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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Kansas City Star (Missouri) - In Kansas and Missouri, officials tout stimulus' impact on projects

Missouri…has started more than half of its projects and completed nearly half, according to federal data. State records indicate that an even higher percentage of its nearly 340 stimulus-funded road and bridge projects are complete.

The result, according to contractor reports: more than 38,000 construction jobs and $54 million in payroll.

Kansas highway officials were unable to say how many jobs the stimulus has produced up to now. Monthly reports show that 4,800 transportation jobs resulted in July.

…highway officials in Kansas and Missouri said they “jumped” on the aid as soon as President Barack Obama signed the bill. [9/25/10]

Canton Repository (Ohio) - SE Canton celebrates rebirth of Sherrick Road corridor

[MEMBER MENTIONED: John Boccieri (OH-16)]

…the hundreds who gathered Sunday afternoon to dedicate the newly paved Sherrick Road with a ribbon-cutting and parade, dubbed the improvement the start of something big: A rebirth. A revitalization.

After voting for the stimulus package in February, [Congressman John] Boccieri, D-Alliance, and other lawmakers went to work, lobbying to make Sherrick Road a priority for stimulus money.

It's worth it for this community, this city,” said Boccieri of voting for the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. “If I had to cast my vote again, I'd do it. Paving roads like this makes our communities much stronger. Gatherings like (Sunday's) make our communities much stronger.” [9/26/10]

The Frederick News-Post (Maryland) - Frederick airport control tower grant approved

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Roscoe Bartlett (MD-6): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

The Frederick Municipal Airport's plan air traffic control tower has been granted funding from the Federal Aviation Administration.

The $4.8 million tower will be funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. U.S. Sens. Barbara Mikulski and Ben Cardin announced the grant this morning.

The project is expected to create 80 to 90 jobs, and staff six to eight full-time controllers. It will be built at no cost to the city. [9/27/10]

Muskogee Daily Phoenix (Oklahoma) - Cities fund improvement projects with federal money

Leaders in area cities say they benefited from millions of dollars in federal stimulus money.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 targeted tax relief and significant investments in education, transportation, health care, science and technology, and energy efficiency. Oklahoma received $2.6 billion.

…[Tahlequah Mayor Ken] Purdy said the stimulus money helped Tahlequah build roads and recreation facilities, launch beautification projects, and fund a new fire station planned for construction.

…[Wagoner Mayor James] Jennings said the project went so well that they will be able to repair additional water lines with left over money. Employing new people also went well.

“Some of the original 10 that we hired have already taken permanent jobs in the department of public works,” he said.

Muskogee County Commissioner Gene Wallace said federal stimulus money was crucial for  recent projects.  [9/25/10]

Macon Telegraph (Georgia) - Unlike some states, Georgia making use of federal roads funds

in Georgia the work of fixing highways has sped along -- due in no small part to a deliberate choice to focus much of the state's nearly $1 billion in funding on easier to complete repaving and road-widening projects.

A McClatchy analysis found that of the 375 highway projects slated for funding in Georgia, 46 percent are under way and 40 percent are completed…

What it did do was save jobs. It certainly saved several hundred jobs -- and that's just in the construction industry alone. It put a billion into our economy that wouldn't have been there otherwise,” [said David Spear, a spokesman with the Georgia Department of Transportation]. [9/26/10]

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