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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Plan

Charleston Regional Business Journal (South Carolina) - Air Force Base making improvements with stimulus
More than $7 million in federal stimulus money is in the pipeline to pay for maintenance and improvement projects at the Charleston Air Force Base, base engineering and financial staff members said this morning… [5/1/09]

The News & Record (Virginia) - Tobacco Heritage Trail nets $6 million in stimulus funds

The Tobacco Heritage Trail has landed its largest grant to date -- $6 million in federal stimulus funds to build a 16-mile segment of trail from Lawrenceville to Brodnax, which straddles the Mecklenburg-Brunswick county line.

The award, announced Tuesday by Fifth District Rep. Tom Perriello, provides a welcome boost for the rails-to-trails project, envisioned to run 160 miles through the counties of Mecklenburg, Brunswick, Halifax, Lunenburg and Charlotte.

“It was millions from heaven,” said Joyce French, executive director of the Southside Planning District Commission, grant writer for the project…

“This trail project is putting people to work during this tough economic time,” said Tanner… [4/30/09]

Albany Times-Union (New York) - Paterson, Jennings break ground on $14.9 million Delaware Ave. project

… Friday morning, it was the center of attention as Gov. David Paterson, Mayor Jerry Jennings, congressmen Paul Tonko and Scott Murphy and assorted local and state officials turned out to break ground on the $14.9 million project to repave and refurbish 1.6 miles of Delaware Avenue -- the first to be contracted by the state under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act… [5/1/09]

New Mexico Business Weekly - Army Corps allocated $25M from stimulus

The U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' Albuquerque district office will receive nearly $25 million in federal stimulus funds.

The Corps plans to use the money for civil works construction and operations and maintenance work in New Mexico and southern Colorado… [5/1/09]

Arizona Republic - State to get $82 million to fund 48 projects

An $82 million stimulus check from the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency will help Arizona communities fund more than $220 million in projects.

Most of the money, funneled through the EPA from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, will be handed out by the state Water Infrastructure Finance Authority, an agency that provides low-interest loans and grants… [5/1/09]

New York Times - Economic Decline in Quarter Exceeds Forecast

…Indeed, many economists are counting on the federal spending and on various small windfalls for consumers to ease the recession in the months ahead.

The Social Security Administration, for example, is sending $250 checks in early May to each of the millions of older people getting benefits. And thousands of employers, responding to new federal rules, are cutting the amounts withheld from their employees' weekly and monthly pay checks - in the process fattening take-home pay.

'These fiscal policy measures will play a key role,' said Robert J. Barbera, chief economist at ITG Investment Technology Group, 'in gradually lifting economic growth.' [4/30/09]