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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

New York Times - Saved by Stimulus in 2009, Wind Industry Pushes for RES

The federal stimulus package turned what could have been a disastrous 2009 for the wind industry into its best year ever.

'We thought we were going to lose half our industry,' said Denise Bode, CEO of the American Wind Energy Association [AWEA]. 'Then the Recovery Act came along, and we were able to create jobs.'

Wind farm installations created 1,500 to 2,000 construction, operations and maintenance jobs, according to AWEA.

Before the stimulus passed, the industry was projecting that wind power development could drop by as much as 50 percent compared to 2008. The renewable portion of the $787 billion legislation created construction, operations and maintenance, and management jobs, according to AWEA. [1/26/10]

WRTV ABC-6 (Indiana) - Indy Gets $22.9 Million For Street Repair

Indianapolis has been awarded $22.9 million in federal stimulus money to aid in the repair of streets and bridges, Mayor Greg Ballard and Rep. Andre Carson said Tuesday.

The funding comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, a massive spending bill that Congress passed in 2009.

About 550 people are expected to be employed to complete the road work.

'This $22 million infusion is not only creating 500-plus jobs, it's making a substantial investment in areas of our city that need it most,' Carson said. [1/26/10]

KYMA NBC-11 (Arizona) - Federal Courthouse Money

More than 100 jobs are expected to be created once construction on the new federal courthouse begins, but that's just the start of many other projects planned for the area.

Congressman Raul Grijalva announced Monday 28 million dollars in stimulus money will be used to build the new facility. He said the project will be, 'Another in a long line of recovery act projects that will help the economy get back on its feet.'

[Greg] Hyland [Director of Communication and Public Affairs, City of Yuma] said this should also bring jobs to Yuma. Hyland said, 'Through the construction phase alone, I'm guessing it's going to bring hundreds of local jobs to local contractors.' Hyland said, 'In addition to the federal courthouse, other sites will host condominium townhomes and apartments for shopkeepers, attorneys, and other downtown employees.' [1/26/10]

WHIO Radio (Ohio) - Springfield finding many uses for federal funds

Federal stimulus money is being put to good use in Clark County.

Money is being spent on road repair, police jobs and repairs to things such as elevators.

The Springfield News Sun reports the city has received about $16.1 million in stimulus programs, most of it from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The police division will use a more than $1.3 million grant to pay for seven police officers for three years, including six school resource officers. The city was faced with the possibility of laying off six officers when a different grant ran out. [1/26/10]

Contra Costa Times (California) - Forest Service gets $185M to expand payroll in region

The U.S. Forest Service's Vallejo-based Pacific Southwest Region has received more than $185 million in stimulus money to help create jobs in Northern California, the agency said.

The agency got $185.2 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to fund projects involving hazardous fuels reduction, forest health, construction and maintenance of facilities, roads and trails, abandoned mines and wood-to-energy projects, an agency spokesman said.

John Heil said the projects will likely create at least hundreds of Northern California jobs, though exact numbers are so far unknown. [1/26/10]

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