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Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (New York) - Federal stimulus funds helped 4,000 people, ABC says

Action for a Better Community released the results from receiving more than $10 million in federal stimulus funding for programs in Monroe and Ontario counties designed to aid low-income residents.

As a result of the stimulus funding, ABC has been able to provide new opportunities for low-income individuals to acquire new skills and experiences, which have led to permanent job placements,” said ABC President and Chief Executive Officer James Norman.

The money was used in programs that provided services to low-income residents as well as employed them. More than 4,000 people received services, which included job training in computer repair and home weatherization, summer job internships and job placements. [11/8/10]

WFAA ABC-8 (Texas) - $16 million in stimulus money creates 158 jobs in Dallas

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Eddie Bernice Johnson (TX-30), R-Sam Johnson (TX-3): Voted NO on Recovery Act, R-Ralph Hall (TX-4): Voted NO on Recovery Act, R-Jeb Hensarling (TX-5): Voted NO on Recovery Act, R-Kenny Marchant (TX-24): Voted NO on Recovery Act, and R-Pete Sessions (TX-32): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

An audit released by the City of Dallas on Monday reveals that the first $16 million in stimulus money spent since April 2009 has created 158 local jobs.

The audit shows that Dallas has received $59 million so far, but has only spent 27 percent of that amount, about $16 million.

The federal cash has already put 50 new police officers on the streets.

The stimulus has weatherized 257 homes and helped prevent homelessness, among other things. [11/8/10]

Dayton Daily News (Ohio) - Stimulus money tops $1 billion in Ohio even without rail funds

…the state will have still received more than $1 billion for transportation projects through the federal stimulus, helping to pay for improvements to roads, bridges, transit and airports.

A September report to Congress by the U.S. Government Accountability Office said Ohio was able to fund an additional 89 projects with the money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The Ohio Department of Transportation claims increased competition drove down prices as much as 10 percent, paving the way for the state to bump some projects up on the priority list.

Ohio also received stimulus funds for transit (about $190 million), plus funds for airports (about $24 million) and the passenger rail system ($400 million).

Including the rail, the total transportation stimulus package comes to more than $1.5 billion.

This is the largest investment in the Ohio transportation system in the state's history, thanks to the stimulus,” [Scott] Varner [ODOT's Deputy Director] said. [11/8/10]

Georgia Public Broadcasting - Ga. Tech Gets Race To The Top Grant

Georgia Tech says it will receive $7.5 million from the U.S. Department of Education's Race to the Top program to expand science, technology, engineering and mathematics programs through its outreach center.

The money is part of the original $400 million dollar Race to the Top grant the state won earlier this year.

Georgia Tech officials say the program will introduce new courses for students and the school also will continue to expand the Georgia Intern-Fellowships for Teachers program that places high school teachers as partners in summer internships in industry and university research.

The Race to the Top fund is a $4 billion dollar federal grant provided through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009. Georgia is among nine other states and the District of Columbia to win the federal money in a competitive application process. [11/8/10]

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