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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Last week, President Obama awarded $2.3 billion in Recovery Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for new clean-tech manufacturing jobs. The credits will fund 183 projects in 43 states, creating tens of thousands of high quality clean energy jobs and the domestic manufacturing of advanced clean energy technologies including solar, wind and efficiency and energy management technologies. [1/8/10]

Today, the Associated Press released an analysis of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act on the impact of the highway and transit investments.  These investments are creating and saving jobs here at home as planned; but the AP focused instead on local overall unemployment rates.  Click here to read a joint statement from Congressman James L. Oberstar, Chairman of the Committee on Transportation and Infrastructure, and Congressman Peter A. DeFazio, Chairman of the Subcommittee on Highways and Transit, taking exception to AP story. 

Standard-Times (Texas) - Obama announces $3.5 million in tax credits for Martifer-Hirschfeld plant in San Angelo

A San Angelo wind-energy equipment manufacturer has been awarded a nearly $3.5 million tax credit as part of the stimulus act, the White House announced Friday.

Martifer-Hirschfeld Energy Systems is developing a $40 million factory to produce steel towers for wind turbine generators on the Old Ballinger Highway east of San Angelo. The joint venture plans a second phase that would boost the number of jobs at the factory to 225 and the number of towers produced to 400 a year at full capacity.

“The tax credit goes a long way to helping us finance a very substantial investment here in Tom Green County, Texas, to produce wind towers for the growing wind industry and also allows us to participate in the building of green jobs,” Richard Phillips, president of Hirschfeld Industries, said. [1/8/10]

Summit Daily News (Colorado) - Colorado gets $3.6M for green-job training

Unemployed construction workers in Summit County and elsewhere in Colorado will have new opportunities to learn to build green.

Congressman Jared Polis, who represents Summit County, said clean-energy jobs have already proven to be a good job creator, and that's one of the reasons Colorado's unemployment rate is below the national average. Polis said the funds could help workers in Summit and Eagle counties who have been affected by the slowdown in construction.

Colorado's portion of the funds will pay for a program called “Green Careers for Colorado,” which will provide training and certification opportunities in electrical work, electrical and power-line installation and repair, wind and energy auditing, and solar photovoltaic installation. The trainings will allow workers to upgrade existing certifications in those areas, take part in apprenticeships, or obtain basic skills trainings.

Green Careers for Colorado proposes to train 1,913 workers in the state and place 80 percent of them into jobs.

“Our goal must be a clean-energy future that works for all Americans, so that we can pass on to future generations, not just a stronger economy, but also a cleaner, healthier and sustainable planet,” Solis said. [1/11/10]

The Times Bulletin (Ohio) - County to share in $4.8 million training grant

Van Wert County is among 44 counties that could benefit from the Ohio Green Renewable Opportunities for Workers GROWs) grant made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

The counties will share more than $4.8 million to be used to provide training for workers to work in the 'clean energy' industries.

'These funds will help prepare Ohio workers for the clean energy jobs of the 21st Century,' stated Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown. 'Ohio already has a skilled workforce and a rich manufacturing heritage. These funds will ensure that Ohio's workers and suppliers can be a part of our nation's clean energy economy. These funds are targeted for communities that have been hit hardest by job loss.'

According to Brown, this project will utilize 19 existing industry training centers to provide clean energy skills training to veterans and dislocated workers in the state. In all, 1,288 persons will receive training and will earn nationally recognized certificates as well as college credit through the University System of Ohio. [1/9/10]

KHGI ABC-13 (Nebraska) - Wind Project Creating 200 Jobs in Grand Island

…TPI Composites will receive a $5,135,241 tax credit to build a new manufacturing facility in Grand Island.

The plant will make wind turbine blades.  According to a press release from Sen. Ben Nelson, TPI will create more than 200 new jobs.

The money for the project comes from the Recovery Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits, part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, also known as the federal stimulus.

'This is great news that will help two pioneering businesses grow in our state,' said Senator Nelson.  'The stimulus bill is about creating jobs and today's announcement that over 200 new jobs are coming to Nebraska is welcome news in these tough economic times.  Together with the new biofuels facility, the wind turbine facility will bring good paying manufacturing jobs to the state and create a foundation for future growth in this expanding industry.' [1/8/10]

The Independent (Ohio) - Stark Head Start to be boosted by $2 million in federal funds

With nearly $2 million in federal funds heading its way, Stark County is poised to boost its Early Head Start Expansion Program and welcome an additional 22 jobs in the areas of teaching, health care and social service.

U.S. Rep. John Boccieri, D-Alliance, announced on Thursday that the Recovery funding would be directed to the Stark County Community Action Agency and would be used for health care and educational programs as part of the Early Head Start Expansion.

“Investing in Head Start programs is a down payment on the successful future of our young children and families,” Boccieri said in a written statement. “With these federal funds, the Stark County Community Action Agency will continue to provide critical educational and health-related services to our most important assets - our children.” [1/8/10]

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