More stimulus dollars funded by the Recovery Act are on their way to Southern Minnesota. A press release from Walz's congressional office:
CONGRESSMAN WALZ ANNOUNCES $326,000 IN DEPARTMENT OF DEFENSE FUNDING FOR SOUTHERN MINNESOTA NATIONAL GUARD FACILITIES
Funding Comes from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009
(Washington, DC) – Today, Congressman Walz and the Department of Defense (DoD) announced $326,000 in funding for improvements to DoD/MN National Guard facilities in southern Minnesota. St. Peter’s National Guard Armory will receive $156,000 and Jackson’s National Guard Armory will receive $170,000 to install backup heating units. The funding is being provided by the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA).
“This modernization of our National Guard facilities in St. Peter and Jackson will put people to work and enhance the quality of life for our troops who regularly train in these facilities,” said Walz. “This is our down-payment on ensuring that our Guard is ready to meet the security challenges of the 21st century.”
DoD Recovery Act funds will be spent at DoD facilities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Guam and Puerto Rico. The primary purpose of these funds is to create jobs and stimulate economic activity across the country. All projects focus on making much-needed improvements to military installations, including hospitals, child development centers, and housing for troops and their families.
ARRA funds are also being used to support DoD high priority programs such as care for wounded warriors and energy security. Facility improvement projects include many energy conservation measures. $300 million of ARRA funds will be used on military energy research programs so that the DoD can continue to lead the way in the national effort to achieve greater energy independence.
The DoD intends to spend ARRA funds as quickly as possible with full transparency and accountability. To view a complete list of the specific projects announced today, please visit http://www.defenselink.mil/recovery and http://www.recovery.gov. The DoD will continue to use these websites to post future announcements related to ARRA funding.