The White House :: Office of the Press Secretary: Administration Kicks Off "Recovery Summer" with Groundbreakings and Events Across the Country:
For Immediate Release June 17, 2010
Administration Kicks Off "Recovery Summer" with Groundbreakings and Events Across the Country
President Obama, Vice President Biden and Other Administration Officials to Highlight Surge in Recovery Act Infrastructure Projects This Summer
WASHINGTON, DC – The Administration today kicks off “Recovery Summer,” a six-week-long focus on the surge in Recovery Act infrastructure projects that will be underway across the country in the coming months – and the jobs they’ll create well into the fall and through the end of the year. The Recovery Act has already funded tens of thousands of projects and put about 2.5 million Americans to work, but summer 2010 is actually poised to be the most active Recovery Act season yet, with tens of thousands of projects underway across the country that will help to create jobs for American workers and economic growth for businesses, large and small....
On Friday, June 18th, President Obama will travel, to Columbus, Ohio to mark the first of many significant Recovery Act milestones coming this summer – the groundbreaking of the 10,000th Recovery Act road project to get underway. The road improvement project in downtown Columbus is expected to create over 300 construction jobs and will contribute to the broader economic development effort underway in the area around Nationwide Children’s Hospital.
On Monday, June 21st, Vice President Biden will travel to Midland, MI for the groundbreaking of the new Dow Kokam advanced battery manufacturing facility – a project made possible by a $161 million Recovery Act advanced battery grant awarded last year. In addition to creating 1,000 construction jobs, Dow says the project will eventually employ 800 permanent manufacturing workers. The groundbreaking is one of many milestones advanced battery awardees will hit this summer as they gear up to manufacture advanced batteries, vehicle components and electric vehicles with the $2.4 billion in Recovery Act grants the President and Vice President announced last August.
Details on the kickoff events Cabinet Members will be holding across the country on Thursday, June 17th and Friday, June 18th are below. Details on additional Administration Recovery Summer events will be released throughout the summer as they become available...