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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Michigan) - Millions of stimulus dollars flow into Bay, Genesee and Saginaw counties

…projects receiving the federal funding have indeed generated employment in schools, airport and road construction and other projects in Bay, Genesee and Saginaw counties.

For example, with the $8.7 million the Genesee County Community Action Resource Department received in stimulus money, it has hired about 30 full-time workers to complete weatherization projects for 1,277 Genesee County homes.

MBS International Airport Manager Jeff Nagel said 19 people were employed in construction jobs in the fourth quarter, paid for through stimulus dollars.

The state estimates 16,900 jobs were retained or created in the fourth quarter, paid for with the $6.3 billion in recovery money the state had been awarded through the end of last year. Most were retained jobs in education… [3/27/10]

Courier Journal (Kentucky/Indiana) - Indiana gets $61 million to help low-achieving schools

Federal education officials said Friday that Indiana will receive $61.3million in federal stimulus funding to help improve persistently low-achieving schools, including five elementary schools in Clark and Floyd counties.

“Our efforts to turn around low-achieving schools have already begun, and these dollars will provide some of the extra boost they need to make necessary changes at a rapid pace, ultimately benefiting Hoosier students,” Bennett said in a statement. [3/26/10]

Baltimore Sun (Maryland) - State to get $47 million to aid troubled schools

Maryland will receive $47 million in federal stimulus money to help persistently struggling schools, most of which are in Baltimore, the U.S. Department of Education announced Friday.

The funds, contingent on substantial restructuring at the schools that receive them, 'will go right where we need them most,' said Bill Reinhard, spokesman for the Maryland State Department of Education.

Baltimore expects to receive about $30 million over three years and plans to use it on eight schools… [3/27/10]

Alexandra Echo Press (Minnesota) - Rural communities get nearly $5 million for broadband development

U.S. Senator Amy Klobuchar announced Thursday $4.8 million to increase broadband access in rural communities across Minnesota.

The funds were awarded by the U.S. Department of Commerce as part of American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund the Minnesota Intelligent Rural Communities initiative.

The project anticipates training as many as 2,500 individuals in computer literacy, online education, and workforce development, and plans to distribute 1,000 affordable refurbished computers to low-income, rural Minnesota residents. [3/27/10]

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