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E-News Blast, No. 5, April 28, 2009

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AB 811 and ARRA Funding Workshop
Wednesday, April 29, 2009, 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. 5 p.m.

The AB 811 and American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) funding workshop is extended to 5 p.m. to provide adequate time to cover this important topic. Please note this time change for your travel arrangements. Agenda will be available April 28th on the meetings page at the website.

This meeting will be broadcast by WebEx, the Energy Commission's online meeting service.

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ARRA Workshops

SEP Workshops and Block Grant (for local government) Workshops

Monday, May 4, 2009 - Diamond Bar (1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Wednesday, May 6, 2009 - Fresno (1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.)
Thursday, May 7, 2009 - Sacramento (1 p.m. - 3 p.m. and 4 p.m. - 8 p.m.)

The agenda is the same for all three workshops and available online soon. For more information go to:

Workshops will be broadcast by WebEx where possible. A toll-free number also will be available for those who cannot access the internet. Audio recording of the workshops will be available on line the next day.


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ARRA Energy-Related Funding

To date, more than $1 billion has been authorized to California for energy-related program funds from the ARRA stimulus package.

Weatherization (Dept. of Community Services & Development) $185,811,061
State Energy Program (Energy Commission) $226,093,000
Energy Efficiency & Conservation Block Grant Program $351,658,900
     Direct to large cities and counties $302,058,900
     Small cities and counties (Energy Commission) $49,600,000
Science $184,155,000
     Lawrence Berkeley Lab $115,811,000
     Stanford Accelerator (Menlo Park) $68,300,000
Environmental Management (Clean-up Funds) $62,100,000
     Stanford Accelerator $8,100,000
     Energy Technology Engineering Center (ETEC) $54,000,000
TOTAL $1,009,817,961

California Workforce Investment Board

The California Workforce Investment Board ( assists the Governor in setting and guiding workforce development. Two of the special committees, Business and Industry and Targeting Resources, are focusing on the ARRA funding specifically looking at Green Collar Jobs. Governor Schwarzenegger recently sent a letter to city and county elected officials, urging them to work with their local Workforce Investment Boards to ensure ARRA funding is expended quickly and effectively to assist unemployed Californians in job training and finding new jobs. On April 7, 2009, after being expedited at the Governor's request, $415 million ARRA funding was distributed to the state's 49 local Workforce Investment Boards.

Information about the local Workforce Investment Board and how this ARRA funding will be expended in communities is available at

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