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Project Spotlight – U.S. Port of Entry at Forest City, Maine

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on September 21, 2011

Recipient: Overland Corporation

Award Amount: $5,619,983

The recipient reported that these Recovery funds would be used for:

  • Design and construction of the new U.S. Port of Entry at Forest City, Maine
  • Construction of all facilities, site utilities, roadways, parking areas, and the infrastructure for the buildings
  • Demolition of the existing facility

Project Status: Less than 50% complete

To see how funds were distributed between the project’s prime and sub recipients and to learn more about the project, check out the Award Summary or enter your zip code to find Recovery projects near you.

ARRA Funds Energy Efficiency Upgrades for West Virginia Courthouse

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on September 7, 2011

GSA LogoUsing Recovery funds, the General Services Administration (GSA) recently completed upgrades to improve energy efficiency at the Robert C. Byrd U.S. Courthouse in Charleston, West Virginia. The renovations included the installation of a new roof and 315 photovoltaic solar panels, upgrades to the parking garage, and adjustments to the heating, ventilation and cooling systems. Learn more about this project and read the full story by visiting the GSA website.

Department of Energy Completes Five ARRA Projects

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on August 24, 2011

Department of Energy LogoThe Department of Energy’s Environmental Management program recently completed five ARRA-funded projects at the Oak Ridge site.

The projects included: expansion of 2 landfills at the Oak Ridge Reservation, a 385,000 cubic yard expansion of the Sanitary Landfill (a designated area for non-hazardous waste), and the addition of another disposal cell with a capacity of 465,000 cubic yards.  The expansion allows for the local disposal of waste generated by environmental cleanup initiatives, eliminating costly shipping expenses.

Pre-demolition and demolition projects at the East Tennessee Technology Park and the Y-12 National Security complex were also recently completed.

Read more about the completion of these Recovery Act projects on the Department of Energy’s website.

Project Spotlight – Northwest Youth Corps Programs

Posted in Recipient reporting, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on August 15, 2011


Recipient: Northwest Youth Corps Program

Award Amount: $227,203
The recipient reported that these Recovery funds would be used to:

  • Offer youth employment and development opportunities
  • Create 29 work weeks (432 hours) for 11 youth participants ages 16-19 and two adult crew leaders to participate in Conservation Corps Programs
  • Fund youth stipends and transportation costs
  • Purchase tools and camping equipment

Crewmember work involved maintenance within the Okanogan-Wenatchee Forest in Washington. Reportable outcomes at project completion included:

  • 32.97 miles of trail maintained
  • 874 drainage structures installed
  • 9 stream crossings
  • 1,030 feet of turnpike built
  • 10 foot bridge built
  • 400 feet of puncheon built
  • 125 feet of trail decommissioned
  • 52 feet of retaining wall built
  • 8 check dams installed
  • 17 logs bucked out of the trail system

Project Status: Completed

To learn more about the project, check out the Project Summary or enter your zip code to find Recovery projects near you.

Recovery Act Funds Wood-to-Energy Installations

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on July 28, 2011

Forest Service LogoIn August 2009, $11.4 million in U.S. Forest Service Recovery Act grants were awarded to the State of Maine to help rural counties convert heating systems to wood/dual-fuel heating systems.  The grants fund a program designed to achieve energy savings, reduce dependence on non-renewable energy resources, reduce greenhouse emissions, and support sustainable forestry.

Visit the USDA Blog to read the full story and see pictures of how these grants are being put to use.

Native American Tribe Learning Computer Skills

Posted in Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on July 22, 2011

The University of Wisconsin-Extension (UWEX) in Madison was awarded $2.4 million under the National Telecommunications and Information Administration’s Broadband Technologies Opportunities Program. UWEX allotted $174,300 of the grant to underwrite computer classes that the university’s affiliate, the College of the Menominee Nation, offers free to tribe members.

Menominee veterans were some of those to take advantage of the computer classes.

View more pictures and read the full story here.

Annette Tourtillott Assisting Menominee Veteran with his email account.

Annette Tourtillott Assisting Menominee Veteran with his email account.

Project Spotlight – Dam Replacement in the Everglades National Park

Posted in Recipient reporting, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on July 11, 2011


Recipient: Jay Cashman, Inc.

Award Amount: $6,119,056
The recipient reported that these Recovery funds would be used to:

  • Construction two new dam structures to stop the    uncontrolled flow of seawater flushing into and out of the    Everglades.
  • Demolition of the failed existing dam structures
  • Clearing and removal of mangroves
  • Planting of new plants upon completion of the backfill
  • Replacement of rip rap
  • Installation of new channel marker piles and mooring piles
  • Installation of an access gangway and ramp for passage over the dam

Project Status: Completed

To see how funds were distributed between the project’s prime and sub recipients and to learn more about the project, check out the Award Summary or enter your zip code to find Recovery projects near you.

Project Spotlight – Nevada Public Transportation Improvements

Posted in Recipient reporting, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on July 5, 2011


Recipient: Nevada Department of Transportation

Award Amount: $7,350,247
These Recovery funds will be used to:

  • Purchase 42 new buses to replace buses that have      exceeded their useful life.
  • Construct a transit fueling and storage facility, as well as      22 new bus shelters
  • Construct a fiber optic communications system
  • Purchase fareboxes and automatic vehicle locators
  • Provide operating funds to run transit services

Project Status: More than 50% completed

To learn more about the project, check out the Project Summary or  enter your zip code to find Recovery projects near you.

Photo of the Week – New Chapter in Long Career with Recovery Act Job

Posted in Photo of the Week, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on May 24, 2011
Mike Jagger completes paperwork for the shipment of radioactive waste

Contributed to the Recovery.gov Flickr Group by: Argonne National Laboratory

Mike Jagger, whose job is funded by the Recovery Act, completes paperwork for the shipment of radioactive waste.

The Recovery Act allowed Argonne to hire Mike Jagger to work on decontaminating a former research laboratory, the Alpha Gamma Hot Cell. Read the full story »

To see more photos of Recovery projects or add your own photos, visit the Recovery.gov Flickr Group.

Recovery Funds PTSD App “iHeal”

Posted in Agency News, Recovery Projects/Awards by Recovery.gov on May 17, 2011

The National Institutes for Health has awarded two Recovery Act grants totaling $1 million to support scientific research to develop a new mobile application called “iHeal.”  Scientists at the University of Massachusetts-Worcester and the Massachusetts Institute for Technology are testing an app that responds immediately to physiological changes in a person suffering from Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) or substance abuse and proposes an appropriate intervention. Researchers say the technology would recognize “stressors that threaten a patient’s recovery and then [deliver] evidence-based interventions exactly at the moment of greatest need.”

If you think this app sounds pretty intelligent, it is! Learn how iHeal will work by visiting the HHS Recovery Site.