Minneapolis reports over 200 jobs created by stimulus moneyby Jessica Mador, Minnesota Public Radio
Minneapolis — The City of Minneapolis says federal stimulus dollars accounted for nearly 206 full-time-equivalent positions according to federal formulas.
The city says stimulus dollars actually put 609 people to work in the city. This weekend is the deadline for cities and other agencies across the country to make their first reports on stimulus spending to the federal government.
Minneapolis has received about $32 million in American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funds.
City spokesman Matt Liable said more jobs will be created over the next few years as the city continues to put the federal funding to work.
"That includes areas like public safety, where we have already received some funding that has helped us keep cops on the street and fill some gaps in the police department budget," Liable said, "as well as some building projects and energy efficiency projects at city buildings loans to businesses to make energy efficiency upgrades to their facilities as well."
Liable said the city will continue to publicly report on how it's spending stimulus dollars. "Quarterly or even more frequently we will start to see updated figures on what's being spent where it's being spent and the impact that it's having on the number of jobs, job creation and holding on to jobs that might otherwise have been lost."
The city has published stimulus-related information at www.minneapolisrecovery.us.