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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

KGO (San Francisco) - Groundbreaking at Transbay Transit Center in SF [MEMBER MENTIONED: Speaker Nancy Pelosi (CA-8)]

Calling it the 'Grand Central Station of the West,' political and civic leaders broke ground Wednesday on the new Transbay Transit Center. They believe it's such an important project an economic boom will come as a result.

San Francisco has had a plan for high speed rail for years and now Congress and the administration has come up with the money -- $400 million to start…

There will be 48,000 jobs created for the first seven years.  

'It will definitely immediately put to work a lot of the construction trades. That's what we have been saying in Washington for the last two years. This has been a project 30 years in the making…,' said Webcor president Andy Ball.

[Speaker Nancy] Pelosi calls it 'a project of national significance.' [8/11]

The Daily Breeze (Los Angeles) -  Officials hope to extend temp jobs program [MEMBER MENTIONED: Jane Harman (CA-36)]

'I love my job,' [Elsy] Flores, a service representative with State Farm Insurance, said Thursday afternoon as local elected officials gathered in Redondo Beach to highlight a federally funded program they say has created thousands of jobs in Los Angeles County

The countywide program, aimed at injecting much-needed jobs into a stalled economy, is made

possible through nearly $5 billion from the American Recovery Reinvestment Act, passed in 2009. Nationwide, more than 184,000 temporary jobs were created - of those an estimated 11,000 were in Los Angeles County

'This program is probably the best thing out there to keep and create jobs in Los Angeles County,' said Rep. Jane Harman, D-El Segundo. [8/12]  

The Salisbury Post (North Carolina) - Center for the Environment receives grant [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Melvin L. Watt  (NC-12)]

The Center for the Environment at Catawba College has received a $184,000 grant from the N.C. Energy Office's Student Energy Internship and Fellowship Program to launch the Catawba College Energy Corps.

It was one of 23 private businesses, public agencies and public and private universities to receive a combined $5.6 million from the N.C. Energy Office for the program, which was funded with money from the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The grant to the center will be used to facilitate the placement of as many as 17 students or recent graduates in on-the-job internships and fellowships. [8/13]

Dayton Daily News - Lebanon sterilization firm plans expansion [DISTRICT MENTIONED: R- Jean Schmidt (OH-2): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

E-BEAM Services, Inc. intends to “immediately” expand the company's electron beam processing facility to 90,000 square feet, the company said Thursday, Aug. 12.

The expansion is expected to double the workforce at the Lebanon site, with 20 to 25 more employees expected to be hired over the next three years.

Bonds amounting to $6.5 million, as part the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act issued through the Warren County Port Authority, are assisting the expansion, the company said. [8/13]

Loveland Connection (Colorado) - Regional interchange work complete at Crossroads Boulevard[DISTRICT MENTIONED: Betsey Markey (CO-04)]

The interchange at Crossroads Boulevard and Interstate 25 is now officially open after a year's worth of preparation and construction.

During a Thursday ribbon-cutting ceremony, Loveland Mayor Cecil Gutierrez praised everyone involved with the project for completing something that would benefit the entire Northern Colorado region, not just the city of Loveland

The $6.5 million project had three funding sources, gathering $3 million in federal stimulus funds, $1.2 million from a metro district maintained by developer McWhinney and $2.3 million from local tax increment funds. [8/13]

Fox 5 (Atlanta) - Hartsfield-Jackson to Receive Federal Funds [DISTRICT MENTIONED: John Lewis (GA-5)]

Atlanta's Hartsfield-Jackson International Airport is set to receive federal funds to make improvements at the facility.

FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt says the funds are part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The projects are expected to make flights into the airport safer, more efficient and reliable. [8/13]

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