Friday, September 19, 2014
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Two stimulus awards in Phila.

The Daily News highlights a stimulus award that's coming to the city, $129 million for an energy hub at the Navy Yard. The paper says this is good news:

Two stimulus awards in Phila.

The Daily News highlights a stimulus award that's coming to the city, $129 million for an energy hub at the Navy Yard. The paper says this is good news:

The money, from the Department of Energy, will go to a research consortium led by Penn State, and including the University of Pennsylvania, Drexel and other institutions. They will use the unique qualities of the Navy Yard to help create green-energy technologies. The hub is expected to create 1,200 jobs immediately, and another 100,000 jobs in the next decade.

The grant process was highly competitive, and although there is no official tally on our competition, we know that Pennsylvania (and Philadelphia) beat out the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, a research group in New York, and the University of California at Berkeley to name a few. So the energy breakthroughs that could come about from this award will improve not only the way we heat our buildings, but also how cool we consider ourselves, and our place in the world.

Last week, the Urban Affairs Coalition won an $11.8 million stimulus grant to bring broadband to low-income residents. From a press release from the Media Mobilizing Project, which was part of the coalition, and was hunting this money for a good long while:

In Philadelphia, the Sustainable Broadband Adoption program--called Freedom Rings--will increase broadband adoption through providing relevant training, specifically in skills development, education, healthcare, and media production. Trainings in computer literacy, workforce, and education skills will be integrated into existing social service programs the recipient organizations provide.

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