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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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WKOW ABC-27 (Wisconsin) - Governor Doyle announces nearly $2.3 Million to assist displaced workers

Governor Jim Doyle declared $2,274,814 in federal funding to help more than 300 displaced Wisconsin workers find new employment and improve their skills.

The On-the-Job Training National Emergency Grants (OJTNEG) was awarded by the U.S. Department of Labor and are being made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. 

The Recovery Act has been credited with creating or retaining more than 44,000 jobs in Wisconsin. Since the program started, Wisconsin has overseen nearly $1.1 billion in Recovery Act expenditures. Major projects in Wisconsin include road construction projects, major water infrastructure, and a new high speed rail line. [6/28/10]

Maine Public Broadcasting Network - Maine Wins $52 Million in Stimulus Funds for Education [MEMBERS MENTIONED: Chellie Pingree (ME-1) and Mike Michaud (ME-2)]

Maine's two Democratic Congressional representatives say Maine is getting more than $52 million in additional Recovery Act funds to maintain its education programs. First District Congresswoman Chellie Pingree says the money is aimed at sparing programs and teachers' jobs, as well as saving local taxpayers money.

'As our economy continues to struggle, these funds will immediately help our towns by preventing more job cuts and helping stabilizing local budgets,' Pingree says in a statement.

Maine 2nd District Congressman Mike Michaud says the state has received nearly $349 million through the Recovery Act. He says the funding has supported more than 350 education jobs as well as education reform programs. [6/29/10]

Milford Orange Bulletin (Connecticut) - Clean energy grant awarded

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Rosa DeLauro (CT-3)]

Bethany is among 14 communities in the state who will benefit from a $4.17 million federal stimulus grant designed to help reduce overall energy consumption.

The Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge aims to have at least 10 percent of households set specific, measurable goals of 20 percent energy savings and clean energy usage and provides support to help households achieve those goals.

“The Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge will demonstrate that a clean energy future is something everyone can be part of,” said Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro, D-3. “I am excited that this project will help our residents reduce their energy costs and create jobs.”

Over the life of the Neighbor to Neighbor Energy Challenge, the project will create and/or retain nearly 400 jobs, reduce an estimated 250,000 metric tons of carbon dioxide pollution, and save households nearly $150 million on their energy bills, officials running the challenge said. [6/29/10]

Contra Costa Times (California) - Renovations in progress for San Bernardino public housing [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Joe Baca (CA-43)]

Public housing officials have hired about 80 construction workers to transform the hundreds of apartments near Medical Center Drive into a more welcoming environment.

The Housing Authority of San Bernardino County is spending roughly $10 million for exterior renovations and energy-efficiency upgrades throughout the 296 apartment units of the agency's Medical Center complex.

Housing officials have pooled financing from various sources, including about $3.4 million authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Housing Authority spokeswoman Ana Gamiz said. [6/28/10]

The Express-Star (Oklahoma) - Head Start receives stimulus money

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Tom Cole (OK-4): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Thanks to nearly $1 million in stimulus money, Chickasha will soon have a new Early Head Start Center.

…the new facility, which is for children ages 0 to 3, will create 17 new jobs, with one staff member for every four children. The new building will house three classrooms. [6/29/10]

The State Journal Register (Illinois) - Grant to help local Goodwill train health-care workers

The latest effort to answer demand for health-care workers in the Springfield area will take place online through a $384,000 grant to expand job-training programs at Land of Lincoln Goodwill Industries.

Land of Lincoln is one of seven agencies nationwide to share in $14.7 million awarded to Goodwill Industries International from the federal economic stimulus program.

…the local agency is expanding beyond its traditional role of job training for people with disabilities to serve other hard-to-employ clients, including ex-offenders and young people with poor job skills. [6/29/10]

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