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Youngstown Business Journal (Ohio) - Stimulus Funds Jobs for 8K Ohio Workers

Transportation projects funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act put more than 8,000 construction workers on the job in June, the Ohio Department of Transportation reported Wednesday.

Last month, President Obama visited Ohio to mark the start of the 10,000th U.S. road project paid for by federal stimulus funds -- a $15 million roadway and sidewalk project near Nationwide Children's Hospital in Columbus.

Transportation infrastructure funds provided by the stimulus also are being used for improvements at the construction site of V&M Star's new $650 million mill in Youngstown.

Monthly reports from Ohio's contractors show that 8,335 workers were paid using stimulus funds last month, most of them working on highway, bridge and pedestrian/bicycle construction projects across the state.

Through these Recovery Act investments in transportation, we are putting more Ohioans to work and helping to ignite the state's economic engine,” said Jolene M. Molitoris, ODOT director… [7/29/10]

KSFY ABC-13 (South Dakota) - Stimulus funds are spread throughout the city

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Stephanie Herseth Sandlin (SD- At Large)]

Sioux Falls received millions of dollars through the stimulus fund and it's credited for numerous improvements and benefits for the city. That money has been spread throughout Sioux Falls. Some of it goes directly to help the residents.

South Dakota has received more than 990 million dollars thanks to the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009, mostly in grants.

[Finance Director Eugene] Rowenhorst says the stimulus funds are directly helping the city. They've bought new buses, expanded the capacity for the health department and hired more police officers.

'If we had not gotten the stimulus money, there's nine police officers that wouldn't have been hired,' said Rowenhorst.

Also thanks to the stimulus fund, the city has improved some roads and there's work being done on the water system and a future landfill. [7/29/10]

Marshfield Mail (Missouri) - Summer jobs still open for local youth

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Ike Skelton (MO-4)]

Yarnell is among what Marshfield Assistant City Administrator Deana Fishel calls “the cream of the crop,” hardworking youth who readily “roll up their sleeves” to tackle any job.

“We have the best kids in town,” Fishel said of the 47 teens and young adults the city hired this summer to trim weeds, umpire ball games, sell concessions or watch over swimmers.

As a federal stimulus project, American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funds pay participants' wages…

During the past two weeks, the [Missouri] career center has placed more than 200 youth in jobs throughout the region. [7/27/10]

KHOU CBS-11 (Texas) - New UTMB program hopes to help nationwide nurse shortage

Farah plans to finish her nursing degree with the help of a $4.7 million federal stimulus grant. She's one of many participating in the new UTMB placement program, which will pay for tuition, books and fees for 300 students over the next three years.

That job security in an uncertain economy is a big reason hospital officials are pushing the program. They cite national studies predicting a shortage of more than 250,000 nurses in the next 15 years. [7/28/10]

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