50 posts categorized "economic stimulus"

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...

June 28, 2009

How Much Stimulus Money Has Reached Vermont?

As of June 24, Vermont state government had posted actual cash receipts to its coffers of $74,846,608 from the federal government of funds authorized under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA aka the stimulus bill). This does not count stimulus money which does NOT pass through state More...

June 15, 2009

The Most Popular Stimulus Funds Are Gone

"We have a great library project shovel-ready," the lady from Morristown told me. It was my second day on the job as Vermont's Chief Recovery Officer; I asked her to tell me about it. "Repaving projects don't put carpenters to work; our construction project will." She was right, of course; but Mo More...

June 08, 2009

Stimulus and Recovery on Community Access TV

Telling you about stimulus opportunities is a big part of our job at the Office of Economic Stimulus and Recovery. Community Access TV provides in depth coverage which lets us get into the details of the very complex American Reinvestment and Recovery Act (ARRA better known as the stimulus bill) More...

May 31, 2009

Broadband for EVERYbody

We used to think it was enough to make broadband accessible everywhere. That's no longer good enough. We now need to make sure that everyone actually has broadband in his or her residence and business. Everyone! (voluntary cave dweller excepted). Our goal in Vermont is to combine stimulus mon More...

May 15, 2009


Yesterday Governor Jim Douglas announced that Vermont has submitted its claim for $21,999,000.00 in stimulus money for renewable energy projects. You can read that announcement at http://recovery.vermont.gov/news/22mRenewable. This is fo More...

May 03, 2009

Is Vermont Moving Fast Enough?

My last post complained that federal agencies are not moving quickly enough to make the rules and give out the money for competitive stimulus programs in crucial areas like broadband and energy. Getting these proj More...

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