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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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On Friday, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced $75 million in funding from the Recovery Act for On-the-Job Training Grants. These grants offer a method to jump start re-employment for dislocated workers experiencing prolonged unemployment by enabling employers to create training and job opportunities.

'Today's grants will help dislocated workers across the country learn while they earn. For most that will mean not just employment, but also the chance to receive training that allows them to upgrade their skills,' said Secretary Solis. 'As our economic recovery takes hold, this investment presents a win-win scenario. After all, workers are not the only ones who benefit from the approach. On-the-job training programs also offer tremendous returns for employers who commit time and other resources to training and hiring employees.' [6/25/10]

The Jackson Citizen Patriot (Michigan) - Great Lakes to add jobs with $2.5M in grants [MEMBER MENTIONED: Mark Schauer (MI-7)]

With $2.5 million in federal stimulus money, a Blackman Township manufacturer will keep 50 jobs and add 50 more as it makes gears for wind turbines.

Great Lakes Industry Inc. on Friday received a $2 million grant through the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor and Economic Growth.

U.S. Rep. Mark Schauer praised the government's investment in the company.

The investment of Recovery Act funds right here in Jackson will not only help revitalize the local community, but fills a much-needed gap in Michigan's renewable energy industry,” Schauer said in a statement. [6/26/10]

Journal and Courier (Indiana) - County rakes in stimulus funds[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-Steve Buyer (IN-4): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

To new teachers, Head Start employees or food service workers hired using federal stimulus program funds this past year, the impact of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is obvious.

That's because Tippecanoe County's share of the stimulus pie as of March 31 -- the most recent figures available -- totaled $166 million. That's the third highest amount among 92 Indiana counties. The spending accounted for the creation of 163 jobs, according to federal data.

In Indiana, state and local agencies have been awarded $4.2 billion in federal stimulus grants, loans and contracts, according to the federal government. Those agencies in turn have reported creation of 5,709 jobs.

But stimulus funds have meant new jobs in most agencies where the money has been directed. [6/27/10]

Niles Daily Star (Michigan) - $3.8 million awarded to DELEG for on-the-job training

Gov. Jennifer M. Granholm has announced that the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded the Michigan Department of Energy, Labor & Economic Growth (DELEG) a $3.8 million competitive grant to provide on-the-job training for Michigan workers.

The grant, funded through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act of 2009 (Recovery Act), will allow the state of Michigan to put approximately 850 people into custom training programs that allow participants to earn wages while learning new skills.

“These Recovery Act dollars will give Michigan citizens an opportunity to gain career-building skills while supporting their families,” Granholm said.  “When our workers are well trained and gainfully employed, businesses win, workers win and Michigan wins.” [6/27/10]

Minneapolis Star Tribune (Minnesota) - Pelosi on Union Depot: 'This is the future' [MEMBERS MENTIONED: Nancy Pelosi (CA-8), Betty McCollum (MN-4), Keith Ellison (MN-5), and Jim Oberstar (MN-8)]

House Speaker Nancy Pelosi traveled to St. Paul's Lowertown area on Saturday to survey the empty halls of the historic Union Depot, which lawmakers hope to transform into a transportation hub, with the financial backing of the federal government.

The federal government has allocated about $85 million for the effort, $35 million of which came from the stimulus bill.

Pelosi was joined Saturday by Democratic Reps. Betty McCollum, Keith Ellison and Jim Oberstar, the chairman of the House Transportation Committee.

'This is the future,' Pelosi told a crowd of reporters and local officials. 'And I think that this is a lot of money, but a small price to pay for taking this region into the future.' [6/27/10]

The Union Star (Virginia) - Sens. Webb, Warner Announce $1.5 Million

Senators Jim Webb and Mark Warner have announced that the State of Virginia has been awarded $1,498,683 from the U.S. Department of Labor for on-the-job training programs to help Virginians get back to work. The funding is made available through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which was supported by both senators.

'These investments will enhance on-the-job training programs and provide out-of-work Virginians with an opportunity to both earn a paycheck and learn new skills, making them better-qualified candidates for future employment,' Senator Warner said.

On-the-Job Training Grants will help jump start re-employment for dislocated workers experiencing prolonged unemployment by enabling employers to create training and job opportunities for these individuals. [6/28/10]

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