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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Business First of Louisville (Kentucky) - Stimulus-funded program provided 814 summer jobs

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: John Yarmuth (KY-3) and R-Brett Guthrie (KY-2): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

The WorkNow Kentucky program provided jobs for 814 residents of Jefferson and Bullitt County last summer, according to the office of Louisville Metro Mayor Jerry Abramson.

A total of 107 private businesses, nonprofit organizations and government agencies employed WorkNow Kentucky participants in the two counties. More than 700 participants worked 30 hours or more each week.

The 772 Jefferson County and 42 Bullitt County young people who participated were among nearly 10,00 disadvantaged Kentuckians hired statewide through the program, which was funded by $46 million in federal funds from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. [10/8/10]

The Kingston Daily Freeman (New York) - Colleges use federal aid to help kick-start economy

…the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act provided funding to area colleges to help spur the economy in a number of ways.

In Columbia and Greene counties, money was funneled through the local community college to help individuals find new work or get training for a new career.

Mary-Alane Wiltse, director of the Columbia Greene Workforce Investment Office, said money came to the agency through the Columbia-Greene Community College in Greenport. She said the office received $154,000 for youths, helping approximately 65 students get temporary jobs at non-profit organizations and internships with private businesses.

In neighboring Ulster County, two grants went to Ulster County Community College in Stone Ridge for job training and summer youth employment…

The college was able to train 25 individuals through that grant… [10/7/10]

The Times Herald (Pennsylvania) - Construction workers aided by local ‘stimulus' project

The development of Derstine Run in Hatfield and Towamencin townships -- a project funded by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) of 2009 -- is a temporary job for subcontractors managed by general contractor Harkins Builders of Marriottsville, Md., and Media, Pa.

However, the joy of having a job retained due to the stimulus package is a permanent feeling for those involved with the project.

According to Karen Barbrow, of Advanced Living Communities, the company that will own Derstine Run and currently oversees Schwenkfeld Manor in Towamencin, the development will create 25 new construction jobs and will retain a total number of 148 jobs. [10/7/10]

The Morning Journal (Ohio) - Lorain, Elyria, LCCC agree school funds helpful

[DISTRICTS MENTIONED: Marcy Kaptur (OH-9) and Betty Sutton (OH-13)]

Local school officials knew they had to make the money last when Lorain County Community College and the Lorain and Elyria school districts received federal stimulus funding through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

All agree that the money did its job.

At LCCC, the funds have been used for three specific reasons: to help retrain displaced or laid off workers, to keep tuition the third lowest in the state and to provide financial aid to students who work part-time campus jobs.

To date, more than 600 students found jobs through a program called Make Your Layoff Payoff.

Lorain City Schools had four pots of money to work with: Title 1, Early Childhood Special Education, Special Education and State Fiscal Stabilization Funds (SFSF). 

Over two years, the district has used more than $4 million to keep kindergarten teachers, safety officers and media clerks/librarians with SFSF money. [10/7/10]

Cibola Beacon (New Mexico) - Grants Cuts Ribbon For New Bridge

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Harry Teague (NM-2)]

Nearly 30 people, community leaders and residents, gathered to officially open the [Nimitz] bridge as rainwater flowed steadily beneath it.

The structure cost nearly $1 million and was paid for by stimulus funds.

Joshua Sanchez, a representative of Congressman Harry Teague's office, said, “Teague was very glad to be a partner in helping access the funds.”

Sanchez read Teague's statement to the crowd: “I feel the bridge is simply another success story in regard to the federal stimulus program in which I supported. The funds are putting American back to work. I am eager to be a part of another project . . . together we can find solutions to our problems.” [10/7/10]

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