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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

Cibola Beacon (New Mexico) - Wind farm hosts open house: Teague And Lundstrom Check Out Turbines Firsthand

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

Cibola County Commission Chairman Eddie Michael arranged a Red Mesa Wind Farm open house…for several local leaders including fellow commissioners, state representative Patti Lundstrom and Congressman Harry Teague.

Michael credited Teague and Lundstrom for their work “behind the scenes” that made the wind farm possible.

When we work together . . . we increase our energy independence, create jobs and strengthen our local economy,” said Teague.

Nextera received a $61 million tax credit for the project through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

Currently, the project is providing nearly 250 jobs[10/11/10]

Kansas City Star (Missouri) - $9 million in initiatives announced for Green Impact Zone

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Emanuel Cleaver (MO-5)]

Officials on Monday announced a multi million-dollar package of environmental initiatives that will keep the Green Impact Zone in central Kansas City steamrolling along.

The Green Impact Zone is an idea planted by U.S. Rep. Emanuel Cleaver, a Kansas City Democrat, to use federal stimulus funds to begin reviving the urban core.

Cleaver said the zone had won a $4.5 million grant from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act fund to weatherize 600 homes. [10/11/10]

The Trentonian (New Jersey) - Stimulus funds 'green' innovation in Princeton and Greater Trenton

[MEMBER MENTIONED: Rush Holt (NJ-12)]

Going Green is a key theme of President Obama's economic stimulus program, which has sunk millions of dollars into the development of new, cleaner sources of energy to heat homes, fuel cars and power everything else.

Twelve days ago, U.S. Energy Secretary Steven Chu and Rep. Rush Holt visited a company in Pennington, Applied Photovoltaics, to deliver a $1.1 million energy manufacturing tax credit to make even more advanced efforts to get buildings off old fashioned electricity and into a cheaper system.

Chu was accompanied by Holt, the six-term congressman, who told the workers that America should stop “viewing innovation as something to support only in booming economic times, we must (instead) recognize that innovation is vital to economic growth and job creation.” [10/8/10]

Belleville News-Democrat (Illinois) - Community college program helps LPNs earn advanced degree in just one year

[DISTRICT MENTIONED: R-John Shimkus (IL-19): Voted NO on Recovery Act]

As demand climbs for skilled health care professionals, Lewis and Clark Community College established an accelerated pilot program to help experienced nursing students earn an advanced degree in just one year's time.

Warren Ribley, director of the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity, announced Thursday that the college would receive a $309,440 workforce grant to support a Registered Nurse Bridge Program.

The grant is part of the $5.3 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) dollars being targeted by DCEO's Office of Employment and Training to fund programs statewide. The funds will be used to train more than 4,200 health care professionals in statewide programs as varied as electronic medical records conversion, online and weekend nurse training, and training RNs to teach more nurses. [10/11/10]

The Reporter (Pennsylvania) - Pennsylvania was big winner in ARRA program

For Pennsylvania, federal officials determined the commonwealth was the fifth-largest recipient of stimulus grant money in the country.

Last year, Pennsylvania received a $252 million grant from the Department of Energy to fund the state's Weatherization Assistance Program (WAP), designed to help low-income households decrease energy consumption and costs.

'When this is all done, we will have retrofitted more than 340,000 homes in a three-year period of time,' said E. Craig [Heim], executive director of the state's Office of Energy Conservation and Weatherization]. 'More than 1,000 new workers have been hired in this process…”

Goals of the stimulus include reducing the state's energy usage by the equivalent of powering 7,000 homes a year, weatherizing an additional 30,000 homes over the next three years and putting an estimated 940 Pennsylvanians back to work. [10/9/10]

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