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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Today, President Obama awarded $2.3 billion in Recovery Act Advanced Energy Manufacturing Tax Credits for new clean-tech manufacturing jobs. The credits will fund 183 projects in 43 states, creating tens of thousands of high quality clean energy jobs and the domestic manufacturing of advanced clean energy technologies including solar, wind and efficiency and energy management technologies.

“Building a robust clean energy sector is how we will create the jobs of the future,” said President Obama. “The Recovery Act awards I am announcing today will help close the clean energy gap that has grown between America and other nations while creating good jobs, reducing our carbon emissions and increasing our energy security.” [1/8/10]

Earlier in the week, Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis announced $100 million in Recovery Act funds for green jobs training programs. The funds will go to 25 projects around the country. The programs are geared toward helping workers find jobs in the growing energy-efficiency and renewable-energy industries.

Austin Business Journal (Texas) - Austin receives $4.8M in stimulus green job funds

Austin will receive $4.8 million in stimulus funds for solar industry job development, U.S. Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) announced today.

The U.S. Department of Labor funds will support efficiency and renewable energy job training programs through the Electrical Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee.

“Green jobs have the ability to not only transform the way we do business, but repower America; this training will provide workers with the nuts and the bolts to construct a thriving clean energy economy right here in Central Texas,” [Congressman Doggett].

The program will train about 1,000 workers for immediately-needed solar power plant positions in Austin and San Antonio and support solar capacity-building in Arizona, Oklahoma, Kansas, New Mexico and Texas. [1/6/10]

WFMJ NBC-21 (Ohio) - Valley slated to get some of $100 million for 'green' jobs

Mahoning and Trumbull counties are among the areas designated to receive federal money to train workers for environmentally-friendly jobs.

Congressman Tim Ryan and U.S. Secretary of Labor Hilda Solis held a teleconference Wednesday morning to announce $100 million in energy partnership training grants.

'These critical funds mark this administration's commitment to advancing our economy through sustainable jobs and technology, sparking a 'green' revolution that I believe will be led by the people and companies of the 17th district and throughout Ohio. Manufacturing is our legacy; green manufacturing is our future,' Ryan said in the release. [1/7/10]

The Daily Journal (Illinois) - Fed grant to secure 'green jobs' training

Ironworkers Local 444 at Joliet will share in a $1.9 million federal grant for employment training 'for the next generation of green jobs,' U.S. Rep. Debbie Halvorson, D-Crete.

The funding is from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, which Halvorson supported last year.

'With projects such as wind farms going up throughout the 11th Congressional District, and iron workers helping to construct them, I'm very pleased to see these stimulus funds going directly to the 11th for job training for my constituents,' she said in a release. [1/7/10]

The Times Argus (Vermont) - Community action lands $5M grant

The folks over at the Central Vermont Community Action Council are pretty giddy after learning Wednesday that the nonprofit agency will be on the receiving end of one of the largest grants the U.S. Department of Labor has awarded under the $100 million Energy Training Partnership program.

'This is a big deal,' he said of the two-year stimulus grant that will enable CVCAC… to train some 2,400 Vermonters under a 'green jobs' program authored by Sen. Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.

The federal grant - one of 25 announced nationally Wednesday - will create immediate job opportunities as CVCAC and its partners move swiftly to hire the staff that will be needed to train 'unemployed and underemployed' Vermonters for a variety of environmentally friendly occupations, [CVCAC Executive Director Hal] Cohen said.

'One way to move our country toward energy independence, slow global warming and create good-paying jobs is to use energy in a smarter way,' Sanders said in a prepared statement. [1/7/10]

ABC News - SD Stimulus Spending Reported at $276 Million

Gov. Mike Rounds says South Dakota has spent $276 million of the $655 million in federal stimulus funds allocated to state agencies.

The report shows that 845 jobs were created or retained with stimulus money in the final three months of the year. The first report through Sept. 30 showed 1,237 jobs had been created or retained at that point. [1/7/10]

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