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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.

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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