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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Finance and Commerce (Minnesota) - Low-income workers receive job training through RENEW

Both women were tossed the same lifesaver: an offer by St. Paul nonprofit

WomenVenture to participate in a federally funded green jobs training program, Renewable Energy Network Empowering Workers.

RENEW, a $4 million project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, is paying to train 500 low-income Minneapolis and St. Paul residents for jobs in construction, deconstruction, manufacturing, building systems maintenance and renewable energy. The program is administered jointly by the city of Minneapolis Employment and Training Program and Ramsey County Workforce Solutions. [11/9/10]

Kane County Chronicle (Illinois) - On-Cor on tap for recovery bonds for Geneva move

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Bill Foster (IL-14)]

Kane County officials are getting ready to issue $10.25 million in recovery zone bonds to facilitate On-Cor Frozen Foods' relocation to Geneva.

Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 the county can issue up to $41 million in bonds to stimulate the economy through low-cost, tax-exempt financing.

Sherry DeMeulenaere, treasurer for a limited liability corporation that owns most of On-Cor, said the bonds will pay for equipment used to process frozen foods.

“Millard will be building out its facility 55,000 square feet of production space and we will lease it from them,” DeMeulenaere said. “We have an existing workforce in Chicago and jobs will depend on how many will come out to Geneva. We have 85 jobs downtown and we expect to create another 46.” [11/9/10]

Burlington Free Press (Vermont) - Vermont rail improvements begin

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Peter Welch (VT-At Large)]

Construction crews started working on the railroad Tuesday, thanks to $50 million in federal stimulus money to improve tracks between St. Albans and Vernon.

The construction, expected to take about two years, would improve rail speeds along the path the Amtrak Vermonter takes through the state.

Rep. Peter Welch, D-Vt., also said the project is forward-looking and a first step toward establishing and expanding high-speed rail service in the Northeast. “This is the kind of thing we should do,” he said. [11/10/10]

The Daily Press (Michigan) - Stimulus cash helped local economy

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, sometimes called stimulus money, supplemented state and local government shortfalls…

ARRA brought 28 Michigan state troopers back to work this year. ARRA support education in Delta County by providing $2 million to Escanaba Schools, a little over $1 million to Gladstone, over $200,000 to Rapid River and about $500,000 Bark River.

Local companies were awarded contracts, for example recovery.gov shows Basic Marine with a $1.4 million contract as part of the ARRA.

ARRA helped charitable organizations such as the Salvation Army, the Alliance Against Violence and Abuse, Community Action, and the Escanaba Housing Commission. [11/9/10]

The Salt Lake Tribune (Utah) - 73 Utah schools to get solar panels

Thanks to a $3 million federal stimulus grant given to the Utah Energy Program, solar panels will be installed in every school district in the state, at 73 Utah schools in all.

Officials at Johnson Controls, which is designing and installing the panels as part of the program, estimate that, all together, the panels will remove more than 8,000 tons of carbon dioxide from the atmosphere over 20 years, a figure equivalent to the carbon offset that would be generated by planting 11,000 trees and letting them grow for 10 years. [11/8/10]

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