46 posts categorized "economic stimulus"

January 10, 2010

Backroads Broadband

We ARE going to get there from here. The Backroads Broadband Program, which was proposed by Governor Jim Douglas in his State of the State address to the legislature last week, is aimed at making broadband a More...

November 15, 2009

Vermont, Challenged and Stimulated

Now, when recovery from the worldwide recession is beginning, Vermont has an opportunity to emerge with a stronger economy, a cleaner environment, a broader tax base, and better jobs than we had before the downturn. We also face the enormous challenges of far too many Vermonters out of work, a st More...

October 29, 2009

What The $69 Million Smart Grid Grant Will Mean to Vermont

The nearly $69 million dollar stimulus award Vermont utilities received from the federal Department of Energy (DoE) this week will have a much greater and long lasting effect on the Green Mountain State than hundreds of millions of dollars in stimulus band aids that we are also receiving. When th More...

October 18, 2009

Vermont’s Broadband Recommendations

Which broadband grant applicants does Vermont like or not like? That's the question the National Telecommunications and Information Administr More...

October 04, 2009

How Many Jobs Were Stimulated?

There's going to be a lot of controversy and confusion nationwide on October 30 when stimulus reports from states are made public on recovery.gov. The reported numbers for "jobs created or retained" will be particularly contentious since they will b More...

September 06, 2009

Broadband Stimulus in Vermont

Grants.gov kept crashing on August 14, the deadline for submitting applications for broadband stimulus funding; not to worry, the feds extended the deadline by six days – and even then had to allow submission of attachments to the application on CD by mail since their systems weren't yet stab More...

August 22, 2009

Where Are the Signs?

"How come there are no stimulus road projects in Vermont?" As Vermont's stimulus czar, I hear this question all the time.

"There are lots of stimulus-funded road projects in Vermont," I reply. But I know what's coming next.

"I just drove home throu More...

August 09, 2009

Vermont Utilities Unite to Seek $66 Million in Smart Grid Funding

All 20 Vermont electric distribution utilities (the people you buy electricity from); the transmission utility, VELCO, which brings electricity to them; and the efficiency utility, Efficiency Vermont, whose role is to reduce demand, have united to design a single $133 million plan for implementat More...

July 27, 2009

Readers’ Guide to the Education Funding Announcement

"$52 MILLION IN RECOVERY FUNDS NOW AVAILABLE FOR VERMONT TO SAVE JOBS AND DRIVE REFORM," says the headline of today's press release from the Federal Department of Education (www.ed.gov/news/pressreleases/2009/07 More...

July 13, 2009

Leveraged Stimulus

Q. When does $72,000 equal $1 million?

A. When leveraged, of course.

The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) is taking advantage of this financial magic trick. The stimulus bill (aka American Recovery and Reinvestment Act or ARRA) allocated $2.5 billion to USDA to encourage broadban More...

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