Ohio Uses Stimulus to Create Jobs, Improve Communities
Posted with permission from PolicyinPractice.org and the law firm of Carpenter, Lipps & Leland LLP
Last week Ohio reported that between October 31 and December 31, 2009 over 20,000 jobs have been created or retained as a direct result of the stimulus funding. This funding, provided at a critical time has made the difference to Ohio’s families. Towns and villages across the state have seen the direct result of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA). For many communities stimulus is not only creating and retaining jobs, but also solving problems that would otherwise remain undone due to a lack of funds. The following are just two examples of how it’s working in Ohio.
The Village of Buckeye Lake has a little over 3000 residents and sits on a 3300-acre lake where Ohioans enjoy fishing, boating, and a variety of other water related recreation activities. Despite this setting, t remains one of the largest villages in the state with out a public supply of drinking water. Thanks to the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will soon change. $5 Million dollars of ARRA funding will establish a drinking water distribution center at a rate affordable to Buckeye Lake’s residents. Once completed, this system will provide clean drinking water to 1,200 households, improving life not only for current residents, but also making the Village more attractive for prospective buyers. Clean water isn’t the only positive outcome. The project which broke ground in June of 2009 is expected to create about 50 jobs. The distribution center is expected to be completed in July 2010.
Ohio forests and the communities in and around them are also directly befitting from the stimulus. The Ohio Department of Natural Resources Forestry Division received a $4.4 Million grant from the US Forestry Service to create the Ohio Woodland Conservation Job Corp. Using these funds, the Ohio Woodland Conservation Job Corp will work to remove invasive species from state forests. Each year these invasive species result in a loss of quality hardwoods. This loss causes a severe hardship for Ohio’s $15 billion wood industry. A portion of the ARRA grant will fund 66 members of the Woodland Conservation Job Corp to work a total of 1000 hours each in state forests throughout the state. A new class of Job Corp members will start work in April of 2010.
In the next few months, Policy in Practice will be sharing additional stories of Ohio’s renewal.