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2009-10-13 11:00:00

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Technology firm Aconex has released a white paper outlining three critical challenges government agencies and project managers will experience when managing American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) projects, and how they can be overcome by using an online collaboration system. The three challenges are: the huge number of documents that will need to be managed; the time pressures; and the need to meet the stringent records management regulations....

2009-10-13 06:45:00

PASADENA, Calif., Oct. 13 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Jacobs Engineering Group Inc. (NYSE: JEC) announced today it has signed a contract with Amtrak, the National Railroad Passenger Corporation, to provide program management and construction management services for more than 100 infrastructure improvement projects (at over 360 locations) with the potential value in excess of $560 million being funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) economic-stimulus package....

2009-09-21 14:52:00

WASHINGTON, Sept. 21 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Speaker Nancy Pelosi released the following statement today following President Obama's speech in Troy, N.Y. on innovation and Energy Secretary Steven Chu's announcement in Washington on funding to modernize our electrical system and build a smart energy grid: "Today, President Obama reiterated a fundamental truth in America's economic history: innovation is the foundation for long-term prosperity. The President eloquently laid out a...

2009-09-14 11:58:00

SEATTLE, Sept. 14 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ -- Government spending at all levels will remain level or increase pace in the second half of 2009, as federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA)-funding continues to help stabilize state and local budgets, according to a mid-year report released today by Onvia, the leading provider of business-to-government solutions in the United States, covering the broadest set of industries and products at every level of government. Based upon...

2009-09-11 10:47:53

The first official White House report on the $787 billion stimulus spending bill provoked quick protest from Washington Republicans who voted against it. Presenting the report, Christina Romer, chairman of the president's Council of Economic Advisers, said the economic stimulus bill was absolutely working effectively. The report claims the $150 billion spent so far raised the U.S. economic output by about 2.3 percentage points in the second quarter, The Washington Post reported Friday. Rep....

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2009-09-04 11:10:00

Economic analysts said the $787 billion economic stimulus package was beginning to show up in the U.S. gross domestic product. In a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington, Vice President Joe Biden said the Recovery Act had a significant role in changing the trajectory of our economy. Instead of talking about the beginning of a depression, we are talking about the end of a recession, he said. It's a gigantic amount of fiscal stimulus and anyone who tells you it has had no impact,...

2009-09-02 10:42:00

Cash Assistance in Place of Earned Tax Credits to Spur Construction, Create Jobs HARRISBURG, Pa., Sept. 2 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Wind farms in Cambria and Schuylkill counties are among a dozen clean energy projects that will receive funding under an American Recovery and Reinvestment Act program that provides cash assistance to energy production companies in place of earned tax credits. The U.S. departments of Treasury and Energy this week announced a $42.2 million grant to Highland...

2009-08-31 08:05:09

About 350,000 U.S. citizens are losing out on $3 billion in unemployment benefits because their states are not taking action, an advocacy group said. The National Employment Law Project said the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act includes $7 billion in expanded unemployment benefits for states that make changes, such as decreasing the length of employment that qualifies an unemployed worker for benefits. If the states made the adjustments, some unemployed part-time workers would qualify...

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2009-08-28 06:10:00

On Thursday, the federal government announced that it had received requests totaling $28 billion from organizations needing high-speed Internet service. The government has roughly $4 billion in grants and loans currently available. The money will be used to connect rural homes and groups to the Internet. Officials hope the service will stimulate interest in groups who don't often use the Internet, and expand access in public locations like libraries and schools. Nearly all of the requests,...

2009-08-26 14:00:00

Eligible Investments May Receive 30 Percent Direct Payment Tax Credit HARRISBURG, Pa., Aug. 26 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- Investments in manufacturing facilities that support clean energy generation and conservation may qualify for a direct payment instead of waiting for a tax credit refund from the federal government thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. Department of Environmental Protection Secretary John Hanger today encouraged Pennsylvania businesses to take advantage...