2/3/10]

North Fork Vue (New York) - New Water Treatment Facility Breaks Ground Thanks To American Recovery Act Funding

Congressman Tim Bishop was joined by Greenport Mayor David Nyce, local and state officials and businesses leaders for the groundbreaking of the Village's new water treatment facility on Tuesday, Feb. 2.

The Village of Greenport received nearly $4 million in funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for a new water treatment facility. The project was among the first round of grants awarded through the New York State Environmental Facilities Corporation.

'Rebuilding our infrastructure, including clean water and wastewater treatment projects, will create jobs in the short term and enable sustainable economic growth in the long term,' Congressman Bishop, a member of the House Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, commented at the groundbreaking. 'I will continue working to increase funding for sewage and wastewater management because these are major concerns for residents throughout Suffolk County. Today we are seeing how Recovery Act funds are creating jobs, keeping down local property taxes and promoting economic growth in the Village of Greenport.' [2/3/10]

Journal Pilot (Illinois) - Bio-diesel plant receives $1 million in funding

LaHarpe-NRG, LLC, received just over $1 million in grants for a new soybean crush and bio-refinery facility.

U.S. Rep. Phil Hare was in LaHarpe on Monday at The Annex to announce a $1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Energy through the Department of Economic Commerce and Economic Opportunity.

The $1 million grant is for equipment and research at the refinery. It is funded through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus money.

The refinery will employ up to 30 people with an expected payroll of $1 million. Other industries may benefit from its presence in the area.

“With an unemployment rate of 11.1 percent, 30 jobs is a lot,” said Hare. “From my perspective, this is an investment of your money. This was easy to endorse.” [2/3/10]

Deseret News (Utah) - Green-jobs training grant to help about 2,000 people

'Green' jobs in Utah will get a big boost soon, courtesy of a $4.6 million grant from the federal Recovery Act that's expected to train about 2,000 Utahns for new careers in green fields.

The target trainees will be displaced workers, disadvantaged youths and veterans, and the program will be administered through the Utah Department of Workforce Services.[2/3/10]

New York Daily News - $4M federal grant gives boro big push on 'green jobs'

Borough President Ruben Diaz Jr. keeps saying the future of the Bronx is 'green.'

And to help it along, the borough is getting a $4 million federal stimulus grant to create a free job-training program that will prepare about 400 borough residents for 'green jobs.'

Program participants will get job training at several South Bronx sites that focus on energy efficiency and renewable energy industries, training in such areas as building green roofs, retrofitting buildings and planting trees.

'This is an opportunity to help businesses launch and grow and to help workers get good jobs that will help clean our environment,' said Rebecca Lurie, director of development at the Consortium for Worker Education. [2/2/10]

KMPH FOX-26 (California) - Stimulus Money Used For New Housing Community

Stimulus dollars are helping to fund a new low to moderate income community in Central Fresno.

The $37 million affordable housing community was partially funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act, and is expected to generate nearly 250 jobs, while housing 215 families.

In addition to the affordable rent, officials are also offering opportunities within the complex to help people get on their feet and succeed. 'The classrooms, computer room, and other amenities at Parc Grove Commons will help tenants expand their opportunities for self sufficiency and will be a wonderful resource for the community,' said Rollie Smith, Fresno Field Office Director for the US Department of Housing and Urban Development.' [2/3/10]

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