SEATTLE—The federal government has slated nearly $79 million in economic stimulus grants for projects in King County.
The money will be used to create or save 192 jobs, according to a report issued by the county executive's office.
Another 22 county stimulus applications-totaling $78 million and creating another 602 potential jobs-are pending and King County has also worked with regional and national partners on preparing another nine grant applications.
"By adopting an organized game plan for pursuing federal stimulus funds, King County has already realized significant benefits, especially as it pertains to job creation and retention" said King County Council Chair Dow Constantine in a press release announcing the grants.
Among the grants obtained by King County were:
· An award of $400,000 to the King County Prosecuting Attorney's Office to allow for the retention of prosecutor's staff.
· An award of $1.5 million to the King County Road Services Division to construct a pedestrian walkway along the SW 98th Street corridor, linking the Greenbridge housing development to the downtown White Center area.
· An award of $408,355 to respond to the increased demand for health care for the homeless during tough economic times.
In mid-February, President Obama signed into law the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA) - the largest single infusion of stimulus funding ($575 billion) and tax cuts ($211 billion) into the economy in American history.