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Southern California Public Radio - Federal funding to create highway construction job-training in Southern California

The $2.7 million in economic-stimulus grants awarded to agencies in the state are part of the Federal Highway Administration's 'On the Job Training/Support Services'' program. The money will be used to fund pre-apprenticeships and training centers for women, minorities, veterans and otherwise disadvantaged people pursuing jobs in highway construction.

'These grants will help to create opportunities during these tough economic times,'' Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger said.  'We are providing crucial job training to people that will help lay the groundwork for jobs and drive California on the road to economic recovery.'' [3/29/10]

The News-Times (Connecticut) - Labor secretary kicks off Green-Up Bridgeport

U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis visited The WorkPlace Inc. on Monday for the kick-off of a $4 million federally funded job-training program.

Solis, standing in front of a mix of workers and applicants for Green-Up Bridgeport, a program that will train people to work with environmentally friendly and energy-efficient technologies, told them this initiative is what the federal stimulus funds were doing locally.

Green-Up Bridgeport will train participants in skills needed for a variety of careers, including installing insulation or evaluating the energy efficiency of buildings.

Green-Up Bridgeport has promised to train at least 379 workers in green careers and have 275 get jobs for at least 180 days after completing the program. [3/29/10]

Press & Sun Bulletin (New York) - Binghamton gets funding for solar panels at water plant

More than $320,000 in federal economic recovery funds is headed to Binghamton for a new solar energy system at the city's water filtration plant.

U.S. Rep. Maurice Hinchey, Mayor Matthew Ryan and Francis J. Murray, president and CEO of the New York State Energy Research and Development Authority, gathered Monday at the Broome Street facility to announce the allocation of the funds.

The city is expected to save up to $556,000 over the project's lifetime, while eliminating more than 20 tons of carbon dioxide each year. [3/29/10]

Rutland Herald (Vermont) - Vermont gets $5.8M for clean energy

Schools and municipalities around Vermont will get some help with making renewable energy and conserving energy, thanks to a new $5.8 million round of grants.

The money for the 147 grants announced Monday is coming from federal stimulus funds, and the awards were made by the state's Clean Energy Development Fund.

More than 100 towns and schools are getting money for energy efficiency measures such as insulating their buildings and upgrading to more efficient lighting. [3/30/10]

WVIR NBC-29 (Virginia) - Nelson County Awarded $1.8 Million

Nelson County is awarded $1.8 million in federal stimulus funding to expand its broadband internet access. It's going to take about two years to bring broadband to unserved and underserved parts of the county.

The project plans to provide more affordable broadband service for as many as 1500 households and 250 businesses. [3/30/10]