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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Sacramento Bee (California) - Rancho Cordova energy company awarded stimulus funds

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Doris Matsui (CA-5)]

The U.S. Department of Energy today awarded $30 million in federal stimulus funds to Clean Energy Systems of Rancho Cordova.

The award will help create 150 new jobs at the local clean tech company, according to a news release from Congresswoman Doris Matsui, who helped the company obtain the funding.

Clean Energy will use the award to develop industrial-scale, zero-emissions engines and turbines that use a broad range of fuels like natural gas and biofuels.

Since 2009, the Sacramento area has received about $280 million in federal stimulus money for clean energy and energy efficiency projects, Matsui said. [9/8/10]

Crossville Chronicle (Tennessee) - Recovery Act funds water service improvements for south Cumberland County

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Lincoln Davis (TN-4)]

Residents and businesses in south Cumberland County have been losing more than a million gallons of water every month to recurring leaks in parts of the system that date all the way back to the early 1970s.

According to local officials, the utility is now poised to make the needed improvements thanks to a 'once-in-a-lifetime federal investment made possible through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.'

On Thursday, USDA Rural Development State Director Bobby Goode joined South Cumberland Utility District (SCUD) Chairman Jay Brown, General Manager Sandy Brewer, Supervisor Jack Davis and other local leaders to announce Recovery Act funding for projects that will replace leaky residential junction assemblies for about 700 households and install more cost effective remote-read water meters for more than 3,800 customers.

'This funding, delivered through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, is another positive, long-needed investment in our rural communities,' said Rep. Lincoln Davis. 'I applaud Rural Development and officials in Cumberland County for partnering together to bring water to many families in a more efficient and cost effective manner.' [8/9/10]

The Muskegon Chronicle (Michigan) - Editorial: Right on target

Stimulus funds already making a difference in Muskegon.

For Michigan, $7.6 billion was allotted and almost $3.1 billion has been received since February 2009 creating 17,743 jobs, according to, a website that tracks the money.

Muskegon received the stimulus grant from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration for the restoration of the southern shore of Muskegon Lake. The grant was designated to clean up 10 sites and create 125 jobs. The work was expected to “soften” 10,000 feet of shoreline and reclaim 27 acres of wetland.

The cleanup project also was expected to protect or develop jobs in this area through improved recreational opportunities for anglers and boaters, increased tourism along the lake because of improved access that will promote camping, cottage rentals and beach visitors, and increased property values.

So, say what you will about stimulus funds, they're working in Muskegon. The lake cleanup project will have immediate and long-term benefits that will be a factor in the community's economic future.

And that's what stimulus funds should do. [9/8/10]

Miami Today (Florida) - Miami-Dade County stimulus job total put at 3,259

While Miami-Dade's Office of Capital Improvements estimated the $254 million the county has received in federal stimulus money resulted in 209 new jobs for county residents, a report from County Manager George Burgess that counts small payments to young people puts the number much higher.

...the county had received 25 major grant awards and more than $254.8 million in funding and support. As a result of these funds, 3,259 direct jobs, 8 indirect jobs and 38 contracted jobs were created in Miami-Dade.

The South Florida Regional Workforce Board received $7.3 million from the US Department of Labor to finance Workforce Investment Act Youth Programs. The money was used to expand services to low-income youths ages 14 to 21, set to increase to age 24. Services include employment, academic and vocational training. So far 3,019 people have been put to work

Without these part-time temporary jobs, the stimulus jobs total would be 240. [9/9/10] (North Florida) - $59 Million Broadband Plans For South Alabama Counties

A federal grant will help improve high speed Internet availability in Escambia and seven other south Alabama counties.

A $59 million grant was awarded to Trillion Communications Corp. of Bessemer, Ala. on behalf of the South Century Alabama Broadband Commission. With nearly $27 million in matching contributions, Trillion will offer affordable middle-mile broadband service in Escambia, Macon, Lowndes, Dallas, Wilcox, Butler, Crenshaw and Conecuh counties.

The project plans to directly connect as many as 400 community institutions to broadband. As many as 172,800 people and 3,000 businesses stand to benefit, according to the company's application. The company estimates the project will create more than 550 jobs.

The grant was one of five grants totaling $111 million in Alabama, part of $7 billion in federal stimulus dollars… [9/8/10]

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