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Stimulus Money for Department of Commerce

Here is an outline of Stimulus Money from Department of Commerce. U.S. Department of Commerce: $7.9 billion,including: -- Economic Development Administration: $150 million for grants to economically distressed areas across the Nation to generate private sector jobs. Funds will be disbursed through the agency’s traditional grant making process and will support efforts to create higher-skill, higher-wage jobs by promoting innovation and entrepreneurship and connecting regional economies with the worldwide marketplace. -- Bureau of the Census: $1 billion to hire new personnel for partnership and outreach efforts to minority communities and hard-to-reach populations, increase targeted media purchases, and ensure proper management of other operational and programmatic risks. -- National Institute of Standards and Technology: $610 million, including $220 million for NIST laboratory research, measurements, and other services supporting economic growth and U.S. innovation through funding of such items as competitive grants; research fellowships; and advanced measurement equipment and supplies; and $20 million in funds transferred from the Department of Health and Human Services for standards-related research that supports the security and interoperability of electronic medical records to reduce health care costs and improve the quality of care. -- National Telecommunications and Information Administration: $4.7 billion to establish a Broadband Technology Opportunities Program for awards to eligible entities to develop and expand broadband services to rural and underserved areas and improve access to broadband by public safety agencies, including at least $200 million will be available to upgrade technology and capacity at public computing centers, including community colleges and public libraries;
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