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Atlanta Business Chronicle (Georgia) - Stimulus saved/created 91,000 Georgia jobs

The federal stimulus bill passed in early 2009 has created or saved 91,000 jobs in Georgia in the second quarter, a July report from the Council of Economic Advisers claims.

In the region, the stimulus has created or saved 42,000 jobs in Alabama, 60,000 in Tennessee and 167,000 in Florida. [7/19/10]

Los Angeles Times (California) - 400 participants already enrolled in new healthcare job training program

Hundreds of low-income and unemployed residents in Los Angeles County are receiving job training and placement at local hospitals, clinics and pharmacies in an ambitious effort that taps into the growing need for healthcare workers.

The Youth Policy Institute, a local nonprofit managing the program, opened its doors to applicants in March and has already enrolled about 400 trainees. There is room for 1,200 participants total.

The project is funded by $3.6 million in federal stimulus money and $2.4 million in state and local grants. The Youth Policy Institute is one of eight organizations in California and 55 nationwide to receive the federal funds designated for job training in healthcare and other high growth industries. [7/19/10]

Las Vegas Sun (Nevada) - Solar energy company to bring 278 jobs to NLV

North Las Vegas officials announced Monday that a new solar project will bring 278 jobs to the economically struggling city.

Amonix, a California-based solar power company, announced in May that it would build a manufacturing plant in Southern Nevada. The company has chosen North Las Vegas as its location for the expansion, city officials said in a statement.

The company is getting a $5.9 million tax credit from the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. [7/19/10]

Miami Herald (Florida) - $4.3 million in stimulus goes for Fla. tech grants

Workforce Florida, a public-private partnership, has distributed $4.3 million in federal stimulus grants for local technology training and digital literacy programs.

The agency announced Monday the awarding of grants to 19 of Florida's 24 regional workforce boards to create new programs or add to existing ones. The goal is to help Floridians get technology-related jobs.

Some of the money will be used to provide low-income families with refurbished computers, upgraded software and online access and for training that focuses on high school students, military veterans, seniors and other adults. [7/19/10]

Hawaii 24/7 - Stimulus funds aid low-income families with energy retrofits

Lt. Gov. James “Duke” Aiona, Jr. has announced three state departments are teaming up to use $3.4 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds to provide low-income Hawaii residents with energy efficiency retrofits.

The DHHL has entered into an agreement with the DLIR's Office of Community Services to work together to have contractors retrofit 400 homestead homes statewide over 18 months, grow and sustain jobs in the local clean energy industry, reduce household electric bills by 30 percent per year (or 5 barrels of oil per household), and deliver comprehensive data on energy usage and costs savings on all participants of the program. [7/20/10]

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