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AnnArbor.com (Michigan) - University of Michigan's federal stimulus winnings --  $277 million and counting

[MEMBER MENTIONED: John Dingell (MI-15)]

The University of Michigan has received more than $277 million in funding from the federal economic stimulus package, according to information available on the university's website.

That means the university, which could still receive more stimulus funds, accounts for about 3.6 percent of the $7.7 billion in stimulus funds awarded so far to the entire state of Michigan.

The university celebrated that funding today in an event with U.S. Rep. John Dingell, D-Michigan, who issued a statement calling U-M 'one of the shining examples of the good work that has come as a result of' the stimulus package.

Dingell said U-M's stimulus projects had created 503 jobs

U-M's College of Engineering has received $49.95 million, the School of Public Health $36.9 million and the College of Literature, Science and the Arts $21.6 million. [9/9/10]

Sacramento Bee (California) - Stimulus funds build Early Head Start class

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Dennis Cardoza (CA-18)]

For the first time ever, Merced County received $2.5 million in one-time American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money to start new Early Head Start programs, a federally funded program that provides high quality child care for children aged infant to 3 in low-income families.

Today, 144 families receive home visits from Early Head Start child care workers, and 56 families take their children to one of three Head Start Centers in Merced, Delhi and South Dos Palos.

On Thursday, Rep. Dennis Cardoza toured the South Dos Palos Early Head Start Center, the first center created in Merced County.

'I'm pleased to see this program in Dos Palos,' Cardoza said. 'It's a community with a with a high need.' [9/10/10]

The Weekly Challenger (Florida) - Pinellas County Urban League Helps Create New Jobs

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Kathy Castor (FL-11)]

Recently Congresswoman Kathy Castor toured a “weatherized” St. Petersburg home recently to view energy-efficient improvements and jobs being spread throughout the community by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Due to its success over the past year, the Pinellas County Urban League won another $1.5 million to expand its weatherization initiative, create jobs and save local residents on electric bills.

The Pinellas County Urban League is creating new jobs through these energy-efficient home improvements and putting money back into the pocketbooks of residents at the same time,” Castor said at the home of Beatrice Williams in South St. Petersburg.

Through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the Pinellas County Urban League received about $2.5 million to weatherize homes. To date, the urban league has completed more than 240 homes, leading to the creation of about 30 jobs. That includes electricians, carpenters, heating-air conditioning workers, among others. [9/10/10]

Public News Service - Weatherization Training Booms in the Buckeye State

While many job sectors are suffering losses these days, other businesses are booming in the Buckeye State. Niki Morris, manager of the Ohio Weatherization Training Center, says in the past year, stimulus funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act helped them train more than 1,000 workers in cutting-edge techniques to reduce energy costs in homes and small businesses.

Increased demand for weatherization services is creating a need for workers, she explains.

Morris also points out that the center is training workers from all walks of life, including minorities and women.

Morris says they are using stimulus funds to expand and create an infrastructure to train weatherization workers in all four corners of the state. And with Ohio considered a leader in weatherization, Morris says it could mean business from other states. A total of $267 million in stimulus money was set aside for weatherization programs in Ohio. [9/9/10]

iBerkshires.com (Massachusetts) - Olver Says Stimulus Spending Put People to Work

[MEMBER MENTIONED: John Olver (MA-1)]

The Amherst Democrat [Rep. John W. Olver] defended the massive stimulus bill as a job-creation engine during one of the nation's worst economic crisis in 80 years.

Olver's chart, using information from the Internal Revenue Service, Recovery.gov  and the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, shows a 'dive down the line' from the first quarter of 2008 to the nadir of January 2009, when private-sector jobs dropped by 800,000.

Olver said the turnaround came after the passage of the $800 billion stimulus package, that included $300 billion in tax credits.

You see a diminution of the loss of jobs almost ending,' he continued. 'The last quarter of '09 was the last quarter of official recession. ... We are not in recession in that our gross national product is not continuing to decline; it's now beginning to up, but go up fairly slowly.' [9/9/10]

WVNS CBS-59 (West Virginia) -    Federal Stimulus Money Puts Yeager on Firm Ground

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R- Shelley Moore Capito (WV-2): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Yeager Airport is taking off in a big way -- thanks to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act.

Federal and local officials today celebrated the completion of several construction projects that have placed the airport in a strong position, despite a shaky economy.

Traffic is up at Yeager Airport and officials point to constant infrastructure improvements that includes nearly $5 million in federal stimulus money.

'It's kept more than 60 people working on the project here,' says Rick Atkinson, Yeager Airport Director. [9/10/10]

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