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The Kansas City Star (Missouri) - St. Louis-Chicago high-speed rail work to begin in September

Track upgrades needed to increase passenger train speeds and cut travel time between St. Louis and Chicago will begin in early September, Illinois Gov. Pat Quinn announced Tuesday.

Funded by federal stimulus dollars, the $98 million project will include new rails and concrete ties along 90 miles of Union Pacific track from just north of Alton to just south of Springfield, and another segment just north of Springfield to south of Lincoln. The work could be completed by year's end, state officials said.

Quinn said the project would put an estimated 900 people to work and would be a major step toward faster Amtrak service between St. Louis and Chicago.

President Obama's administration announced in January that Illinois would get $1.8 billion for high-speed passenger rail projects through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The allocation included $1.1 billion for the St. Louis-Chicago corridor. [7/21/10]

Philadelphia Business Journal (Pennsylvania) - Green jobs training growing in Philadelphia area

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Robert Brady (PA-1), Chaka Fattah (PA-2), Patrick Murphy (PA-8), and Allyson Schwartz (PA-13)]

The Energy Coordinating Agency of Philadelphia Inc. opened a green-jobs training facility last November and Bucks County Community College followed in April.

Additionally, the first two groups of trainees are scheduled to graduate next month from a green-jobs training program launched earlier this year by Community College of Philadelphia and funded with stimulus dollars.

ECA has put 600 people through its weatherization training program. About 180 of them were looking for jobs. The rest were already employed. [7/23/10]

KGO ABC-7 (California) - San Jose housing program welcomes first buyers

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Anna Eshoo (CA-14), Mike Honda (CA-15), Zoe Lofgren (CA-16)]

Federal stimulus money has funded a plan in San Jose to buy and rehab foreclosed properties. The city has purchased 12 homes so far and the first buyers are finally moving in.

There are two grants totaling $30 million. The immediate impact is a much needed boost to the construction industry.

'With the program, we have 12 homes right now, about five under construction so we are able to get a lot of folks back to work,' says Don Gross, a city building rehab inspector.

Over the next three years, the neighborhood stabilization program hopes to rehab 200 foreclosed properties in four target zip codes. [7/23/10]

The Press-Telegram (California) - Youth program has funding for summer positions

Merchants and business owners needing some summer help can still take advantage of the Pacific Gateway Workforce Investment Network's Summer Youth Employment Training Program.

The network has funding to fill an additional 400 positions this summer.

The Summer Youth Employment program is made possible through American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds and provides salaries and workers' comp for 1,500 eligible youth living in the Network's service areas of Lomita, Long Beach, Signal Hill and Torrance. [7/21/10]

The Daily Sentinel (Ohio) - ODOT updates ‘Capital Corridor' project

Since breaking ground in October, workers have logged more than 70,000 hours building the new 8.5-mile realignment of U.S. 33 at Nelsonville. The project, funded by the federal stimulus program, has employed 250 Ohio workers.

Phase II and III of the U.S. 33 Nelsonville Bypass have been funded from American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, allowing the project to be completed nearly six years ahead of Ohio Department of Transportation's construction schedule. It will likely be completed and open to traffic in 2013.

“This historic investment has been decades in the making,” said ODOT District 10 Deputy Director, Karen Pawloski. “Not only is this project going to make travel safer for motorists, but has already put more than two hundred fifty Ohioans to work in only nine months.” [7/22/10]

The Durango Herald (Colorado) - Corps puts kids, veterans to work

The Southwest Conservation Corps has doubled its workload as a result of a $4.2 million windfall from the stimulus package.

Chris Nesset, director of the Corps' Durango office, called the stimulus money a 'boon' to the nonprofit. She said the group has hired 219 people this summer as of Thursday.

…the corps puts people 12 to 30 years old to work on preservation and conservation projects across the Four Corners. [7/3/10]

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