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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

  • Congressional Republicans threaten to take us back to the failed policies that created the economic crisis -- siding with the special interests: Wall Street banks, credit card companies, Big Oil, and insurance companies.
  • These economic and fiscal policies created the Bush recession -- the worst financial crisis since the Great Depression , with job losses of nearly 800,000 a month -- and nearly doubled our national debt. 

New York Times - Obama Tells Ohio, ‘Our Economy Is Growing Again' [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Tim Ryan (OH-17)]

His visit on Tuesday was to V&M Star, which boasts of being North America's leading producer of seamless pipe for the oil and gas industry.

Owners of the factory, which has been adapted from a former steel works dating to the early 1900s, in an industrial corridor dotted with rusted and long-abandoned plants, recently announced plans to invest $650 million to expand by a million square feet.

According to the company and the White House, V&M's decision came about in part because the state is using $20 million from last year's $787 billion stimulus act to prepare the site for the plant's expansion and to rebuild a nearby rail yard so the company can move freight to the main rail line.

That construction work has created 35 jobs to date. Far more jobs will stem from the company's investment -- 400 for constructing a new mill and then 350 positions for workers there, doubling the workforce by the end of next year. [5/18/10]

Tampa Bay Business Journal (Florida) - Recovery Act-funded clinic opens in Tampa [MEMBER MENTIONED: Kathy Castor (FL-11)]

Tampa Family Health Centers has opened a clinic with funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The total budget for the center was roughly $6.7 million, with $2.9 million provided by the stimulus bill, said CFO Edward Kucher.

The center will create about 20 medical jobs immediately and as many as 60 jobs in the future, a release said.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is creating construction and health care jobs while providing access to quality, affordable health care, Rep. Kathy Castor, D-Tampa…[5/18/10] - Stimulus money to fund training for green jobs

A $4.8 million federal grant will help train Arkansas workers for green jobs, the state Department of Workforce Services says.

The grant, awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor and funded through the federal stimulus package, will fund the development of a program to train Arkansans in energy-efficient building, construction and retrofitting; renewable electric power; and energy-efficiency assessment.

The partnership plans to recruit 2,800 Arkansans for the first group of trainees. [5/18/10]

WRAL CBS-5 (North Carolina) - NC program gives jobless chance to find work

The N.C. Department of Commerce is using $13.4 million in federal economic stimulus grants to fund JobsNow. The N.C. Community College System has collaborated with job link and career centers to carry out the initiative, using the money to train dislocated workers in skills they can master in six months or less.

The federally funded program is scheduled to end in December. Nearly 12,000 people have enrolled statewide since August 2009.

Coupled with the specific occupational skills they learn, JobsNow candidates also beef up their basic reading and math skills and receive training that will help them get a job once they graduate, such as learning how to interview and write a resume. [5/19/10]

The Modesto Bee (California) - Sacramento mayor launches 'green initiative' [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Doris Matsui (CA-5)]

Sacramento Mayor Kevin Johnson has jumped into the region's effort to green its economy.

…the mayor announced that he was launching a 'green initiative' focused on making the city and region a national hub for green tech jobs and research.

According to the mayor, the region has received $225 million in federal stimulus money for energy efficiency programs, and it already has 100 clean-tech companies contributing $750 million in revenue to the local economy. [5/19/10]

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