For Immediate Release
February 18, 2010
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Today, on the one-year anniversary of the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), Mayor Thomas M. Menino was joined by cabinet members and local residents to release a one-year report highlighting the use of ARRA funding in Boston. With $309 million for current and future projects in Boston, the city will generate nearly $460 million to the regional economy, creating over the next four years 1,200 full-time equivalent jobs and more than 1,500 additional “spinoff” jobs.
With local residents directly impacted by ARRA funding standing by his side – an entrepreneur who started a small niche business, a young teacher and police officer whose jobs were saved and construction workers renovating public housing complexes throughout the city – Mayor Menino provided the highlights of Recovery Act dollars at work in Boston:
- $10 million for the ongoing $31 million renovation of the Washington Beech housing complex in Roslindale, providing 109 full time equivalent jobs;
- $1.86 million for the job training of 234 out-of-work adults in the computerized office support, health care services and commercial driving;
- $1.075 million to stabilize more than 20 small businesses through capital improvements and short term rental assistance;
- $32.25 million for Boston Public Schools programming, providing 215 total full time jobs, including $15.6 million to save the jobs of 180 teachers, $5.5 million for improved and expanded literacy instruction, $4.2 million for programming to close access gaps for English Language Learners (ELL) featuring 15 English as a Second Language (ESL) instructors, $1 million for assistive technology equipment and software for students with autism,;
- $11.8 million for the retention of 50 police officers over four years and $1.29 million for 9 crime analysts in the Boston Regional Intelligence Center - Boston's crime rate is the lowest it has been in 40 years;
- $2.54 million for 880 youth summer jobs last summer, 70 older youth transitional jobs and 350 youth summer jobs for this summer.
“With this funding Boston has continued to move forward despite a very tough economic climate,” said Mayor Menino. “We have kept police officers on the streets and reduced violent crime by nearly 40 percent. We have kept teachers in the classroom and expanded ELL, literacy and autism programming. We have placed Boston youth in critical summer jobs, keeping them off the streets and out of trouble. This is what we have done but this is only the beginning – there is so much more that we must do.”
To date, Boston boasts one of the best grant application success rates in the country, netting nearly 80 percent of all grants applied for since the ARRA was enacted one year ago. Projects funded by the ARRA that are slated to begin soon and are listed in the one-year report include:
- $43 million in transportation enhancements beginning this spring with the $16.5 million Dorchester Avenue Project, a $5 million investment in improved technology for intelligent transportation systems and $21.5 million for the resurfacing of 75 streets citywide equaling nearly 20 miles and providing approximately 69 full time jobs;
- $22 million for the $40 million Phase 1 redevelopment of the Boston Housing Authority's (BHA) Old Colony public housing complex in South Boston creating 136 full time jobs;
- $10 million for over 600 bathroom upgrades at the BHA's two oldest family developments the Charlestown and the Mary Ellen McCormack in South Boston creating 33 full time jobs and $11 million to create a model green public housing renovation at the Cathedral Development in the South End requiring 37 full time workers.
On Friday, Mayor Menino is meeting with Valerie Jarrett, Senior Advisor to President Obama, to pledge his support and offer his ideas to the Obama Administration as it works with Congress to pass a jobs bill. The Mayor is supportive of a new jobs bill that helps small businesses gain access to more capital, provides more direct funding to cities and includes year-round funding for youth jobs - three areas that received great amounts of funding, and therefore help, via the Recovery Act in this bad economy.
Bill Hartford, owner of the South Boston Running Emporium and Justin Crosby, a 22-year-old Boston Peace Fellow who received a summer job because of Recovery Act funding, both spoke at the press conference and are featured in a group of six videos regarding the ARRA posted on the city's Recovery Act website, along with the full one-year report, at cityofboston.gov/recovery.
The Mayor thanked Boston's congressional delegation including Senator John Kerry and Congressmen Michael Capuano and Stephen Lynch, for their continued support in bringing ARRA funding to Boston.