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News About the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act

The Register Guard (Oregon) - Research boost

The University of Oregon is getting more stimulus money than any other organization in Lane County…

As of Dec. 31, the end of the most recent reporting period, the UO had been awarded $40 million in federal stimulus funds, and it has spent about half of that. The lion's share is going to expenses that are at the core of the UO's mission: paying faculty and doing ongoing research.

Of the total, about $27.5 million will ultimately go to faculty salaries and benefits, and most of the rest will be doled out to a long list of research projects and graduate student support. The total allocation will help support 1,148 jobs, according to Oregon University System figures. [3/22/10]

The Palm Beach Post (Florida) - Workforce Alliance gets up to $27 million to fund 700 jobs

Palm Beach County employers soon might hire 700 workers, thanks to a federal economic stimulus package.

Workforce Alliance, the non-profit organization that helps job seekers find positions, said Friday it has received up to $27 million through the Florida Back to Work program.

Nearly 100 employers have expressed interest in hiring workers, Workforce Alliance's Don Scantlan said . They include Baron Sign Manufacturing of Riviera Beach, drug maker Sancilio & Co. of Riviera Beach, Palm Beach Gardens grocery store Nutrition S'Mart and Gulfstream Goodwill. [3/19/10]

Pittsburgh Tribune-Review (Pennsylvania) - Westmoreland groups to share $1.2 million in stimulus funding

About 75 jobs will be created through federal stimulus funding funneled to more than 30 programs in the county, officials at Westmoreland Community Action said.

The agency received $1.2 million through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, which gives appropriations for job preservation and creation, infrastructure investment and assistance to the unemployed.

Westmoreland Community Action is starting a nonprofit material reuse business with Demo Depot. It seeks to reduce waste by recycling building materials such as windows, doors, sinks and lights. The federal money will help in the search for a warehouse and will pay for staff and equipment.

Advanced Geo Solutions is a startup company that will provide 'green' energy design and installation services, primarily geothermal heating and cooling. Funds will be used to expand its services. [3/22/10]

Southern Maryland Newspapers - Fed funds received by local board

The Southern Maryland Workforce Investment Board has received almost $240,000 from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to be spent training unemployed workers for new jobs.

'Our objective is to team up with businesses that are recruiting. We realize there's a lot of professionals being laid off in various industries. They're applying for jobs and have the basic skills and aptitude to do those jobs, but because they haven't worked in those industries their applications are often overlooked,' Flowers-Fields [Regional Economic Development Director, Tri-County Council of Southern Maryland] said.

…it will focus on industries previously identified by the board as likely to grow: energy generation, health care, construction, finance and information technology, retail and hospitality. [3/19/10]

KPUA AM670 (Hawaii) - $3M to support healthy living on Kauai, Maui

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services has awarded $3 million to support healthy living while combating obesity on Kauai and Maui.

The grant will also be used to create infrastructure for production, distribution and processing of locally grown products, including links with schools, restaurants and grocery stores.

Hawaii Congresswoman Mazie Hirono said Friday that the money comes the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009. [3/20/10]

The Delaware County Daily Times (Pennsylvania) - DETOURS AHEAD: Snowy winter and federal stimulus money have spurred roadwork projects across county

Numerous PennDOT road and bridge projects in the five-county region, including Delaware County - with $348 million in federal stimulus funds - are popping up everywhere like early spring flowers.

From work on replacing 1,000 curb ramps along 13 state roads …to installation of Intelligent Transportation System components on I-95 in the county and Philadelphia, and the Blue Route (I-476) in the county, work crews are in top gear.

“This will be a very busy year for construction projects in the Philadelphia region and throughout the state,” said Lester C. Toaso, district executive of District 6, which includes Delaware County.

“The number of projects that we bid out for construction has been over $640 million worth of projects over 2009-10, and that's a combination of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act projects and our regular construction program,” Toaso said.

PennDOT has 24 of its 30 projects funded with $258 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds in the five-county region, which have moved to construction. [3/22/10]

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