Millions in Stimulus Money Put To Use in the South Valley

Visalia, Calif. Theresa Wynn said, "They need childcare for their children when they are going to work serving our nation."

The project is fully paid for with federal stimulus dollars.

Machelle Vieux L.N.A.S. Public Works Officer said, "This $7-million injection of recovery act funding will help provide jobs for contractors subcontractors vendors suppliers as well as maintenance folks."

Dane Pineck with T.B. Pineck & Sons Construction said, "On top of that, not only just using local materials using local labor and firms as well."

And with the extra space and children that will need to be cared for-- the day care will also be hiring at least thirty childcare providers when the facility is complete.

The new Child Development Center expects to open by August of 2010. The Lemoore Naval Air Station is just one place in the South Valley that's seeing federal stimulus dollars at work.

Improving the Ben Maddox interchange is another project the city of Visalia is going to get done thanks to stimulus money.

And already, construction crews have been working hard at expanding the Visalia transit center-- which is being fully paid with stimulus money. The expansion will add 12 bus bays, allowing transit officials to accommodate rapidly growing ridership they've seen since the downturn in the economy.

Monty Cox said, "These projects wouldn't be going forward right now we'd probably be holding off for at least a year on one and maybe two or three on the other so the fact that the stimulus came now means these jobs can be created now."

Since the transit center expansion ended up over a million dollars under budget-- the remaining money will help fund other transit-related projects in the city.

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