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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Yesterday, the Department of Labor announced availability of up to $90 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to create on-the-job training experiences. The money will be awarded to states that will work with state and local workforce investment boards, community-based organizations and employers in helping displaced workers acquire job skills and experiences that will improve their chances of securing permanent employment.

'The nation's economic recovery is taking hold, but there are still those who lack the basic skills and work experience needed to gain, maintain and advance within a job,' said Secretary of Labor Hilda L. Solis. 'States and their partners will use this funding to create on-the-job training experiences, which will improve the employment prospects of dislocated workers in areas that have been hard-hit by the recent economic downturn.' [4/12/10]

Puget Sound Business Journal (Washington) - Washington lands $30M to weatherize homes

Washington has qualified for an additional $30 million from the federal Recovery Act for low-income weatherization projects, Gov. Chris Gregoire announced Monday.

The money will help weatherize an estimated 7,000 homes statewide and also be used for worker training, technical assistance and program support.

“Washington state is using our recovery money as it's intended, and because of that - we've been recognized and awarded additional funding,” Gregoire in a statement. “In these tough economic times, this funding provides some added relief for families and will create green job opportunities as well.” [4/12/10]

Denton Record-Chronicle (Texas) - Denton gets $1.1 million in energy conservation grant

A $1.1 million federal grant awarded to Denton will pay for five energy conservation projects and a city worker to focus on energy savings.

The grant is part of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act passed by Congress last year to stimulate the economy. The City Council formally approved the funding allocation Tuesday.

The Denton projects are expected to save more than 9.6 million kilowatt-hours each year -- equal to removing 805 homes from the electric grid -- while cutting greenhouse gas emissions by 21,450 metric tons and creating 15 jobs [4/12/10]

North Country Now (New York) - $39.3 million in stimulus money to county benefits schools, roads

Public schools, highway construction projects, colleges, housing authorities and fire departments are among the biggest beneficiaries of the federal stimulus package in St. Lawrence County.

A total of $39.3 million in stimulus funds was sent to county institutions through the end of last year…

Of the stimulus funds awarded through 2009, St. Lawrence County's public school districts received the largest portion -- $12.1 million, or 31 percent…The funds helped many of the districts avoid major staffing and program cuts for 2009-10.

Another $11.1 million went to road and bridge construction projects. And $5.6 million is being earmarked construction projects at housing complexes in Canton, Massena and Ogdensburg and for weatherization of homes owned by low- and moderate-income residents.

Another $1.3 million is being spent on jobs programs for teenagers and young adults. [4/13/10]

Minnesota Daily - U receives $2.5 million for engineering programs

The University of Minnesota will receive a $2.5 million economic stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy for revitalizing electrical power engineering education programs and retraining employees from other energy industries.

The University will continue to lead more than 80 universities from around the country in re-energizing education and research programs. These programs are meant to prepare the next generation of utility and electrical manufacturing workers and will begin to focus on how to store wind and solar power.

DOE Secretary Steven Chu announced Thursday that a total of $99.3 million will be given to universities, community colleges and manufacturers to develop and implement training programs. The funding builds on the more than $4 billion in the Recovery Act for smart grid development and is estimated to train approximately 30,000 Americans. [4/12/10]

WAVE NBC-3 (Kentucky) - Stimulus money heading to Metro to help domestic violence victims

Stimulus money is still rolling into Kentucky and $1.6 million of it is going to help domestic violence and sexual assault victims across the state. Across the Commonwealth, 22 different programs will get money to help prosecution, buy new equipment, and even go towards a sexual assault nurse examiner program.

Gov. Steve Beshear and Rep. John Yarmuth (D-KY 3rd) announced $170,000 will go to a new pilot project in the Metro that will make it easier for victims to get protection by making it electronic.

'Just as we have made an investment in infrastructure, infrastructure is not just roads and street lights and bike paths and so forth, it's also our security network in this country,' said Yarmuth. [4/12/10]

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