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Florida Today - 800 Brevard jobs stay as stimulus funds go

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Suzanne Kosmas (FL-24) and R- Bill Posey (FL-15): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Many of the nearly 800 stimulus-funded jobs in Brevard County will remain in place…

Among those jobs were about 500 at Melbourne-based Associated Management Systems, which owns and operates Telecom Service Center, a phone sales center in Rockledge…

'It did exactly what it was intended for. The jobs are there and they're not going anywhere,' [Thomas Biddix, president and chairman of Associated Management] said. 'We're not laying anybody off.'

Florida has yet to use all of the $200 million made available in March when Congress approved the subsidized jobs program, known here as Florida Back to Work.

Statewide, there were 5,498 people hired under the program. [9/29/10]

Bluefield Daily Telegraph (West Virginia) - Census survey: Poverty declines in Bluefield area


While poverty levels have risen across the state, the percentage of those under the poverty line in the Bluefield area has decreased, according to recent survey results published by the U.S. Census Bureau.

“We came into the recession a year later than the rest of the country,” Ted Boettner [Executive Director of the West Virginia Center on Budget and Policy] said. “Things didn't start for us until the spring of 2009. A lot of recovery act measures went into affect just as West Virginia started losing jobs. Those things helped a crucial period when West Virginia didn't have as severe job loss as the rest of the country.”

Boettner said the American Investment and Recovery Act may have saved West Virginia from dealing with recession-related issues affecting other areas of the country.

It's frightening to think about what today's poverty numbers would have looked like without critical supports expanded through the Recovery Act,” he said. “Things like expanded unemployment insurance and tax credits for middle and low income households prevented the situation in West Virginia from being even worse...” [9/29/10]

Baltimore Business Journal (Maryland) - Md. energy grants expected to create 70 jobs

The Maryland Energy Administration has awarded $2.1 million in federal stimulus grants for clean energy projects that are expected to create 70 jobs. [9/29/10] - Federal Stimulus Program Pumps $23 Million into Union County Economy

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Frank Pallone (NJ-6), Donald Payne (NJ-10), Albio Sires (NJ-13), and R-Leonard Lance (NJ-7): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

New federal grants totaling $23 million have poured into Union County this year, creating new jobs and enabling the Union County Board of Chosen Freeholders to approve more roadway resurfacing projects and other vital infrastructure upgrades, along with other programs. The new funds come from President Obama's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).

“The work we have been able to do through ARRA clearly demonstrates the value of putting federal tax dollars to work on projects that serve the public welfare,”[said Union County Freeholder Daniel P. Sullivan].

In all, Union County has received $23 million in ARRA funding for infrastructure, energy efficiency improvements, public safety programs, and human services including meals for seniors, job training, foreclosure guidance and housing assistance. [9/29/10]

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