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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Times-Standard (California) - County touts successful job placement program

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Mike Thompson (CA-1)]

Among the presentations heard by the Humboldt County Board of Supervisors on Tuesday, one focused on several stimulus-funded programs that provided work for almost 600 people, housing and nutrition assistance, and other services for hundreds of additional families hit by the economic downturn, according to staff.

In all, the Humboldt County Department of Health and Human Services tapped in to more than $5.6 million in federal funds made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) -- much of which was used for temporary employment subsidies that benefited local businesses.

A total of 583 residents were put to work through ARRA-subsidized programs. Of these, 196 were placed in private and nonprofit sector employment, 93 were placed with county departments, and another 294 obtained work experience through CalWORKs' Welfare-to-Work program, which provides job skills needed to transition back into the workforce.

In addition to the employment programs, ARRA funds were used to provide rental or utility assistance to more than 150 families. [10/6/10]

The State Hornet (California) - Stimulus funds reopen classes

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Doris Matsui (CA-5)]

The last batch of funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act will allow Sacramento State to enroll 3,000 more students for spring 2011.

According to CSU Public Affairs, the stimulus funds are also intended to allow the CSU to partially restore student services and campus operations that have been decreased due to previous budget cuts.

In addition to the last stimulus fund allocation, the CSU has received more than $1 billion of the funds. Sac State's share of the funds is about $69.2 million… [10/5/10]

Central Valley Business Times (California) - Corcoran Hospital gets $12 Million loan for outpatient center 

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Jim Costa (CA-20)]

Plans for a new 17,000-square foot outpatient center at Corcoran District Hospital have gotten a $12 million boost, the funds coming from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The loan will allow the hospital to provide ambulatory surgery and imaging services to the 14,000 residents across the Kings County community. Construction of the new center will create 100 jobs for the region.

“This project has been years in the making and I am proud that our efforts have paid off,” says Rep. Jim Costa, D-Fresno. “Construction of the new center will create jobs and improve access to health care for Kings County families. This funding is a major win for the Kings County community.” [10/5/10]

WYMT CBS-57 (Kentucky) - Gov. Steve Beshear announced funding for water projects

Gov. Steve Beshear today announced funding through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for four projects to protect public health and the environment by improving water quality and public sanitation services.

'Investments in water and wastewater projects will help provide safe drinking water and protect the environment in Kentucky,' said Gov. Beshear. 'These projects will not only provide more reliable services for local communities, but will support job creation by supporting economic development initiatives.'

Today's announcement, funded through the United States Department of Agriculture (USDA) Rural Development, provides $9.5 million in loans and $4.4 million in grants for a total of $13.9 million for four water and wastewater infrastructure projects in rural communities.  [10/5/10]

Triangle Business Journal (North Carolina) - Disadvantaged businesses won $52M in stimulus-funded NCDOT projects

Data collected by the North Carolina Department of Transportation  show that disadvantaged business enterprises won transportation stimulus subcontracts totaling $52 million in 2009-10, which was 9.2 percent of the $563 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act contracts handed out by NCDOT.

DBE programs, which are a fixture in government transportation construction projects, are designed to help companies owned by minorities obtain a share of subcontracting work. [10/5/10]

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