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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The St. Louis American (Missouri) - $500M in stimulus funds brings 200 jobs to St. Louis [MEMBER MENTIONED: William Lacy Clay (MO-1)]

U.S. Commissioner of Social Security Michael J. Astrue recently came to St. Louis for the opening of the fifth National Hearing Center on North Goodfellow Boulevard in the federal center.

The St. Louis National Hearing Center is the largest in the nation and is located with two other new Social Security facilities, National Case Assistance Center and the Midwest Training Center. The three facilities brought over 200 new federal jobs to St. Louis.

The project was funded by the Obama administration's American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. Missouri received $500 million in stimulus funds, and the National Hearing Center was completed in 10 months. The facility used to be a vacant ammunition building.

“The new Social Security facilities in St. Louis are prime examples of Recovery Act dollars at work,” Astrue said

“Any time we can do a better job at serving and saving taxpayers money at the same time, that is a double win,” said U.S. Rep. Wm. Lacy Clay. [8/11]

The Day (Connecticut) - Courtney: Health center addition means more care [MEMBER MENTIONED: Joe Courtney (CT-2)]

Two major initiatives of the Obama administration converged on a corner lot off Howard Street Wednesday, when a few shovelfuls of dirt were thrown to officially break ground for an addition to the Community Health Center.

About $900,000 in federal Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds will pay for the 3,700 square feet of new space, and 35 construction workers are being employed in the project. By expanding the health center so that it can house more doctors and nurses who can treat more patients, said U.S. Rep. Joe Courtney, D-2nd District, one of the goals of the Affordable Care Act - to make medical care more available and affordable to more people - is also being met.

'A lot of people think the recovery act is about projects like roads and bridges,' Courtney said during brief remarks before donning a hard hat to shovel dirt at the site, which is on the south side of the current health center in the Shaw's Cove complex. 'But $2 billion went to community health centers, along with health IT investments. Community health centers, we know, are the most efficient use of health care dollars.' [8/12]

The Poughkeepsie Journal (New York) - Taylor Recycling gets loan approval, close to building biomass facility [MEMBER MENTIONED: Maurice Hinchey (NY-22)]

The Taylor Recycling Facility got word Wednesday that the U.S. Department of Energy has given initial approval and is poised to give a final sign-off on a $100 million loan guarantee for the company to construct and operate a biomass facility here…

The project will create 400 local jobs in the construction phase and an additional 80 full-time positions in Orange County once the plant is in operation, according to a news release

'I'm delighted that the Taylor Biomass Energy proposal is now poised to become a reality now that the (Department of Energy) has given it the green light and is undergoing a final review process -- a stage which only a handful of projects across the nation have reached in applying for critical federal loan guarantees,' [Congressman Maurice] Hinchey said…

The $104 million loan guarantee program will be funded in part through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. [8/12]

South County Mail (Missouri) - Seymour business gets $1 million broadband Internet grant [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Ike Skelton (MO-4)]

As rural communities work to create economic development in their areas, the United States Department of Agriculture has announced that over $81.5 million in broadband Internet grants were awarded as part of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Through these competitive grants, Missouri telecommunications providers were awarded grants for rural broadband development projects.

One Webster County business has benefited from these funds as well. Finally Broadband of Seymour received a $1 million award to provide broadband Internet services to families and businesses. The network will benefit more than 100,000 people, 7,000 businesses and 400 community institutions[8/12]

The Gazette (Maryland) - Summer youth program introduces youth to health care field [DISTRICT MENTIONED: Donna Edwards (MD-4)]

When New Carrollton teenager Telmy Alfaro found out about a health care summer youth program via Riverdale's Multicultural Youth Center this spring, she knew it would give her early exposure to a hospital environment she sought as a nursing student.  But Alfaro, 18, got the last thing she was expecting to receive from the experience: a job.

Alfaro was among 40 Prince George's County youth who were awarded certificates Aug. 6 at Prince George's Hospital Center in Cheverly for their participation in the second annual Dimensions Health Care Summer Youth Academy…The academy youth come from the Summer Work Knowledge Equals Youth Success, or KEYS, Employment Program run through the PGCEDC Prince George's One-Stop Career Center in Largo.[8/12]

Fox 41 (Kentucky) - GE to receive federal money for energy efficiency [DISTRICT MENTIONED: John A. Yarmuth  (KY-3)]

General Electric is among three companies in Kentucky receiving federal money to upgrade their energy efficiency.

GE will get $2.5 million out of $3.35 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act money.  It will replace inefficient lighting, upgrade air conditioning and waste treatment systems, and replace a central steam heating system with more efficient systems.

Dirk Bowman, general manager of Appliances Manufacturing for GE, said in a news release, 'We are very pleased to receive these funds that help us continue our efforts to make Appliance Park as energy efficient as possible.  The projects funded through this grant contribute to our ability to manufacture products at Appliance Park, such as our new line of energy efficient hybrid electric water heaters.' [8/12]

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