State Capitol
Press Release
Oct. 12, 2009
Governor Kulongoski reports that Recovery Act is delivering results in Oregon
Report shows stimulus funding has helped thousands of Oregonians in every corner of the state including the creation/retention of more than 8000 jobs
 
(Salem) – Today as part of the first official report to the Federal government, Governor Ted Kulongoski announced the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (Recovery Act) has created and retained more than the equivalent of 8000 full-time jobs in Oregon since it was signed into law in February of this year. 
 
“With this report, I can say with full confidence that the Recovery Act provided Oregon a much needed parachute for what was a free falling economy,” Governor Kulongoski said at an event where he was joined by Oregon companies that are putting people to work because of the Recovery Act.
 
In addition to the jobs created in the first months of implementation, the Governor also highlighted the thousands of Oregonians assisted through food stamps, unemployment benefits and education funding during the first round of Recovery Act funding. 
 
Of the $3.9 billion that the state is expected to receive during this three-year program, approximately $1 billion has been expended – all of which is accounted for on the state’s website, but only $269 million of which falls within the new special reporting requirements collected during this first reporting period.
 
“This investment in states across the nation represents not only an unprecedented infusion of dollars to the state and local economies,” the Governor said. “It also represents an unprecedented level of public transparency and accountability for how those dollars are invested.”
 
Today the Governor also launched a new website that provides details of the first of what will be a quarterly report to the Federal government as part of the Governor’s commitment to transparency and accountability for these dollars.  The report provides detailed information about Recovery Act dollars that flowed through state channels relating to human services, public safety, housing, transportation, employment and education. 
 
“With our new website, you can see that thousands of Oregonians in every corner of the state have been touched by the Recovery Act,” the Governor continued. “Whether through food stamps, unemployment benefits or helping keep our school doors open – thousands of Oregonians have received a helping hand from our federal partners to help minimize the pain caused by this difficult economic period.”
 
This first report represented awarded and expended grants that were managed by the state through September 30, 2009.  Some highlights of this first report include:
  • Created or retained the equivalent of more than 8,000 full-time jobs statewide;
  • Helped preserve the equivalent of 20 school days during the 08-09 and 09-10 school years;
  • Funded more than 200 transportation projects across the state;
  • Provided direct assistance to thousands of Oregonians through unemployment benefits, food stamps and health related services.
 
Recovery Act recipients that received direct grants from the Federal government, such as local governments, private companies and non-governmental organizations are also required to report on expenditures, project status, and job creation, though they will report directly to the Federal government. That information will be accessible on the federal Recovery Act website when made available by the Federal government.
 
By the end of the month, the federal recovery website will have comprehensive data from states, local entities and private recipients to provide a one-stop portal of information for media and the public. 
 
The next quarterly report from the state is scheduled for January 2010.
 
For more information on report highlights, click here.
 
For Q&A on reporting requirements, click here.
 
To view the new state website, go to: www.oregon.gov/recovery 
 
For the federal recovery website, go to: www.recovery.gov 
 
  
Contacts:
Anna Richter Taylor, 503-378-6169
Rem Nivens, 503-378-6496        
Jillian Schoene, 503-378-5040
Courtney Warner Crowell, 503-378-3554
 

Page updated: October 12, 2009


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