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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Yesterday, Vice President Joe Biden announced $452 million in Recovery Act funding for energy efficiency building retrofits in 25 communities across the country.  Under the Department of Energy's Retrofit Ramp-Up initiative, communities, governments, private sector companies and non-profit organizations will work together on pioneering and innovative programs for concentrated and broad-based retrofits of neighborhoods and towns - and eventually entire states.  The program is expected to create about 30,000 jobs across the country during the next three years.

'For forty years, Earth Day has focused on transforming the way we use energy and reducing our dependence on fossil fuel - but this year, because of the historic clean energy investments in the Recovery Act, we're poised to make greater strides than ever in building a nationwide clean energy economy,' said Vice President Biden.  “This investment in some of the most innovative energy-efficiency projects across the country will not only help homeowners and businesses make cost-cutting retrofit improvements, but also create jobs right here in America.' [4/21/10]

Seattle Post Intelligencer (Washington) - Seattle gets $20 million in 'green' energy stimulus funds

The City of Seattle will get $20 million in federal stimulus funding for energy retrofits for structures like single family homes, businesses and hospitals.

The city will use the money to support the creation of the Seattle Neighborhood WEB (Weatherize Every Building) Initiative, a targeted energy efficiency retrofit effort that stretches from downtown to the Rainier Valley.

The retrofits will reduce an estimated 71,000 metric tons of greenhouse gas emissions, the city said, and create 2,000 jobs. [4/21/10]

Arizona Republic - Phoenix lands $25 million for green projects

Phoenix on Wednesday nabbed a $25 million economic-stimulus grant from the U.S. Department of Energy to make buildings greener along a 10-mile stretch of light rail.

The federal grant will provide seed funding for Energize Phoenix, a partnership with Arizona State University and Arizona Public Service aimed at improving the energy efficiency of aging homes and businesses in an area designated as the 'Green Rail Corridor.'

'My focus on working with Washington and the Administration continues to pay dividends to our residents. This game-changing grant will create more than 2,000 jobs, save our residents money, and help the environment,' [Mayor Phil] Gordon said in a statement. [4/21/10]

Baltimore Business Journal (Maryland) - Maryland awarded $20M in stimulus funds for energy programs

Maryland was awarded Wednesday $20 million in stimulus funds for energy efficiency programs.

Gov. Martin O'Malley said the money will create up to 5,400 jobs in the state and impact 4,000 families who own or rent homes. The funds will also go toward commercial properties.

A projected 900 historic commercial properties in the state will benefit from energy audits and low-interest retrofit financing, officials said. [4/21/10]

The Post Crescent (Wisconsin) - Wisconsin gets $20 million for energy efficiency projects

Energy efficiency projects in Wisconsin will get a boost in the form of $20 million in economic stimulus money, Vice President Joe Biden announced Wednesday.

The money will go to the Wisconsin Energy Conservation Corp., based in Madison, to help commercial and residential building owners make their buildings more energy-efficient.

'This funding will put people to work in good-paying jobs, save residents and businesses on their energy bills and reduce our greenhouse gas emissions,' Sen. Herb Kohl, D-Wis., said in a joint statement with Sen. Russ Feingold, D-Wis., and Rep. Gwen Moore, D-Milwaukee. 'This program will create a model that can be replicated across the state.' [4/22/10]

The Union Star (Virginia) - New Report Shows Taxes Cut for 98% of Virginians in 2009

Congressman Tom Perriello today applauded a new report showing that 98% of working families and individuals in Virginia benefited from at least one of the tax cuts enacted by Congress and signed into law. Most of these tax cuts are a result of the American Recovery or Reinvestment Act, or stimulus bill, which Perriello supported.

'I'm proud to have supported the largest middle-class tax cut in American history, which will not only allow Virginians to keep more of their hard-earned money, but give a much-needed boost to our small businesses as they rebound from the recession,' said Perriello. 'With 98% of Virginians receiving a tax cut in 2009, it's clear that we delivered on the promise to provide tax relief to working families.'

The new report, issued by Citizens for Tax Justice, found that working individuals and families in Virginia received, on average, $1,229 from four tax breaks enacted by Congress. [4/21/10]

Dothan Eagle (Alabama) - Summer jobs program aimed at low-income youth

A summer jobs program funded by stimulus money is aimed at providing temporary employment from May to June for youth from low-income families.

The program will provide jobs for about 1,450 young people ages 16-24 from May 3 to Aug. 13. The programs will provide jobs in a variety of fields at government and not-for-profit agencies, including health care, landscaping, clerical duties and maintenance of state parks and buildings. [4/21/10]

The Daily Herald (Tennessee) - Marshall Co. residents land jobs funded by stimulus

Unemployed Marshall County residents turned out in droves Tuesday to compete for 175 jobs funded with federal stimulus money.

Gov. Phil Bredesen announced earlier this month that up to $3 million in stimulus funds would be allocated to put people back to work in Marshall County…

The state will use that money to pay six months worth of salaries for at least 125 new employees at private businesses and another 50 at the Tennessee Department of Transportation. [4/21/10]

Portland Business Journal (Oregon) - Providence Cancer Center gets stimulus funds

Providence Cancer Center announced Wednesday that it has been awarded $2.8 million in federal stimulus funds to bolster its patient care and research.

It is one of 14 sites chosen to join the federal National Cancer Institute's “Community Cancer Centers” program. Another 16 sites were already enrolled in the program.

“This recognition is great news for Oregon,” U.S. Rep. David Wu said in a statement. “Cancer patients from the coast to Portland and beyond will benefit.” [4/21/10]

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