President Obama has made job creation a top priority in the nation's continuing economic recovery, hosting a jobs forum at the White House and calling for similar meetings across the country to make sure every good idea is explored. The Recovery Act continues to be instrumental in providing funds to states and municipalities to keep Americans working and, at the same time, make needed improvements to the nation's infrastructure and prepare workers for the economy of tomorrow. Reports of these successes are coming in from media across the country:
Ohio Gets Billions From ARRA, Enabling It To Balance Its Budget And Save The Jobs Of Many State Employees, As Well As Invest In Energy And Environment Projects. "When the federal stimulus program was announced last year, Ohio figured it would get around $8.2 billion. But the state already has surpassed that by $1 billion and could get another billion before the program ends... Experts say the money that helped Ohio balance its budget saved the jobs of many state employees."
Stimulus Funding Goes To Bay Area Jobs Program That Is 'Almost Too Good To Be True.' "The federal stimulus bill set aside $5 billion to subsidize jobs for needy families. California gets $1.8 billion of that to dole out to counties which can use the money to get unemployed people into jobs. San Francisco was one of the first to get the program off and running."
More Than $1 Billion From ARRA Is “Flowing Freely” Into The Bay Area, Flooding University Research Coffers, Boosting Transportation Projects, Improving Infrastructure, And More. "More than $1 billion from the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act is flowing freely into the Bay Area, flooding university research coffers and boosting transportation projects such as the long-awaited Caldecott Tunnel expansion and the BART-Oakland Airport people mover, funding high-tech baggage screening equipment at San Francisco International Airport and improvements to Caltrain in San Mateo County.”
Missouri Gets $1.2 Million Stimulus Grant For Green Jobs. "Missouri has won a $1.2 million grant funded by the federal stimulus package for research on ‘green’ occupations and the skills needed for these jobs... Nearly 5 percent of Missouri’s total employment, or more than 130,000 positions, are now tied to the green economy, according to a report released this month."
Stimulus Funds Go To 14 Road Improvement Projects In Ouachita Parish. "Fourteen road improvement projects in Ouachita Parish being funded with federal stimulus monies have been scheduled to go out for bids in February. The state Department of Transportation and Economic Development will let projects in February for Monroe, West Monroe and in the parish as part of the state's expenditure of federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds...West Monroe Mayor Dave Norris expects his city's six projects to be under construction in the spring."