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Sun Sentinel (Florida) - State attributes 87,700 jobs to stimulus funding

Stimulus-funded construction jobs are beginning to mount in Florida, as indicated by two announcements Friday.

The state said it would report on Jan. 30 an estimated job impact of 87,700 as of Dec. 31, 2009, due to federal stimulus funds. These include direct and indirect jobs for all funds flowing through state agencies. The actual head-count of people in stimulus-funded jobs is 53,772, up from 47,000 in October 2009.

Included in the total estimate are 21,100 jobs in the state related to federal programs including food stamps, unemployment compensation and Medicaid.

U.S. Rep. Ron Klein, D-Boca Raton, announced Friday that $38 million in stimulus funding slated for the Army Corps of Engineers has been freed up by Congress for Everglades restoration and other projects. Through subcontractors, the projects will create jobs in South Florida for carpenters, concrete finishers, truck and pile drivers, equipment operators, divers and masons, according to the Corps. [1/22/10]

Arizona Daily Star - For many, SBA loans never looked so good

Fueled by a fresh stoking of taxpayer dollars and more generous terms, federally guaranteed Small Business Administration loans rebounded last quarter both nationally and in Arizona after a steep decline the previous year.

The number of SBA-backed loans in Arizona jumped 64 percent in the quarter ended Dec. 31 compared with the same period a year earlier, while the total loan value jumped 38 percent.

The renewed demand has been driven by a $730 million injection of federal stimulus funds, including $375 million to boost SBA lending guarantee amounts and cut loan fees. The stimulus funding also provided $255 million to set up a short-term, interest-free loan program for struggling but viable business and $30 million to expand microloan programs. [1/24/10]

Chambersburg Public Opinion (Pennsylvania) - $13M in stimulus funds to Keystone Health fills a tremendous need

As layoffs grew and more families lost their insurance, Congress looked to community health centers like Keystone Rural Health Center in Chambersburg to provide a safety net.

Keystone secured a total of $13.6 million in stimulus money, more than any other community health center in Pennsylvania.

This grant, which provided up to $12 million for building projects, will be used to construct a new building at 830 Fifth Ave. that will house Keystone Internal Medicine, Keystone Women's Care, Franklin County Pediatrics, and a new urgent care center and pharmacy.

The economic impact of the project, including construction jobs and health center jobs, was also a major consideration.

Keystone, which currently employs 338, said in the grant application the new building will directly result in 35 new full-time equivalent positions, to be hired with non-grant money. That is in addition to about 93 construction jobs. [1/24/10]

KSIR 1010-AM (Colorado) - Area Wind Farm Receives Stimulus Grant

Phillips County will receive $2.5-million dollars in federal stimulus funds to help launch a community-owned 30 megawatt wind energy project.

In a news release, [Congresswoman] Betsy Markey said the ultimate goal is to build a 650 megawatt wind farm within Sedgwick, Phillips, and Logan counties. 

In a news release, Rep. Markey said, 'local energy systems like this can play a key role in breaking our dependence on Middle East oil. It's time for America to take back control of our energy, our security, and our jobs, and Northeast Colorado is helping to lead that charge.” [1/22/10]

The Sacramento Press (California) - Feds award $5m for alternative energy

The federal government has awarded $5 million in stimulus funding for Sacramento-area alternative energy projects, including the state's first 'solar highway,' U.S. Rep. Doris Matsui announced Friday.

The U.S. Department of Energy has set aside money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for projects to install a section of the state's first 'solar highway' -- a system of photovoltaic panels erected along a freeway -- and to build facilities for sustainable biogas energy production from food and dairy animal waste.

The federal money will help the local economy by investing in green energy technology and promoting Sacramento as 'a clean-tech capital,” Matsui said in a prepared statement. [1/22/10]

News and Tribune (Indiana) - Indiana getting $6 million for green jobs and technologies

More federal funding may be coming to Southern Indiana to help develop green jobs and technology.

Indiana's Department of Workforce Development announced this week it will receive a $6 million training grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act through the U.S. Department of Labor…

It is a statewide plan that will provide skills training and on-the-job experience in the green energy sector to more than 2,100 dislocated autoworkers, unemployed Hoosiers, out-of-school youth and adults with barriers to employment… [1/22/10] (Arizona) - Floralcroft neighborhood receives federal stimulus funds

Residents in the historic Floralcroft neighborhood will notice some street construction in their neighborhood beginning next week.

The neighborhood will benefit from improvements paid for by American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds. The grant of $240,000 will be used to install new pedestrian lighting and various sidewalk improvements throughout the neighborhood, which is west of 59th Avenue, north of Myrtle Avenue and along the south side of State Avenue.

This grant is a one-time allocation made possible by the city receiving stimulus dollars. It is anticipated this project will generate between 20-25 jobs in the community and further revitalize the immediate area surrounding the Glendale centerline. [1/23/10]

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