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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Cleveland Plain Dealer (Ohio) - Federal stimulus will help 2010 road construction season be Ohio's largest

This summer's highway construction season is the largest in Ohio history, thanks partly to federal stimulus money.

The Ohio Department of Transportation will be awarding $2 billion worth of contracts for 2010 projects, a 30 percent increase from any other year.

'When you add together the projects that are already under construction and those stimulus projects made possible by the [American Recovery and Reinvestment Act] , there will be more than $4 billion in active construction going on this summer,' Gov. Ted Strickland said in a news release to kick off the construction season.

Officials did not say how many jobs will be created this summer; however, they estimate that projects paid for with the $774 million that ODOT has been promised from the Recovery Act will support 21,257 jobs. [4/8/10]

WXIA NBC-11 (Georgia) - Now Hiring 20,000 Summer Jobs with Stimulus Dollars

The state will spend $200 million in federal stimulus dollars to employ 15,000 teens and 5,000 adults.

'We have a unique opportunity to put Georgians back to work, reinvigorate Georgia businesses and spark an economic recovery across our state,' Georgia Department of Human Services  Commissioner said in a statement. GDHS is managing the program. [4/7/10]

Central Valley Business Times (California) - Two Central Valley companies get stimulus loans 

More than $2 million in federal economic recovery loans are going to two companies in Merced County. The funding is expected to save 85 jobs and add 10 additional positions.

“Clearly our community has been hardest hit by the recession,” says Rep. Dennis Cardoza, D-Merced. “Few regions are in more need of this funding than the San Joaquin Valley. Every step we take to keep workers on the job and stabilize the economy is a step in the right direction.” [4/7/10]

The Cincinnati Enquirer (Ohio) - Stimulus to aid local VA hospital

The Cincinnati VA Medical Center is getting more than $6.9 million in federal stimulus money to expand its facilities for mental health, surgery recovery and other improvements, officials said Wednesday.

Secretary of Veterans Affairs K. Eric Shinseki, citing what he called the Cincinnati VA hospital's “long tradition of quality mental health programs,” toured the improvements with U.S. Sen. Sherrod Brown Wednesday.

The Recovery Act will pay for a $1.7 million expansion of the VA's Fort Mitchell, Ky. clinic, to treat traumatic brain injuries and post traumatic stress disorder. The seven-week residential program now has 22 beds and will expand to 32 - also adding private bathrooms and a wing specifically for women veterans suffering from PTSD.

The expansion is part of a larger effort to improve care for veterans returning from Iraq and Afghanistan with brain injuries and combat-related stress… [4/7/10]

Evansville Courier and Press (Indiana) - Vets shelter awaits Jacobsville cleanup

A vacant lot at the corner of West Michigan and Garfield streets will become the site for a $2.8 million housing project to serve homeless veterans.

ECHO Housing's homeless veterans facility will provide permanent supportive housing for 27 veterans, said Executive Director Stephanie Tenbarge.

The cleanup is being paid for with American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The money is part of a larger $600 million pot of the federal economic stimulus funding set aside to jump-start work on 52 Superfund sites across the country.

…the cleanup will create 20 temporary local jobs, as well as spin off employment related to landscaping and other areas. [4/7/10]

Bakersfield News (California) - California Center Awarded $15.6 Million In Stimulus Funds For Health Information Technology Regional Extension Center

In line with Governor Schwarzenegger's continued commitment to securing as much stimulus funding possible for California, Local Initiative Health Authority, a Los Angeles non-profit was awarded more than $15.6 million in Recovery Act funds.

“Training Californians for health care jobs and the efficient and secure exchange of private medical information are fundamental to the future of health care delivery in our state,” said Governor Schwarzenegger. “I applaud the grant to Local Initiative Health Authority. This grant will help California build a world class system, promote and expand the way information is shared, protect medical privacy and ultimately help reduce health care costs.” [4/8/10]