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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

WLS 890-AM (Illinois) - 26,000 Illinoisans put to work

Plattner's and Carter's jobs, along with 26,000 others throughout Illinois, were created through the Put Illinois to Work program and paid for with $200 million in federal funds from the $787 billion Recovery Act -- the Obama administration's federal stimulus package. Of the total employed statewide, 19,116 are working in Cook County and another 3,069 are in the five collar counties.

The program -- aimed at providing meaningful training and work experience -- attracted more than 4,200 employers statewide. The employers run the gamut, including churches, nonprofits, retailers, hotels, insurance companies, child-care programs, chambers of commerce, landscaping firms and auto repair shops. [9/7/10]

The Ironton Tribune (Ohio) - U.S. Rep visits on ‘Built in America' tour

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Charlie Wilson (OH- 6)]

Rep. Charlie Wilson, D-Ohio, visited South Point Friday afternoon.

As a part of Wilson's “Built in America” tour, the congressman visited Lawrence County's biggest industrial park, The Point, along with McGinnis Inc. and Engines Inc.

Wilson recently helped secure $3.6 million in federal stimulus funds for the industrial park. The funds will be used to help expand the railroad and to provide a better working environment at the industrial park, Wilson said. [9/5/10]

Alamogordo Daily News (New Mexico) - Stimulus funds at work

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Harry Teague (NM-2)]

Congressman Harry Teague took a tour Friday of a few local projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, including Cloudcroft's new solar array that powers the village's reverse osmosis water treatment plant.

Teague said he was in the area to check out local projects and find out what he can do to further support Otero County and Cloudcroft. He also visited the Mexican Canyon Trestle, which received some ARRA funds for its renovation. [9/4/10]

Mid-Hudson News (New York) - Monticello receives over $14 million federal grant, loan to rebuild sewer system

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)]

The USDA's Rural Development Agency has granted the Village of Monticello $6.4 million in federal stimulus grant funds and $7.9 million in low-interest loan money to rebuild its wastewater treatment facilities at a total cost of $14.4 million.

Congressman Maurice Hinchey, who came to Monticello Friday to announce the funding, was credited with lobbying the USDA to secure the money for a system that was deemed near failure.

“Similar to so many rural communities throughout this state, Monticello has faced a situation in which its vital infrastructure, roads, bridges, water and sewer plants, have aged and deteriorated, at the same time that its tax and economic base also decreased,” said Hinchey.

Between the new sewer facilities and the rebuilding of Broadway, Monticello will begin to see a rebirth, he said. [9/4/10]

The Daily Telegram (Michigan) - $2.75M in stimulus funds awarded to Adrian High School

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Mark Schauer (MI-7)]

Adrian High School has been awarded a total of $2.75 million over the course of three years for school improvement projects…

U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer, D-Battle Creek, said the grant is part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

This investment will help our students succeed not only in school, but as part of a qualified and educated Michigan workforce, which is especially important as we work to rebuild our state's economy,” [said Congressman Schauer]… [9/5/10]

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