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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Mercury (Pennsylvania) - Chesco highways get $33.9M in stimulus money

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Joe Sestak (PA-7), R-Jim Gerlach (PA-6): Voted NO on Recovery Act, and R-Joe Pitts (PA-16): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

Chester County's six highway projects funded by $33.9 million in stimulus money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act has paved roads, built the first phase of bike/jogging trail, paved sidewalks and fixed handicapped curb cuts on state highways.

Five of the six are complete. In all, some 442 jobs were either created or retained. [10/4/10]

The Morning Journal (Ohio) - STIMULUS TRACKER: Locally, 191 jobs and one dream come true

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) and Betty Sutton (OH-13)]

In an area devastated by closing and downsizing companies, the promise of stimulus funds to bolster job creation seemed too good to be true.

For Karen Morell, a new business owner in Lorain County, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act made it possible to post a “Help Wanted” sign.

Since opening, Morell has hired 15 employees -- some who had previously been laid off -- and “put currency in the pockets of people who did my construction, sold me my signs and machine and my food suppliers who are all Ohio companies.”

In Lorain County, according to the Recovery Act's website,, recipients reported that stimulus-based projects have funded 191 jobs as of Sept. 21.

Within Ohio, as of Sept. 21, a total of 7,800 projects were awarded $7.87 billion. With stimulus money, almost 25,896 jobs were funded. [10/3/10]

The Daily Reflector (North Carolina) - Training program helps put people to work

Martin Community Action recently concluded a Community Services Block Grant training and job experience program that helped unemployed and underemployed individuals find employment and raise the family income enabling them to become self-sufficient.

A recovery program under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Program, the program received $1 million to help citizens in Pitt, Martin and Beaufort counties.

An Employment Assistance Project provided 15 training positions with Robersonville Packing.

Martin Community Action also partnered with East Carolina University's College of Human Ecology, Department of Hospitality Management, to provide a Food and Beverage Training Program. The program prepared 31 participants to work in commercial restaurants and other food service positions.

The last program was a Dental Training Program with 10 participants. [10/4/10]

San Diego Union Tribune (California) - Vista Community Clinic set to grow thanks to stimulus grant

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R- Darrell Issa (CA-49): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

The flagship health-care center of one of the county's largest community clinics is growing, thanks in part to a federal stimulus grant.

Vista Community Clinic, which operates five clinics in Oceanside and Vista, is expanding the footprint of its central Vista location on Vale Terrace Drive.

When completed in December 2011, the new digs will create 42 new jobs, including spots for eight doctors.

They anticipate serving 12,000 additional patients as a result of the construction.

In addition to the 42 permanent jobs, [Barbara] Mannino [the clinic's CEO] estimates that the work will provide hundreds of construction jobs. [10/2/10]

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