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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Yesterday, the Department of Health and Human Services awarded more than $267 million in Recovery Act funds to 28 additional non-profit organizations to establish Health Information Technology Regional Extension Centers (RECs).  The funds will help grow the emerging health information technology industry and support tens of thousands of jobs ranging from nurses and pharmacy techs to IT technicians and trainers.

“Health care in our country is community-based. Today's awards represent our ongoing commitment to make sure that health providers have the necessary support within their communities to maximize the use of health IT to improve the care they provide to their patients,” said Secretary Sebelius. [4/6/10]

Orlando Sentinel (Florida) - UCF's medical school wins $7.6 million in federal stimulus money to help doctors set up electronic medical records 

About $7.6 million in federal stimulus money is going to UCF's new medical school so it can provide technical support to local doctors making the switch to electronic medical records.

The money is going to 28 non-profit organizations across the country who applied for grants to establish centers focused on the rapidly growing field of health information technology.

The goal of putting patient information in electronic format is to improve the quality and efficiency of health care. [3/6/10]

Baltimore Business Journal (Maryland) - Maryland wins $5.5M for electronic health records

A nonprofit focused on building an exchange for electronic health records in Maryland was awarded a $5.5 million federal grant Tuesday.

“The Chesapeake Regional Information System for our Patients -- CRISP -- will provide Marylanders with the best access to care and a coordinated system to provide doctors and providers with secure and efficient access to their patients' records,” Gov. Martin O'Malley and Lt. Gov. Anthony G. Brown said in a joint statement Tuesday. [3/6/10]

Chicago Tribune (Illinois) - Feds announce $410 million for O'Hare runways

The expansion of O'Hare International Airport got a $410 million boost today as federal officials announced money to help build three runways.

U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin noted the money is the largest lump sum given to a single airport in recent history. The funding is part of the federal stimulus act, and officials estimate the expansion project will create 13,000 jobs. [3/6/10]

Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) - State receives $9.5 million in clean energy awards

Gov. Jim Doyle announced Tuesday that 82 Wisconsin communities will receive $9.5 million in grant awards through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for retrofits and lighting projects.

The new projects are expected to create about 125 jobs in Wisconsin, according to the state Department of Commerce. [3/6/10]

The Valley News (California) - Nearly two-dozen projects to receive federal stimulus grants

Nearly two-dozen projects to enhance energy efficiency at Riverside County facilities will be funded with federal stimulus dollars, it was announced today.

The U.S. Department of Energy has approved $6.5 million in American Recovery & Reinvestment Act funds for the county to install renewable energy systems in a number of older buildings…

'The county projects saving some $400,000 per year in energy cost reductions, as well as helping the county meet state environmental regulations,' Freeman said. 'Some $1.2 million in savings to the county general fund are generated by the grant funding.' He said the stimulus funds are expected to create 71 full-time jobs locally. [4/5/10]

Fort Worth Star-Telegram (Texas) - Dallas-Fort Worth families avoiding homelessness with federal stimulus money

432 area households assisted through the Homelessness Prevention and Rapid Re-Housing Program. The stimulus dollars, aimed at preventing families from becoming or staying homeless, are being tracked by the Tarrant County Homeless Coalition.

The Texas Department of Housing and Community Affairs also had homeless prevention money it distributed to 57 entities and nonprofits across Texas.

…from September through February, 17,993 people statewide were assisted with homeless-prevention money from the state's department of housing. [4/5/10]

KFBB ABC-5 (Montana) - Early Head Start Makes its Debut in Great Falls Thanks to Stimulus Money

…in Great Falls, 19 grants, totaling nearly $15 million, have been awarded as part of that stimulus plan.

The Head Start Program has been a part of the Great Falls community for many years - serving the needs of young children and their low-income families.

But recently, as a result of government funding - Early Head Start opened its doors for the first time -extending its services to a new population.

Besides helping the children and their families, this new program has brought an additional 23 jobs to the community. [4/5/10]