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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

KAAL ABC-6 (Minnesota) - Stimulus Success

Nearly $500 million in federal stimulus money funded more than 200 state road projects. That's according to a new study out today, by non-partisan think tank Minnesota 2020.

Minnesota 2020 released a study Wednesday showing despite criticism of the Obama administration, the federal stimulus package worked, creating 60,000 jobs in Minnesota. [11/10/10]

Atlanta Journal Constitution (Georgia) - Georgia ties 29,113 jobs to stimulus funds

Federal stimulus money funded 29,113 jobs in Georgia during the last quarter, mostly for teachers, college professors, police officers and other public positions, according to a state report released this week.

Between July 1 and Sept. 30, state agencies spent $979.3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds, bringing the total spent in Georgia to $4.6 billion. Georgia has been awarded $6.9 billion in federal stimulus funds so far.

The federal program is paying for a mix of tax breaks; entitlements; and contracts, grants and loans. Nationwide, the program funded 671,607 jobs during the last quarter, according to the federal website recovery.gov. [11/11/10]

The Commercial News (Illinois) - Krupp to receive federal money

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Timothy Johnson (IL-15): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

The Vermilion County Board approved resolutions freeing up millions in federal funds for a local manufacturer.

The board voted unanimously Tuesday to approve resolutions designating all of Vermilion County as a recovery zone under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Tax Act of 2009 and rewarding $4.1 million in bonds to the Presta Division of ThyssenKrupp.

Wagoner said the money will go toward what he termed a “growth phase” for the company. Haugen said on Friday that the money could result in as many as 100 jobs for the county[11/10/10]

The Arizona Republic - SRP jobs saved by stimulus funds, officials say

Salt River Project officials said that stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is preserving jobs for meter technicians, electricians and linemen at the non-profit, municipal utility.

Utility officials said that in addition to the long-term energy savings the stimulus projects will bring for SRP customers, the company also is able to keep many people on staff that otherwise would be laid off amid the sluggish economy.

The largest grant from the stimulus act for SRP was $56.9 million to speed up installation of 'smart meters' for the company's 940,000 customers. So far, the company has spent about $13 million, according to records from the U.S. Department of Energy.

About 50 SRP employees are working on the project now, said Mike Lowe, SRP's customer-service manager. [11/12/10]

KPTV FOX-12 (Oregon) - Green Renovations Under Way For Fed Building

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Earl Blumenauer (OR-3)]

The federal building in downtown Portland is getting a green makeover.

It's all part of a $139 million renovation project to transform the Edith Green and Wendell Wyatt building.

Mayor Sam Adams and U.S. Congressman Earl Blumenauer helped kick off the project, which is being funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [11/10/10]

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