Archive for the ‘American Recovery & Reinvestment Act ARRA’ Category

Block Grant Program aimed at conservation

by Becky Gillette Published: August 31,2009

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Mississippi is receiving $9.6 million for energy efficiency Mississippi is receiving $9.6 million in funds designated to make state, county and city governments more energy efficient by reducing total energy use and fossil fuel emissions. The federal stimulus bill, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), has allocated the money to the Community Development Block Grant […] [...]

Energy plan a win-win for everyone

by Becky Gillette Published: August 31,2009

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Mississippi’s plan will help public and private sectors save energy dollars Some economists are predicting the end of the recession late this year or early next year. But, it is hoped that the benefits of Mississippi’s State Energy Plan (SEP) will continue to pay dividends in the form of lower energy bills for many years […] [...]

What the ARRA can do for your small business

by For the MBJ Published: August 31,2009

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On Feb. 17, 2009, President Obama signed into law a substantial piece of legislation. The new legislation known as the ARRA contains over 300 changes to the Internal Revenue Code.  The tax benefits for businesses will exceed $75 billion for 2009 and 2010 by offering numerous incentives.  Following are only a few of the highlights: […] [...]

STAYING AT HOME

by Becky Gillette Published: August 31,2009

Tags: forclosures, homeless, HUD

  Housing Relocation and Stabilization Program to help prevent homelessness   In the past, homelessness has been mostly a problem in big cities, and has often been more common with single people than families. But with the current recession, high unemployment rates and record high levels of foreclosures in the first six months of 2009, there […] [...]

Incentives for adoption of electronic health records under ARRA

by For the MBJ Published: August 31,2009

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The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (“HHS”) announced on June 16, 2009, that it has begun the process to define “meaningful use” of electronic health records (“EHR”) under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009.  President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 (ARRA or “Act”) on Feb. 17, […] [...]

Clearly defined roles are key to green success

by For the MBJ Published: August 31,2009

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Green, not the color, but an increased environmental sensitivity, conservation and energy efficiency, is sweeping the nation. Green building development is proving to be one of the hottest trends in commercial real estate development. The federal government has also made green building development a priority. Even without incentives or directives from the federal government, green […] [...]

Putting families back in homes

by Becky Gillette Published: August 31,2009

Tags: foreclosure, neighborhoods, vacant homes

  Neighborhood program putting families back in their homes   There can be a snowball effect when a large number of foreclosures hit a neighborhood. Who wants to buy a home when prices are declining and many homes in the neighborhood are vacant with unkempt yards because of foreclosures? But, now there is an opportunity to […] [...]

Coordinating infrastructure projects

by Lynn Lofton Published: August 31,2009

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Metropolitan planning organizations keep eye on projects that have short timeline Transportation improvements are coming to Mississippi thanks to the federal stimulus package which allocated $354 million to the Mississippi Department of Transportation for statewide projects. These infrastructure projects are being coordinated through MDOT’s Planning Division with metropolitan planning and development organizations representing all areas […] [...]

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