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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Business Journal Daily (Ohio) - Building Tradesmen Arrive at V&M Project


Some 70 union members in the building trades are busy preparing the foundation for V&M Star's new $650 million plant in Youngstown, and the site could see as many as 250 skilled workmen there by next spring, says the president of the Western Reserve Building and Construction Trades Council.

'At peak, we are expecting close to 500 construction jobs' throughout the 18-month building process [said Don Crane, President of Council of 13 crafts unions].

'At high point, with major construction, I'd say 250 to 300 [members of the building trades, such as] electricians, pipe fitters, millwrights and ironworkers will be working at the site by next spring as new machinery is set in,' Crane elaborated.

The project received $19 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds toward offsetting costs for the project. 'Ted made those V&M jobs a reality,' Crane said. Once work on the plant is finished, it's expected to employ 350 full-time workers. [9/27/10]

Herkimer Telegram (New York) - Stimulus funds aid business

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Michael Arcuri (NY-24)]

Stimulus funding will help keep a local business development on its feet…

U.S. Rep. Michael Arcuri, D-Utica, announced Friday that the Stone Mill of Little Falls will receive a $650,000 loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture Rural Development's Business and Industry Guaranteed Loan Program.

Arcuri's camp said these funds, which are being are made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, or stimulus funding, are part of an ongoing commitment to ensure that rural communities attract capital investments that lead to business development and job creation.

Loans like this help rural communities renovate facilities and embark on new expansions -- helping grow the local business sector and creating jobs,” [said Arcuri.] [9/27/10] (Connecticut) - Groundbreaking for restoration project at Long Beach West


A ceremony was held today to break ground for a project to restore Long Beach West, one of Connecticut's longest stretches of barrier beach. The project, supported by nearly $1 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act stimulus funding, involves demolishing the dilapidated remnants of a former summer community, removing debris and contaminants, and ultimately re-establishing 35-acres of beach to its natural state for people and wildlife.

U.S. Congresswoman Rosa DeLauro (CT) joined officials from the U. S. Fish and Wildlife Service and numerous project partners for a groundbreaking ceremony this morning at the project site in Stratford, Connecticut.

“I am so pleased to see these efforts and the addition funds through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act are helping to improve our shoreline and our local economy. I applaud the efforts that have been made so far, and look forward to seeing the project's completion.” [9/27/10]

KSBI-52 (Oklahoma) - State Law Enforcement Using Stimulus Funds

Oklahoma law enforcement agencies are using federal stimulus funds for various needs ranging from buying guns and computers to rehiring laid off officers.

U.S. Justice Department records show more than 100 county and municipal departments were eligible for about $9 million in stimulus funds.

Oklahoma City has spent nearly $2 million on officers' salaries while Tulsa used the funding to rehire 28 laid off officers. [9/27/10]

The Hill - Locke announces final $207 million in broadband grants

Commerce Secretary Gary Locke announced 14 stimulus grants worth $207 million aimed at expanding broadband Internet access and public computing centers on Monday.

The awards were the last of 233 projects funded by the National Telecommunications and Information Administration's Broadband Technology Opportunities Program…

“These critical Recovery Act investments will create jobs and lay the groundwork for long-term sustainable economic growth in communities across America,” [said Locke]. [9/27/10]

WCAX CBS-3 (Vermont) - Community health center breaks ground on expansion

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Peter Welch (VT-At Large)]

The largest expansion project in the history of Burlington's Community Health Center is officially underway.

The Health Center broke ground on the $11-million dollar plan Monday morning -- made possible by a $10.9 million dollar federal stimulus grant. Once complete, the center will double in size to 36-thousand square feet. That will allow the center to provide preventive health, mental and dental care to as many as 20-thousand patients. The center currently serves about 12-thousand people, the majority of them low income. [9/27/10]

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