Cenla recipient of millions in Recovery Act money

Through the U.S. Recovery Act, the state of Louisiana received $554,554,215 with the top recipients being the state Department of Transportation and Development, the Governor’s Office, the State Department of Natural Resources, the City of New Orleans and the Louisiana State Department, according to Recovery.gov, an official government Web site.

The 5th Congressional District, which includes portions of Central Louisiana, was the third highest district in the state relating to the number of jobs created. There were 351.5 jobs created with a value of $238,44,532.

Here are some of the recipients and what the money received will be used for:

  • Boys & Girls Club of Central Louisiana, $42,500: hiring staff for mentoring program
  • City of Alexandria, $177,284: Weatherization of 35 homes
  • City of Alexandria, $200,000: Performing environmental assessment activities at eligible Brownfields properties contaminated with petroleum located at the target community.
  • City of Alexandria, $709,524: The disparate jurisdictions consisting of the Rapides Parish Sheriff’s Office, the Cities of Alexandria and Pineville, and the Town of Glenmora will use these funds to purchase law enforcement equipment, supplies and technology to enhance law enforcement capabilities.
  • City of Alexandria, $226,700: Recovery Act Block grant award, in accordance with the DOE Energy Efficiency and Conservation Block Grant Funding Opportunity Announcement, to the City of Alexandria, LA for the purpose of Energy Efficiency Retrofits and Traffic Signals and Street Lighting replacements. This project will provide a benefit of reduced energy consumption in the city.
  • Food Bank of Central Louisiana, $42,283: Provides funds to assist with administrative functions of sub-recipient food banks. 100% of administrative funds are passed through from Louisiana Department of Agriculture & Forestry to the five regional food banks for costs associated with the purchase and distribution of food commodities to local food banks.
  • Rapides Parish School District, a portion of $5,783,191 through the State Department of Education.
  • Rapides Parish School District, $88,025.34: The grant provides a one time appropriation for equipment assistance for schools in which at least 50% of the students are eligible for free and reduced price meals. The primary effect will be to improve the infrastructure in the National School Lunch Program in an overall effort to stimulate activity in the overall American economy.
  • Rapides Parish School District,  $187,096: Educational Technology State Grant to States to improve student academic achievement through the innovative use and the effective integration of new and emerging technology with teacher training curriculum development and successful research-based instructional methods in elementary and secondary schools.
  • Rapides Parish School District, $68,266: Ensure that each homeless child and youth has equal access to the same free appropriate public education including a public preschool education as other children and youth.
  • Rapides Parish School District, $414,600: Educational Technology State Grant to States to improve student academic achievement through the innovative use and the effective integration of new and emerging technology with teacher training curriculum development and successful research-based instructional methods in elementary and secondary schools.
  • Rapides Parish, $336,100:The project consists of (a) retrofitting the existing ceiling mounted fluorescent lighting fixtures in the Rapides Parish Courthouse building with high efficiency T-8 lamps and electronic ballasts. (b) retrofit the exixting single-pane clear exterior windows with new double-pane (air-gap) insulated, tinted and low-e coated exterior windows. Demolition and disposal and/or recycling of existing lights, ballast and windows to be replaced will be accomplished as well. These measures will reduce energy cost, enhance occupant comfort, reduce deferred maintenance, and decrease need for capitol dollars. The project objectives are to conserve 471,390 kwh of electricity annually and 14,220 therms of natural gas annually resulting in a total annual energy savings of 3,030,447 BTU and an annual cost savings of $71,100 (based on 2008-2009 utility cost) reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 417 metric tons CO2 equivalent per year, and create 12 jobs due to construction activity for the project.

To find out how much money your city, school, parish or community received, locate your zip code and follow the link:

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