Washoe County benefits from $16.2 million in stimulus funding


Washoe County Commissioners will receive a report at their meeting next week letting them know the various ways that Washoe County has benefited from more than $16 million worth of federal stimulus funding in the past two years.

The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009, commonly known as the federal stimulus funding program, has provided $16,238,432 to Washoe County in the past two years, creating and sustaining nearly 179 full-time, direct jobs for Northern Nevadans. Most of the stimulus funding is pass-through grants received by the state of Nevada and sub-granted to Washoe County, with a few as direct awards to the county. The awards are as follows (amounts are rounded):

  • $2.5 million:  Sierra  Fire Protection District to build a new fire station in the Arrowcreek area.
  • $3.76 million:  Regional Parks and Open Space for fire ecosystem restoration projects and urban forestry.
  • $1.4 million:  Manager’s Office for hazardous fuels reduction, homeless prevention and rapid rehousing.
  • $1.6 million:  Sheriff’s Office for vehicle idle technology, alternatives to incarceration, justice assistance, data-driven approaches to crime and traffic safety, the STOP Violence Against Women program and the Regional Aviation Enforcement Unit (RAVEN).
  • $809,414:  Public Works for the Sun Valley sidewalk continuation and solar photovoltaic installation on county buildings.
  • $720,000:  Water Resources for Heppner Phase 7, which provides community water service to 115 lots in the Heppner subdivision.
  • $86,561:  Senior Services for congregate meals and home-delivered meals.
  • $25,000:  Medical Examiner for missing and unidentified persons database participation.
  • $21,311:  Juvenile Services for summer work program and USDA equipment purchase.
  • $10,000:  District Attorney’s Office for investigations travel and training.
  • $5.7 million (projected 2-year total):  Social Services in the form of increased rate of federal reimbursement for foster care, adoption, Medicaid targeted case management and nursing home care.
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The full report with details for each award is located on the county’s website at http://www.washoecounty.us/large_files/agendas/042611/14b2.pdf.

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