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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Telluride Daily Planet (Colorado) - Stimulus boosts renewable energy in Dove Creek

Tiny Dove Creek has a new spot for renewable energy and jobs, paid for in part by Obama's stimulus package.

San Juan Bioenergy will get nearly $300,000 for its bioenergy production plant.

The money comes from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, popularly known as the stimulus. In a statement, Congressman John Salazar praised the work of the company.

This funding will help grow the development of renewable energy and protect jobs at a time when jobs need protecting,” he said. “I'm glad to support this effort and I will continue to support efforts that help America develop renewable energy solutions and grow the economy of rural Colorado.” [3/16/10]

The Herald Sun (North Carolina) - Durham Tech launches new jobs programs

With additional federal stimulus money, Durham Technical Community College is launching a new series of short-term training programs designed to meet local employer needs.

Starting next month, the JobsNOW program will offer training sessions in nine separate areas -- all of which can be completed within six months or less -- that are intended to get students out into the workforce quickly.

'Shorter term training seems to be the key to getting retooled and allowing people to begin new careers,' said Kelly King, the program coordinator for JobsNOW. 'This is for people who need to find work faster, and need to find the type of training that will accommodate their schedules.' [3/17/10]

Fresno Business Journal (California) - $680M in stimulus funds awarded locally

Approximately $17.6 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds has been expended throughout California -- $1.6 billion of which has been awarded to more than 1,366 projects within the San Joaquin Valley, according to The California Partnership for the San Joaquin Valley.

The four local counties combined spent $298 million on 286 education projects -- other projects varied between energy, labor, housing, public safety, transportation and other projects. [3/16/10]

Hickory Daily Record (North Carolina) - Federal money gives county extra employees

Catawba County will fill nine to 11 jobs through a federal employment subsidy program.

The program, administered through the Department of Social Services, is for people who qualify for federal Temporary Assistance to Needy Families. The money will help low-income people land a job with the county.

The funds are part of $5 billion that Congress included in last year's stimulus package to help states offer basic or temporary assistance to families. [3/16/10]

WCSH NBC-6 (Maine) - Stimulus money puts unemployed boatbuilders and lobstermen in new jobs

Washington Hancock Community Agency is putting people back to work and helping low income families at the same time.

WHCA used federal stimulus money to hire 14 additional employees to weatherize homes for low income families in Washington and Hancock counties.

Most of the new hires were at risk of losing, or had recently lost their jobs. [3/16/10]

New York Daily News - Stimulus funds spur The Jericho Project, housing for homeless veterans

The Jericho Project, a nonprofit that is developing two residences for homeless veterans in the Bronx, has received $10.6 million in stimulus funding towards the construction of its supportive housing facility…

'This funding enables us to help our veterans rebuild their lives with dignity and compassion - and also contribute to the economic well-being of the community,' said Tori Lyon, Jericho's executive director.

In addition to job-placement assistance, family reunification and mental health counseling, veterans at both residences will also have access to the latest therapy for the 'invisible wounds' plaguing veterans of modern war: posttraumatic stress disorder and traumatic brain injury. [3/17/10]

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