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Dow Constantine


New report: nearly 200 King County jobs created or retained with federal stimulus grants

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An updated report shows King County’s efforts to secure American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) federal stimulus grants for county programs is paying dividends in regional jobs created or retained and critical projects being funded. According to the June progress report, to date the county has been awarded 10 ARRA grants totaling $79,616,551 for county programs or projects. The federal money represents an estimated total of 193 jobs created or retained.

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An updated report shows King County’s efforts to secure federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) stimulus grants for county programs is paying dividends in regional jobs created or retained and critical projects being funded.

According to the June progress report, to date the county has been awarded 10 ARRA grants totaling $79,616,551 for county programs or projects. The federal money represents an estimated total of 193 jobs created or retained.

King County Executive office staffers are leading a team of county staff and partnering with regional representatives working to identify promising ARRA grant-eligible projects, shepherd them through the application process, and keep regional leaders and residents updated on the status of stimulus grant request efforts with monthly reports and the website https://recovery.kingcounty.gov.

Pending grants awaiting a decision represent potentially 464 more jobs that may be created or retained, down from the 604 reported in last month’s report. This drop reflects two grant applications that were denied in June. Several projects in the Workforce Training category are not included in total estimated potential jobs created and/or retained because of their short-term nature, such as the Youth Summer Jobs program, which put 530 young people to work this summer.

King County has applied for stimulus grants in a number of categories: Energy & Environment, Health, Housing & Human Services, Public Safety, Transportation, Technology and Workforce Training. The county is also collaborating with a number of regional and national partners on their grant applications, which may also provide benefits to King County and its residents and businesses.

The updated June report lists specific projects, status and dollar amounts, such as $408,355 awarded to help the county respond to increased demand for Health Care for the Homeless services, and $2,285,126 for the Neighborhood Stabilization Program to purchase and rehabilitate foreclosed properties for affordable ownership, leasing and homeless housing.

The full report is available at https://recovery.kingcounty.gov.



King County Executive
Dow Constantine
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