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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

Portsmouth Herald (Maine) - Portsmouth Naval Shipyard to hire 'hundreds'

Local tradesmen and contractors hurt by the economy are expected to get a boost from Portsmouth Naval Shipyard, which will be contracting out work for $24.5 million in repairs to buildings and other facilities at the yard.

Members of the Maine congressional delegation announced Monday the yard will receive the money as part of the federal stimulus package…

“This is great news for the shipyard and our surrounding Seacoast communities,” said Deborah White, public affairs officer at the shipyard…

O'Connor agreed. “This is going to be good for the local economy,” he said. [3/25/09]

KRDO Channel 13 (Colorado) - Stimulus bill to help power Colorado's new energy economy

Business and political leaders are banking on Colorado's new energy leadership to give it a big edge in the competition for billions of federal stimulus dollars promoting renewable energy and energy efficiency.

Colorado expects $130 million for weatherization of homes and the state energy program. Communities are in line for block grants. And businesses and researchers will compete for undetermined grants and loan guarantees… [3/24/09]

Richmond Times-Dispatch - Va. military bases to receive $330 million in stimulus funds for construction, restoration

Virginia military bases will receive nearly $330 million through the federal stimulus package for quality-of-life improvements, infrastructure work and energy-saving projects…

The stimulus projects range from modernizing military medical facilities to repairing runways to improving the efficiency of steam heating systems. The work is to be concentrated in Hampton Roads -- as Virginia's military bases are -- but will include projects across the state… [3/25/09]

News & Observer (North Carolina) - New building in Raleigh will house National Guard

Gov. Beverly Perdue said today that work will soon begin on a $56 million building in West Raleigh to house the National Guard, the Highway Patrol and the state Division of Emergency Management.

The project, which will be largely financed by federal stimulus money, would create up to 4,200 new jobs, Perdue said… [3/25/09]

Tennessean/Associated Press - Stimulus funds will reduce layoffs at UT

The University of Tennessee's acting president said Tuesday that Gov. Phil Bredesen's proposed use of federal stimulus money to fill state budget gaps will give the university time to pare spending without huge layoffs.

“This is obviously a very good outcome for us,” Jan Simek told the five-campus, 46,000-student UT system in a video conference. “Imminent layoffs, because of the stimulus money, are essentially off the table.”…[3/25/09]