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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

WOWK-TV (West Virginia) - Simonton Windows Recalling 400 Workers in WV, IL
A local window company says the worst of the recession is behind them and are recalling hundreds of employees to work.

Simonton Windows in Ritchie and Wood counties has offered employment back to all hourly employees laid off since late 2008.

Earlier this year, 402 full-time and seasonal employees were laid off. On Monday officials at Simonton announced that all have been asked back to work at the company's window and door manufacturing locations throughout West Virginia and Illinois. The company, an operating unit of Fortune Brands, is also looking to hire an additional 55 new employees…

'Business has picked up this summer, allowing us to return former employees back to work and offer new jobs to more people,' says Mark Savan, president of Simonton Windows.

'… we're also seeing first-hand that the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 is having a positive impact on window sales. This homeowner stimulus package is succeeding in motivating consumers to invest in energy-efficient replacement windows and doors to gain a tax credit…' [Read More]

Cleveland Plain Dealer Reporter (Ohio) - Stimulus funds getting to Ohio road, sewer and low-income housing projects
While stimulus money has been saving jobs, economists and others say it's finally starting to add jobs.

And while opponents of the bill continue to criticize the stimulus plan, large sums of money have arrived in Ohio and other states' coffers that are largely invisible to the average resident.

Ohio officials have started drawing down some of the $1.4 billion slated for 'fiscal stabilization.' Besides helping to balance the state's budget for the next two years, that money has kept state employees in their jobs.

…Other money, such as the $7 million that Cleveland schools are using to cut a budget deficit in half, isn't adding jobs but, in Cleveland's case, may be saving 50 teachers who would have been laid off without the stimulus money. [Read More]

Kennebec Journal (Maine) - Farmington to get federal grant for sewer work
Farmington will receive a $131,000 direct loan and a $370,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture to replace a 50-year old sewer main, according to U.S. Rep. Mike Michaud, D-2nd District.

'This type of funding is essential because Maine's water infrastructure is aging,' Michaud said in the release. 'Many communities must begin to increase investment in the repair and replacement of water infrastructure in order to protect public safety and maintain environmental standards.' [Read More]

Telegraph Herald (Iowa) - Community to receive $99,999 in federal assistance
U.S. Rep. Ron Kind, D-Wis., recently announced that the village of Gays Mills will receive $99,999 in funding through the U.S. Department of Agriculture from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.

'This grant will help the community of Gays Mills facilitate the long-term planning necessary to rebuild the village and create jobs in the future,' Kind said in a press release. 'I am pleased to see Gays Mills getting the help it needs to recover from last year's flooding and to see Recovery Act funds investing in the future of western Wisconsin.' [Read More]

Staten Island Ferries will undergo maintenance repairs with $46.7 million the city received for transit projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Mayor Bloomberg announced yesterday.

The remainder of the money will fund other rehabilitation and maintenance work, said Bloomberg, who estimated the projects would create or retain 1,600 jobs. [Read More]

Philadelphia Business Journal (Pennsylvania) - PHA sees job creation from stimulus projects
By the time the Philadelphia Housing Authority completes the six projects it has targeted with $91 million in federal stimulus money, some 2,300 jobs are projected to have been created, directly and indirectly.

With PHA now going after another $75.9 million in competitive grant funding available under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act the economic impact could spread even wider. [Read More]

The Arizona Republic - Arizona universities to get $154 million in stimulus cash
Arizona State, the University of Arizona and Northern Arizona University… laid off employees during the past school year, eliminated academic programs with low enrollments and boosted some class sizes.

NAU President John Haeger… estimates NAU's $23 million share of federal money will save more than 300 jobs and will limit employee furlough days to no more than three.

An estimate on how many jobs are being saved at ASU was unavailable on Monday, while the UA estimated that 'hundreds of full-time positions' are being preserved by the stimulus… [Read More]

Santa Cruz Sentinel (California) - Federal stimulus package opens up doors for low-income youth with the Summer Youth Employment Program
The Santa Cruz County Office of Education was given a $1.3 million federal stimulus package from the American Recovery Reinvestment Act on April 1 to create employment for low-income youth.

Program organizers are trying to reach 300 youth for employment. The program currently serves 170 youths while the paperwork for 101 more are pending. [Read More]

KJCT-TV (Colorado) - About 1,000 Colo. jobs credited to stimulus so far
Colorado officials say fewer than 1,000 jobs have been created through the stimulus funding that the federal government estimates will ultimately create or save 59,000 state jobs by the end of 2010.

Gov. Bill Ritter's economic recovery team says about $1 billion in stimulus money has been spent in Colorado so far and another $3.5 billion is still expected. [Read More]

Portland Business Journal (Oregon) - OHSU to receive $1.3M stimulus funds
Funds will be used to create jobs and build expertise in health information technology, said Dr. William Hersh, professor and chairman of [Oregon Health & Science University's] Department of Medical Informatics & Clinical Epidemiology, part of its school of medicine.

Specifically, 13 student internships have been funded, which allow students from a number of colleges and universities to work through the summer on projects led by OHSU faculty.

In addition, stimulus dollars will pay for curriculum development for an associates degree that OHSU officials hope to introduce at Portland Community College and eventually offer at all Oregon community colleges. [Read More]

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