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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Buffalo News (New York) - Nine Falls streets to benefit from stimulus money
Rep. Louise Slaughter stopped at the city's new Police Department and courthouse today to tout the millions of dollars of federal stimulus funds that have flowed to her district.

The congresswoman said the streets are part of $95 million her district has received to date, including $6.9 million in transportation and infrastructure projects.

'Today as we announce the start of nine new road projects, it is important to realize that the $95 million from the recovery package has saved countless jobs and created even more but our work is by no means over; my fight continues,' Slaughter said in a written statement.  [Read More]

Reuters - Romer says stimulus working despite job losses
White House economic adviser Christina Romer said on Thursday that the $787-billion U.S. stimulus program was stabilizing the economy despite unacceptably high job losses.

Romer said that since the stimulus program was started, 'an economy that was in freefall has stabilized substantially, and now looks as though it could begin to recover in the second half of the year.'

She said that the impact of stimulus spending should increase in coming quarters, aiding a recovery. 'We expect the fiscal stimulus to be roughly $100 billion in each of the next five quarters,' Romer said. [Read More]

The Pioneer Press (Minnesota) - Minnesota's share of transportation stimulus money is credited for 2,130 jobs
Federal economic stimulus aid has created 2,130 transportation construction jobs in Minnesota so far this year, and the program is on track to produce a projected 12,500 jobs over the program's two-year lifespan, state and federal officials said in a progress report...

'This part of the recovery act is working,' said [U.S. Rep. Jim] Oberstar, a Democrat from Chisholm, Minn.

The Minnesota Department of Transportation has committed $350 million of the $502 million in stimulus aid the state will receive for roads and bridges… Overall, the state Management and Budget Department expects Minnesota to receive at least $1.8 billion in stimulus aid for all programs.

Across the country, Oberstar said, transportation stimulus money will create jobs for about 250,000 of the 1.6 million laid-off construction workers by Labor Day. [Read More]

Phoenix Business Journal (Arizona) - EV charger manufacturing facility could add 750 jobs in Phoenix
When electric vehicle charging stations start cropping up around the Phoenix area, about 750 new workers will be developing a network that could one day span the country.

With the announcement that ECOtality Inc. and its subsidiary Electric Transportation Engineering Corp. will receive $99.8 million in federal stimulus funds to finance an electric vehicle charging infrastructure in partnership with Nissan Motor Co., the local company is on pace to add jobs and space to its facilities, said Don Karner, eTec's president.

The eTec announcement was part of a $2.3 billion grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act designed to bolster the electric car business by investing in infrastructure and battery technology. Karner said there have been attempts in the past to unleash electric vehicles on a mass market, but this time it might take hold. [Read More]

The Journal Sentinel (Wisconsin) - Johnson Controls wins big hybrid battery grant
Vice President Joe Biden announced that Michigan would get $1 billion in funding from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to help set up a domestic manufacturing base for next-generation batteries…

Johnson Controls received the largest single grant of 48 that were announced Wednesday, which 'underscores the company's leadership position' in the race to develop advanced batteries for cars and trucks, industry analyst David Leiker said.

The company's hybrid battery business, which was launched several years ago, now employs about 250 people, with between 80 and 90 based at Johnson Controls' headquarters campus in Glendale, she said. The Michigan factory will create 500 jobs for the Johnson Controls hybrid business. [Read More]

Summit Daily (Colorado) - Breaking ground with stimulus money
With a group of dignitaries on hand to turn ceremonial shovels of dirt, local officials marked the groundbreaking for a new fleet maintenance facility for Summit Stage buses and other county vehicles.

The existing facility was built in the 1960s and doesn't meet the needs of Colorado's fourth-largest transit system.

Other elected officials, including Congressman Jared Polis, State Sen. Dan Gibbs and State Rep. Christine Scanlan, hailed the project as an example of collaboration between federal lawmakers and state and local governments and agencies. [Read More]

The Press-Telegram (California) - Long Beach group to get job-training funds
Long Beach's Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network is one of four agencies to receive nearly $2 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding to provide job training to survey and clean up contaminated sites or 'brownfields'…

Pacific Gateway will get $452,212. The city plans to train 100 participants, graduate 70 students and place 53 graduates in environmental jobs through the proposed Long Beach Bioneers Academy, according to the EPA. [Read More]

The Denver Post (Colorado) - Colorado snags $50 million for electric cars
A Colorado company and a group of colleges and schools on Wednesday landed a $50 million slice of $2.4 billion in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds meant to support the development of advanced electric-drive vehicles.

The grant is expected to create 85 jobs, most of them training positions, said Gary Caille, director of the systems solution group at CSU Ventures, a nonprofit affiliated with the university. [Read More]

Business First of Columbus (Ohio) - Lancaster plant among winners of $2.4B in manufacturing stimulus grants
More than 40 companies and universities across the country were awarded with grant money for manufacturing programs, including Toxco Inc., which has operations in Lancaster. A battery recycling company, Toxco will receive $9.5 million to build a new plant that will test hydrothermal recycling of lithium-ion batteries from hybrid and electric vehicles. The investment is expected to create 35 jobs. [Read More]

Jacksonville Daily News (Florida) - Stimulus funds to be used for fire prevention in Croatan forest
National forests in North Carolina have received approximately $15 million to fund American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects.

Of the 19 projects, Croatan National Forest will benefit from six of them. The Croatan National Forest covers areas of Craven, Carteret and Jones counties.

Nearly all of the work for the ARRA project in the North Carolina's national forests will be accomplished through contracts, creating jobs and stimulating the economy… [Read More]

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