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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Yesterday, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced $100 million in Recovery Act funds for green jobs training programs. The funds will go to 25 projects around the country. The programs are geared toward helping workers find jobs in the growing energy-efficiency and renewable-energy industries.

'Today's announcement is part of the administration's long-term commitment to fostering both immediate economic revitalization and a clean energy future. It's an investment that will help American workers succeed while doing good,' said Secretary Solis. [1/6/10]

The Nashua Telegraph (Rhode Island) - RI to get $3.72 million to support green jobs

Rhode Island is receiving nearly $4 million in federal stimulus funds to promote clean energy jobs.

The state's congressional delegation announced Wednesday that the Providence Plan's Building Futures program will receive $3.7 million.

The money is intended to help train roughly 1,600 Rhode Islanders in energy-efficient construction and renewable-power industries. [1/6/10]

The Register-Guard (Oregon) - Oregon to get $5 million to train green workers

Oregon will receive $5 million to train workers for green jobs and Washington will receive $13.48 million as part of the federal stimulus package.

The Oregon Energy Partnership Grants will help pay for training for more than 1,600 Oregonians, according to Sens. Ron Wyden, D-Ore., and Jeff Merkley, D-Ore.

“The renewable energy industry will mean many new jobs in Oregon and this funding will help workers meet the needs of that industry,” Wyden said in a statement. [1/7/10]

Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) - Ohio getting nearly $24 million for clean-energy job training; Summit County to benefit

Ohio is getting nearly $24 million in federal stimulus funds to train workers for clean-energy jobs.

The announcement came today from U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis and Ohio's congressional delegation, including U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown and U.S. Reps. Betty Sutton, D-Copley Township, and Tim Ryan, D-Niles.

The program is designed to retrain 1,200 workers overall and also covers 17 other cities in Michigan, Missouri, Illinois, California, Texas and New Mexico.

The federal grants to Ohio are ''great news'' and should help America's struggling middle class, Sutton said. [1/6/10]

WBNG CBS-12 (New York) - Hinchey Secures Federal Money

Congressman Maurice Hinchey says if the nation is going to bounce back from this recession it will be need help from the federal government.

The Democrat announced 119 million dollars is allotted for the Southern Tier in this year's federal budget.

The money will create or save 325 jobs.

Funding was secured for programs like the Owego Riverwalk, The Boys and Girls Club of Binghamton and flood prevention. [1/6/10]

West Kentucky Star - Beshear: Stimulus Money Saves 4,200 Jobs

Governor Steve Beshear says federal stimulus funding has created or saved about 4,200 jobs in Kentucky.

Beshear made the comment in his annual State of the Commonwealth speech to Kentucky lawmakers and other political leaders in Frankfort on Wednesday.

He credited the federal stimulus money and state economic incentives for helping to keep Kentuckians employed.

He pointed to a number of business expansions across the state that have created varying numbers of jobs. He specifically pointed to the more than 800 new jobs coming to the General Electric plant in Louisville. [1/7/10]

Del Mar Times (California) - Officials announce $181M North County highway project

Officials from the California Department of Transportation and the Federal Highway Administration announced Tuesday the start of a $181 million freeway construction project in the North County.

Federal economic stimulus funds will cover $75.3 million of the construction costs. The rest of the money will come from state, federal and local transportation tax funds.

'These Recovery Act dollars are bringing much needed freeway improvements to North County motorists,' said Caltrans Director Randell Iwasaki. 'These dollars will also create or retain nearly 3,300 jobs during the course of the project.' [1/6/10]

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