Thursday, December 25, 2014

STIMULUS WATCH: Green jobs for ex-offenders

Some stimulus money will help create green jobs Link: City targets stimulus money for safety, jobs [Inky]

STIMULUS WATCH: Green jobs for ex-offenders

Some stimulus money will help create green jobs 

Nearly $2.4 million will go for a green jobs-training program for ex-offenders and a partnership to teach at-risk youths to create and restore murals.

The two programs should create an estimated 280 jobs over the next several years, the mayor's office said.

"That is a great use of these dollars," Nutter said.

This was the third time this month that the city has received federal stimulus money as part of the $787 billion American Recovery and Reinvestment Act.

On June 8, Nutter announced that the city would use $12.7 million in federal money to help pay for $30 million in street repaving. On Monday, Philadelphia International Airport got $26.6 million from the federal government for two new baggage-screening and explosive-detecting systems.

The $13.5 million announced yesterday came from a long-standing Department of Justice grant program that the recovery act expanded.

Nutter said spreading that money around reflected his belief that crime-fighting and prevention must be tackled by a wide range of city agencies and nonprofits.

"Public safety is not just an effort carried out by the Police Department," he said.

About this blog
Every year, city government spends slightly more than $4 billion. Where does all that money come from? More importantly, where does it go? Are we getting the most bang for our tax buck? “It's Our Money” is a joint project between Philadelphia Daily News and WHYY, funded by the William Penn Foundation, designed to answer these questions.

It's Our Money contributors

Tips? Comments? Questions?

Holly Otterbein:

It's Our Money
Also on
Stay Connected