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The Daily Times (Maryland) - Kratovil tours stimulus sites

Democratic Rep. Frank Kratovil visited sites in Federalsburg and Stevensville on Tuesday that have received funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

First, Kratovil stopped at the Upper Shore Workforce Investment Board's mobile One Stop-Job Shop. The job center received about $1.1 million in stimulus funds, which it put toward helping out an increased number of job seekers located in Kent, Queen Anne's, Talbot, Caroline and Dorchester counties.

Next, Kratovil visited the Paul Reed Smith Guitar factory in Stevensville…The company received $28,960 in stimulus funds, which will allow it to retrain 108 employees with new skills and thus prevent the employees from losing their jobs or having their hours cut. [1/6/10]

Statesman Journal (Oregon) - Weatherization helps on heat bills, environment

…thanks to the$2.9 million included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for Marion and Polk counties, we will be able to weatherize more than 450 homes in low-income neighborhoods over the next three years.

That is 150 more homes each year than we would have been able to weatherize without the economic recovery money.

Overall, at least 4,500 homes in low-income neighborhoods in Oregon will be weatherized through March 2012 using the $38.5 million that was the state's portion of the$5 billion contained in the stimulus bill for the federal Weatherization Assistance Program.

It means more jobs. The state estimates 628 direct jobs will be created because of the weatherization funding -- 62 of them in Marion and Polk counties -- and the number grows to 1,099 when you add in other jobs created to support the program. [1/4/10]

WZVN ABC-7 (Florida) - Stimulus funds helping county go green

Lee County was awarded $3 million in stimulus money from the Department of Energy for the county to become more energy efficient.

A portion of the funds, $500,000 will go towards a bio-diesel plant to convert grease to fuel.

The money will also pay for solar panels, a bike path even automatic light switches at some county buildings. The green projects will save the county an estimated 1 million kilowatt hours of energy every day.

Going green also means creating 123 jobs. [1/5/10]

Knoxville News Sentinel (Tennessee) - Stimulus to add jobs in 'poorest' ET county

About $1.1 million in federal stimulus money will be used to create 100 temporary jobs in Hancock County, where an estimated 1,800 people have been looking for work, Gov. Phil Bredesen said Tuesday.

Fifty of the jobs will be maintenance worker positions with the Tennessee Department of Transportation. The other 50 positions will be either with private employers or perhaps with local government, said Hancock County Mayor Greg Marion.

'We are continuing to place emphasis on targeted jobs packages that create employment opportunities in some of our hardest-hit counties,' said Bredesen. 'Putting people back to work is one of the primary goals of the Recovery Act, and I'm pleased the state can bring this assistance to Hancock County residents impacted by this economic downturn.' [1/6/10]

KTAR 92.3 (Arizona) - Brewer commits to energy projects

Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer plans to spend $10 million of federal stimulus money on job training to lure renewable energy businesses to Arizona.

Brewer told a group of western business leaders, meeting in Phoenix Tuesday, that the money will be used to create jobs in solar and wind projects.

She said she is committed to making Arizona the 'solar capital of the world.'

'We have the perfect environment for it, the perfect climate for it,' she said. 'It would bring good jobs and that's very important.'  [1/5/10]

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