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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Jacksonville Business Journal (Florida) - Stimulus funds 38K Florida jobs

The American Recovery & Reinvestment Act of 2009 has funded 38,505 jobs in Florida so far, according to statistics compiled by Onvia Inc.

The Seattle-based company that tracks government contract availability said the 38,505 jobs placed Florida at No. 5 in a ranking of all states. Pennsylvania led the list with 73,510 stimulus-created jobs. [8/18/10]

The Kennebec Journal (Maine) - Maine getting more weatherization money

Maine will receive $7 million in federal stimulus money to continue its low-income weatherization assistance program, state and federal officials announced today.

Maine has weatherized more than 2,000 homes using money from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

The state has been a national leader in weatherization, according to the U.S. Department of Energy.

The weatherization program is creating thousands of jobs, putting carpenters, electricians, and factory workers to work installing insulation, upgrading appliances, and improving heating and cooling systems.  According to state reports, the program supported more than 13,000 jobs in the second quarter of this year, including nearly 175 jobs in Maine. [8/19/10]

The Williamsport Sun-Gazette (Pennsylvania) - Broadband service expands to rural areas

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Christopher Carney (PA-10)]

A $36 million Recovery Act grant will be used by a company to bring 3G broadband service to the area, including Lycoming County.

U.S. Rep. Chris Carney, D-Dimock, said the federal stimulus money is vital to bringing immediate broadband service to rural communities that otherwise would be left behind in the global economy.

Carney said the grant will allow Keystone Wireless LLC of Boyertown to bring the service for benefiting nearly 1 million people, 26,000 businesses and 9,000 community institutions.

'Right now, the biggest telecommunications challenge facing America is access to broadband Internet,' he said. 'Universal broadband is critical to strengthening rural communities and fueling economic development throughout rural America. Basic broadband is no longer a luxury; it is a necessity. These Recovery Act investments are an important step towards universal access.' [8/20/10]

WDEF CBS-12 (Tennessee) - $132 Million Awarded for High-Speed Internet Service in Alabama

Gov. Bob Riley says that more than $132 million in grants to expand broadband Internet service in Alabama will be a big boost to many rural areas of the state.

The largest grant, $59,258,545, was awarded to Trillion Communications Corporation to expand broadband service in south-central Alabama. Trillion will supplement the grant with about $27 million in matching contributions. Approximately 172,000 people, 3,000 businesses and 400 community institutions are expected to benefit. The project will provide more than 550 jobs.

A grant of $26,068,284 will permit Troy Cablevision Inc. to offer broadband service to more than 127,000 residents and 3,600 businesses in southeast Alabama. As many as 140 community institutions will get broadband connections. Troy Cablevision expects the project will create about 145 jobs[8/19/10]

Hollister Free Lance (California) - CMAP gets stimulus funds to train SBC students [MEMBERS MENTIONED: Mike Honda (CA-15) and Sam Farr (CA-17)]

Community Media Access Partnership announced today that it will receive federal stimulus funding through a partnership with ZeroDivide…

ZeroDivide was awarded $1.38 million by the U.S. Commerce Department's National Telecommunications and Information Administration to create a new generation of youth technology users within underserved communities in California, Hawaii, New Mexico, Oregon, Utah, and Washington states, according to CMAP's statement.

CMAP will develop a youth media and technology program enabling San Benito County youths to become skilled media creators and consumers, and increase civic involvement and communitywide adoption of new media tools.

[Kathy] Bisbee [Executive Director of CMAP] mentioned in the statement that support from U.S. Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel; Congressman Mike Honda, D-Campbell; and Assemblymember Bill Monning, D-Monterey, was 'critical in bringing stimulus funding to San Benito County.' [8/19/10]

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