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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Today, the Obama Administration announced a total of nearly $1 billion in Recovery Act awards to help health care providers advance the adoption and meaningful use of health information technology (IT) and train workers for the health care jobs of the future.   The awards will help make health IT available to over 100,000 hospitals and primary care physicians by 2014 and train thousands of people for careers in health care and information technology.  [2/12/10]

Reuters - Stimulus transport works garner 280k jobs-US panel

More than 12,000 stimulus transportation projects have been put out to bid since the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act was passed last year, the congressional committee tracking that funding said on Tuesday.

By the committee's count, the road and bridge work has created or saved 280,000 jobs, with a payroll of $1.4 billion, said committee Chairman James Oberstar, a Minnesota Democrat.

Maine leads all states, with 100 percent of its transportation allotment already invested in road and bridge projects that are underway or already completed, according to the committee.

California leads the states in infrastructure-related stimulus jobs. The state has saved or created 33,383 jobs, with more than half in public transportation. [2/9/10]

Washington Post - Stimulus funds helped public colleges avert disaster

Public colleges and universities had one of their leanest years on record in 2008-09 and only a $2.4 billion infusion of federal stimulus money staved off fiscal disaster, according to a report on higher education finance.

State and local governments contributed $6,928 per student to public higher education institutions nationwide in 2009. That's comparable to funding levels in recessions of the three previous decades, but not worse. Without onetime help from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, funding might have dropped off a cliff, finance officials said. [2/11/10]

ABC News - American Indian Tribes Get $1B in Stimulus Funds

Seventy-six American Indian tribes across the country will share $1 billion in economic stimulus money to help create jobs and revitalize Indian communities.

The money, announced Thursday, will allow tribes from California to Florida to issue low-interest bonds for projects such as health care centers, water plants and wind farms. [2/11/10]

The Winchester Star (Massachusetts) - Rep. Markey announces $2 million in Federal Recovery Act funding for Winchester's Wedgemere Station

U.S. Rep. Ed Markey, D-Massachusetts, recently announced the release of $2 million in federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the construction of two mini-high platforms at the Wedgemere Commuter Rail Station in the Town of Winchester.

In the short-term, the project will also create a number of good-paying jobs as a result of this new construction project.

“Not only will this project increase access to public transportation, it will also create good paying jobs that will provide a boost to the local economy, a real win-win for Winchester,” said Markey. [2/9/10]

San Jose Mercury News (California) - Federal stimulus funds jump-start state solar-financing program

What's likely to become the nation's largest solar loan program is in line for $16.5 million of stimulus funds, setting the stage for potentially hundreds of millions of dollars for small energy projects across California, including Santa Cruz County.

The grant, announced Thursday by the California Energy Commission, will fund the administration of a 14-county financing district where homeowners and businesses can pay for solar and other energy efficiency improvements through an assessment on their property taxes.

Administrators say the program will go a long way toward curbing greenhouse gas emissions and staving off global warming as well as generate as many as 2,000 jobs in the emerging green economy. [2/11/10]

Toledo Blade (Ohio) - 3 area plants receive federal energy funds

Three factories in northwest Ohio have been given federal money to improve energy efficiency, Gov. Ted Strickland announced Monday.

The money comes from the $96 million State Energy Program, a part of the 2009 federal stimulus package.

American Trim, in Lima, was awarded $994,000 for installation of a coating line that applies a protective film on steel substrates for the advanced energy, automotive, and appliance industries. The project will create 39 manufacturing jobs and an estimated energy saving of 16,800 million BTUs, the state said.

New Horizons Baking Co. in Norwalk was awarded $1 million to install new energy-efficient ovens that bake bread for fast-food restaurants. The project will increase energy efficiency at the facility by 25 percent and help the company retain the 161 jobs there. [2/9/10]

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