Governor Kulongoski and Congressman Schrader tout federal stimulus investments
Stimulus weatherization funding expected to add 900 jobs statewide
(Salem) - Governor Ted Kulongoski and U.S. Congressman Kurt Schrader today highlighted the economic impact and job creation potential of $38.5 million from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) for weatherizing low-income homes throughout the state.
“These dollars will deliver an immediate and long-term benefit for communities across the state,” Governor Ted Kulongoski said. “Not only will jobs be created for the short-term, but energy costs for Oregonians will be reduced in the long-term in addition to strengthening Oregon’s green building infrastructure.”
The $38.5 million investment is expected to create 900 jobs statewide. For Marion and Polk counties, $2.9 million is scheduled to weatherize up to 1500 homes for the creation of approximately 100 jobs over the next three years.
“Federal recovery dollars are putting Oregonians to work now,” said Schrader. “Today’s announcement represents almost 100 jobs in the Marion-Polk region for this project. Across Oregon more programs like this one are seeing recovery funding that will provide critical jobs for thousands of Oregon families.”
The Governor and Congressman were joined in the event by workers from Orr Insulation of Salem. The company’s principal, Travis Orr, told onlookers that his business is doing well. He has recently hired employees and said he may be adding staff to fulfill anticipated new work driven by the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act investments in addition to the $1,500 federal energy tax credit.
“These federal stimulus dollars will create much needed private sector jobs and triple the number of low income homes in the Mid-Valley that can be weatherized to provide greater energy efficiency – saving as many as 1500 low-income families thousands of dollars in heating and cooling bills every year,” said Senate President Peter Courtney (D-Salem/Gervais/Woodburn). “No one program is going to be a cure-all, but by combining federal recovery dollars, the 'Go Oregon' state stimulus package, a statewide transportation plan and other proposals we can slowly begin to climb rung by rung out of this economic pit.”
Bids on the weatherization projects are expected to go out this summer and fall with projects breaking ground over the next six months. The Oregon Housing and Community Services Department will facilitate the funding to local community action agencies.
If you are interested in learning how to apply for the low-income weatherization program or are a contractor interested applying for designation to weatherize, click here.
Anna Richter Taylor (Governor), 503-378-6169
Courtney Warner (Oregon Economic Recovery), 503-378-3554
James Atkin (Congressman Schrader), 202-225-5711