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Barack Obama visiting battery plant to promote economic progress

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President Barack Obama will visit Jacksonville, Florida, in a trip that’s sure to re-spark debate about the successes and failures of the economic stimulus package that passed during his first weeks in office. The president will tour a lithium-ion battery plant funded through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. The legislation passed despite overwhelming Republican opposition. The White House says Obama on Friday will visit Saft, a company that manufactures high-tech batteries. Saft won a $95.5 million grant through the…

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WorkNet Pinellas wins $1 million to develop and expand weatherization training center

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The U.S. Department of Energy announced last week that 34 projects in 27 states, including $1 million for WorkNet Pinellas in St. Petersburg,  have been selected to receive $29 million under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act to develop and expand weatherization training centers across the country. These projects will provide green job training for local workers in energy efficiency retrofitting and weatherization services. With this training, skilled workers can help expand the use of energy efficient practices in America’s…

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Florida getting more stimulus money than predicted

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Florida is receiving much more economic stimulus money than Governor Charlie Crist predicted last year. Gina Jordan tells us the state is even ahead of schedule in the anticipated number of jobs created or saved by the federal funding. Don Winstead is Florida’s Economic Stimulus Special Advisor. He updated reporters Friday on the amount that Florida is expected to receive over the course of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act. It’s much more than the $12-billion the governor mentioned during…

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