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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

On Wednesday, the Department of Veterans Affairs announced $150 million from the Recovery Act to hire and train approximately 2,300 Americans at VA benefits offices where Veterans' claims are processed. The additional staffing will reduce the time it takes VA to process claims, meaning Veterans will receive benefits more quickly than they would otherwise.

“Our hiring has put about 2,300 people in jobs at these important local offices where staffs are working hard to process claims for eligible Veterans and their family members,” said Secretary of Veterans Affairs Eric K. Shinseki. [4/14/10]

WGRZ NBC-2 (New York) - Higgins Says Stimulus is Bringing Jobs to Buffalo

Congressman Brian Higgins announced that the funds provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will allow for the hiring of 85 new employees to Buffalo's division of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs.

'These Recovery Act funds accomplish two great things for Western New York: putting members of our community back to work and providing greater resources and support teams for our local heroes', said Congressman Higgins.  'I applaud the VA for their work improving the well-being of those who have sacrificed to keep our country safe.' [4/15/10]

MSN - Louisville VA to hire workers with stimulus money

The Louisville Regional Department of Veterans Affairs will receive stimulus funding to hire 25 new workers.

The Louisville VA will hire employees to help with claims processing…

“This Recovery Act funding emphasizes two of the most important goals in our community -- creating jobs and ensuring our 71,000 veterans get the best services and benefits possible,” [Congressman John] Yarmuth said in the release. “As our economy begins to recover, this investment will speed up the processing of veterans' benefits claims while directly putting people to work in Louisville.” [4/15/10]

Associated Press - In anti-stimulus SC, money is making a difference

Most people in South Carolina didn't vote for Barack Obama and didn't want any part of his stimulus money, but it appears to be helping one hard-hit area fight through the recession.

About $1.6 billion of the package was used to create 3,100 temporary jobs in a poor, rural area near the Georgia line.

The president of the chamber of commerce in the solidly Republican city of Aiken says he's convinced that money has helped keep the area's economy from crumbling.

Republican Gov. Mark Sanford and others in the red state have railed against the stimulus and said the package would ultimately leave the economy in worse shape. However, the jobs seem to have staved off even higher unemployment in counties where jobless rates hover around 20 percent. [4/16/10]

The Community Common (Ohio) - County Awarded $30 Million In Project Funding

…Scioto County will be receiving $30 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus) funding. One million of the funding will be used for five road paving projects, and $29 million will be used for a Minford sewer project.

Sixth District Congressman Charlie Wilson was on hand during the announcement. 'There is a lot of good things to be said about these projects and we have done them in different locations along the river. I'm glad to see we are putting people to work and making our highways better,' Wilson said. 'In addition to the $30 million we are announcing today of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has already invested some $29 million in Scioto County.' [4/16/10]

WPBN NBC-7&4 (Michigan) - Funding Creates New Jobs For Northern Michigan

Two Northern Michigan communities are getting some federal help to finance several projects that are expected to bring new jobs to the area.

U.S. Congressman Bart Stupak, (D-Menominee) announced the city of Onaway and Bergland Township in Ontonagon County received grants and a loan totaling more than $1.35 million dollars to upgrade community facilities.

The projects are expected to create 22 jobs in northern Michigan.  The funding was provided by the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development's Community Facilities Program as part of the stimulus, or the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“By creating jobs to improve local roads and build a center for members of the community to gather, this stimulus funding is an investment in infrastructure that is critical to the economic future of these communities,” Stupak said.

Indianapolis Star - Indy, state offer jobs to teens, young adults

Indianapolis today will join the state in offering job opportunities for teenagers and young adults -- many who are struggling to find work in a tough economy.

Mayor Greg Ballard today was to join representatives of the Indianapolis Private Industry Council and the city's enterprise development program to give details of Youth Works 2010 at a press conference.

That program last year employed 2,000 young adults in jobs with the Department of Natural Resources, but will expand this year to include employment with the Department of Transportation.

The 2009 program, using federal stimulus funds, helped to renovate 380 buildings, create 30 miles of trails, rehabilitate 500 miles of trails and restored 4,700 acres of natural habitat, according to a statement from state spokeswoman Jane Jankowski. [4/16/10]

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