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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Spokesman Review (Washington) - Federal grant bringing Wi-Fi to rural areas

A $20.4 million grant announced by the federal government will make available fast wireless broadband to more than 68,000 residents in rural Stevens, Spokane and Ferry counties - areas underserved by Internet service providers.

It could generate more than 230 jobs initially and lay the groundwork for future business growth, a state press release noted.

Broadband grants, part of the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, are awarded to help residents and businesses gain access to broadband information. [9/14/10]

WEYI NBC-25 (Michigan) - 125 new automotive jobs coming to Bay County

About 125 automotive jobs are on the way to industry supplier Renosol Corporation in Bay County's Portsmouth Township.  The positions are made possible in part, thanks to $3.1 million dollars from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (also known as the stimulus package), and will help with the company's expansion efforts. [9/14/10]

WSLS NBC-10 (Virginia) - Luna to get stimulus money for fiber optic sensors

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Tom Perriello (VA-5)]

Luna Innovations will receive money from the economic stimulus act to help with its clean energy technology.

5th District Congressman Tom Perriello (D) says Luna will get $2.9 million to commercialize fiber optic thermal sensors. They're being developed at Luna's Blacksburg plant. The company also has facilities in Danville and Charlottesville.

'Small businesses are engines of job creation and innovation, and we need their ingenuity and entrepreneurial spirit to drive a clean energy economy,' said Secretary of Energy Steven Chu  in a news release. 'By helping America's small businesses bring these innovative technologies to market, we will spur economic growth and help reduce the country's energy use.' [9/15/10]

Cape Cod Today (Massachusetts) - Stimulus dollars at work right here on Cape Cod

[MEMBER MENTIONED: William Delahunt (MA-10)]

Contrary to some critics, stimulus money, lots of it, is reaching Cape Cod.

Through June 2010, stimulus contracts, grants and loans totaling more than $324 million had been awarded under the American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 in Barnstable County.

…support for education on the Cape went to Cape Cod Community College, Massachusetts Maritime Academy and the Upper Cape Cod Regional Vocational Technical School.

The homeless and other low-income Cape Codders are already benefiting from grants from the U.S. Department of Housing & Urban Development. About $1.6 million was allocated to the Duffy Health Center in Hyannis and the Community Action Committee of the Cape and Islands.

Construction work in Barnstable County has been awarded $14.3 million in stimulus grants…

More than $19.7 million in loans, from $370,000 to $1.8 million, has been made to 22 small  businesses… [9/16/10]

Austin American Statesman (Texas) - Austin nanotechnology company lands $1.6 million federal grant

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Lloyd Doggett (TX-25)]

Applied Nanotech Inc., an Austin-based nanotechnology company, received a $1.6 million federal clean technology grant Wednesday to help build a local manufacturing facility.

Applied Nanotech was one of 33 companies across the nation to receive grants, which are administered by the federal Department of Energy as part of the Small Business Phase III Xlerator program. The program is funded in part by the $787 billion federal stimulus bill that Congress passed in February 2009.

Applied Nanotech will use the grant to create a facility to make and develop metallic inks to be used in the manufacturing of silicon solar cells, according to a news release from the office of U.S. Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, who announced the award. [9/15/10]

McCook Daily Gazette (Nebraska) - Nelson: New report details $146 million recovery act investment in clean energy in Nebraska

Nebraska's Senator Ben Nelson welcomed an announcement today by the U.S. Department of Energy that it released a new report detailing the $146 million in clean energy funding Nebraska has received due to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. The report details total investment to date as well as the 38 energy-related Recovery Act projects across the state.

'This new report details how the Recovery Act is investing in Nebraska's renewable energy industry,' said Senator Nelson. 'Through a combination of grants and tax cuts the Recovery Act has helped two new wind turbine manufacturers in Nebraska, provided millions for local communities to invest in energy efficiency, and provided rebates so Nebraskans could invest in energy efficient appliances. The Recovery Act is creating jobs, providing tax relief to Nebraskans, and investing in our long-term growth to help our economy get back on track.' [9/15/10]

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