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Mayor Announces First Stimulus Projects, Creating 330 Jobs

Thursday March 12, 2009

Projects include first environmentally certified government building

Louisville’s first projects using federal stimulus funding will create 330 jobs and construct the city’s first government building that meets national standards for environmental efficiency, Mayor Jerry Abramson announced today.

The Transit Authority of River City will build a maintenance and training hub at its headquarters on West Broadway. The $5.5 million project, which will include solar panels and a green roof, is one of $20 million worth of projects announced today by TARC and the Louisville Metro Housing Authority.

“These are exciting projects that will not only put people to work, they’ll leave our city’s environment greener and they’ll create a lasting legacy,” Abramson said.

Abramson made the announcement flanked by five TARC buses, the number of vehicles that would be needed to hold all the workers created by the investment.

“When crafting a package to put a floor under the downward spiral of the economy, Congress worked with President Obama to create an initiative that not only put people to work today, but invested in our long-term future,” Congressman John Yarmuth said. “These projects exemplify those efforts, creating hundreds of new jobs through critical projects that have been on hold for as long as four years. But they are also investments in energy efficiency and transportation infrastructure that will benefit our community for generations.”

Abramson was joined by Metro Council President David Tandy, “Louisville At Work” Director Rick Johnstone and other members of the “Louisville At Work” team that are determining priorities for spending the federal stimulus dollars.

The $17.6 million in TARC funding, which will create 250 jobs, includes:

· Building a LEED-certified maintenance facility, $5.5 million

· Purchasing 10 hybrid buses, $5.3 million

· Renovating the 29th St. maintenance building, $2.5 million

· Replacing a roof for 10th Street maintenance building, $2.2 million

· Purchasing new generators, $912,000

The remaining $1.2 million of the $17.6 million is for capital costs related to the contracting work.

The housing authority funding, creating 80 jobs, includes:

· Replacing underground lead pipes at Beecher Terrace, $2 million

· Repainting the interior of Dosker Manor, $150,000

Contractors and subcontractors interested in bidding on these projects should contact TARC, 502-213-3204, and the Housing Authority, 502-569-3420. The projects will be let for bid in the coming weeks.

The public can learn about these and all stimulus projects at the city website,

Louisville is expected to get about $200 million in stimulus funding, part of President Obama’s plan to save and create jobs to pull the country out of a recession.