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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Charlotte Observer (North Carolina) - Wendell's Mortex keeps 600 textile jobs

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Brad Miller (NC-13)]

More than 600 people in Nash, Johnston and eastern Wake counties still have jobs because of provisions in a federal stimulus package that loosened underwriting rules for loans to companies in rural areas.

Mortex owner Ed Morrell met with U.S. Rep. Brad Miller last week to explain how the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Rural Development office helped work out the details for a loan that kept his company afloat.

The Mortex deal has become a poster child for the USDA, which touts the arrangement as an example of how the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has not only created jobs, but saved others.

Miller made that point to Mortex employees during his visit.

'If you hear of people who say the stimulus package never saved a job, you can look at them and tell them it saved yours,' Miller said. [9/14/10]

INFORUM (North Dakota) - $9 million in stimulus funding to improve broadband in region

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Earl Pomeroy (ND-At Large)]

The Red River Rural Telephone Association Inc. has been awarded more than $9 million in federal stimulus funding to improve broadband access in the region.

About 2,600 people and 228 businesses stand to benefit, and the company estimates the project will create 110 jobs up front, the statement said.

“By investing in broadband infrastructure, we are able to build a strong foundation for economic growth making it more attractive to live and work in North Dakota,” USDA Rural Development State Director Jasper Schneider said. [9/13/10]

North Country Public Radio (New York) - St Regis Mohawks get $10.5 million in federal stimulus funds

U.S. agriculture secretary Tom Vilsack announced today the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act would be used to connect the northern New York reservation to the Internet via high-speed broadband.

According to the U.S. government's website--recovery.gov--the federal money will be used by the St Regis Mohawks to link approximately 68 miles of fiber network to other broadband networks funded by the Recovery Act.

In other numbers from the web site: Nearly 4,000 people, 200 businesses and 42 community institutions will benefit from this new, high-speed Internet connection.

It's also estimated that more than 784 jobs will be created. [9/13/10]

Anchorage Daily News (Alaska) - State gets $10 million for Internet upgrades

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Don Young (AK-At Large): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

The Obama administration awarded roughly $10 million on Tuesday to boost Internet access in Alaska libraries and improve Internet literacy and usage in the state's rural communities.

The two grants are a small part of federal stimulus legislation targeted to improve Internet access in parts of the United States where it remains poor.

U.S. Sen. Mark Begich, D-Alaska, estimated that the UAF funding will create nearly 90 jobs and help 88,000 rural Alaskans improve their access to technical training and to information they can only obtain in their communities by going online. [9/14/10]

Boston Globe (Massachusetts) - Community clinics widen reach

Whittier has added nearly 3,000 patients with such features and soon will add more.

Tomorrow, the health center will break ground for a $35 million facility that will accommodate two-thirds more patients than its current cramped quarters.

Whittier is one of eight Massachusetts health centers sharing $80 million in federal stimulus money to erect buildings and upgrade technology. Jobs for 450 construction workers will be created and when completed, the expanded clinic, near the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center and Boston Police headquarters on Tremont Street, will hire about 50 new medical workers. [9/13/10]

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