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Philadelphia Inquirer (Pennsylvania) - City targets stimulus money for safety, jobs
Mayor Nutter announced yesterday that the city would spend $13.5 million in federal stimulus money to fund public-safety programs and save 52 court positions eliminated in budget cuts.

The Police Department will get more than $4 million for equipment and training and the establishment of a real-time crime-analysis center.

Nearly $2.4 million will go for a green jobs-training program for ex-offenders and a partnership to teach at-risk youths to create and restore murals.

The two programs should create an estimated 280 jobs over the next several years, the mayor's office said.

This was the third time this month that the city has received federal stimulus money as part of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [Read More]

Daily News Miner (Alaska) - Fairbanks North Star Borough School Board accepts $15 million in federal funds

It was an exciting day at the school district headquarters Wednesday afternoon when school board members accepted about $15 million in federal stimulus funds for more than 30 projects.

More than a dozen new jobs will be created in the Fairbanks school district in the next three years through the funds -- including rehiring graduation coaches at the middle and high school levels, as well as support staff for special education.

According to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, the stimulus funds are meant to jump start school reform, while saving and creating jobs and stimulating the economy. [Read More]

Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - Stimulus funding benefits schools
An influx of federal dollars will free up the Springdale School District's budget, allowing it to follow through on projects that have been waiting to be funded for several years.

The School Board unanimously approved plans Tuesday to spend $13 million, channeled to the district through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act over the next two years.

The projects include $2 million media center expansions at Parson Hills and Westwood elementary schools and a $3 million expansion and renovation of Central Junior High School.[06/17/09]

Bangor Daily News (Maine) - Stimulus cash to pay rehab kitchens
The Bangor Housing Authority is preparing to put to use more than $1.3 million in federal stimulus funding for renovations to kitchens in a 442-apartment complex that the authority manages.

The best part, housing authority executive director Elsie Coffey said, is a provision that allows the work to be done solely by local employees.

The $1,339,035 grant comes from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development's share of funding under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

As required under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, all of the materials used for the renovations will be American-made. That, combined with creating local jobs, has Coffey excited. [Read More]

Monterey County Herald (California) - Federal stimulus money preserves 30 jobs at MST
A $7.6 million infusion of federal stimulus money likely saved the jobs of about 30 Monterey-Salinas Transit bus drivers, officials said Wednesday.

'The funds couldn't have come at a better time for MST,' said agency General Manager Carl Sedoryk. 'It's allowed us to adopt a balanced budget without service cuts, fare increases or job losses.'

Because at least 50 percent of the money has to be spent within six months of the bill's passage, the agency used about 75 percent of the money to pay off $5 million remaining on the purchase of 40 buses and six trolleys that already are on the road. [Read More]

Journal and Courier (Indiana) - County wastes no time with stimulus road funds
Tippecanoe County is earmarked to receive $57.3 million of the state's stimulus funding for roads.

Mark Andrews, the Lafayette area operations manager for Milestone Contractors,
said construction work is tough to find right now and the stimulus projects being bid are a welcome supplement in the market. Private sector jobs, such as subdivision work or other site development, have all but disappeared, Andrews said. [Read More]

My Fox Tampa Bay (Florida) - Moffitt Cancer Center gets $6 million

Moffitt Cancer Center is set to receive $6 million in economic stimulus funds to support cancer research through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Moffitt and Congresswoman Kathy Castor made the announcement today.

'With this money, researchers at Moffitt will have additional tools to continue their work in combating cancer,' Castor said in a news release.

The funds have been award to projects including research for lung cancer, bone marrow transplants and smoking cessation, along with general operating support. [Read More]

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