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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan


  • Vice President Joe Biden announced the release of $300 million in funding included in the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act for the Clean Cities Alternative Fuel and Advanced Technology Vehicles Pilot Program. This initiative makes funding available for states and local governments to expand their fleets of clean, sustainable vehicles and supporting fueling infrastructure.
    Click here to learn more about the Clean Cities Program>>
  • Interior Secretary Ken Salazar announced a $750 million investment to restore our nation's national park system and create jobs made possible by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.
    Click here to learn more about some of the projects included in this funding>>


Northfield News (Minnesota) - Cops' jobs tied to stimulus dollars

Layoffs at the police department hinge, in large part, on the city's ability to obtain a three-year, $472,000 grant…

The grants, part of the president's stimulus plan, offer up to $1 billion for the hiring and rehiring of law enforcement officers…

“If there's ever a time when we needed help,” said Councilor Jim Pokorney, referring to the difficult economy, “these three years may be it.”… [4/21/09]

Detroit News/AP (Michigan) - Jobless go for 'green' training

As the economy sheds jobs, community colleges across the country, including at least one in Michigan, are reporting a surge of unemployed workers enrolling in courses that offer training for 'green-collar' jobs.

Students are learning how to install solar panels, repair wind turbines, produce biofuels and do other work related to renewable energy.

To meet growing demand, two-year colleges are launching or expanding green job training with money from the federal stimulus package… [4/22/09]

Bradenton Herald (Florida) - Manatee thinking green, thinking jobs

Restore the environment, restore the economy.

That's the idea behind $5 billion in economic stimulus money that's going to the U.S. Department of Energy's Weatherization Assistance Program… [4/22/09]

State Journal (Kentucky) - $20,000 retrofits 14 buses

Franklin County Public Schools received $20,000 from the federal stimulus package Tuesday, which will fund clean-air technology retrofits on 14 school buses.

'I'm glad that we're going to be a part of this,' said Mark Watson, the school district's transportation director. 'What we're doing today is going to definitely affect the future.' … [4/22/09]

Seattle Times (Washington) - UW, WSU hope for share of federal research money

…Most grants won't be known for weeks but some money is already flowing. The Pacific Northwest National Laboratory at Richland will get $124 million from the Energy Department. The U.S. Geologic Survey expects the Northwest will receive a significant share of $15 million planned for volcano monitoring.

'This is an amazing time for science' said UW genomics professor Deborah Nickerson, who applied for money to study the genes that make people react differently to medications. 'There's never been anything like this in my entire career.'… [4/21/09]