Congressman Solomon P. Ortiz’s Office held an Economic Stimulus/Grant Workshop at the Center for Economic Development Friday June 26th. Below is a list of the federal agencies that offered presentations to inform attendees as to how their agencies will be spending ARRA Funds – ARRA is the American Recovery and Revitalization Act. The main theme for the presentation is that the federal monies that are slated to be Grant Dollars will be passed from the Federal Government to the states. The states will identify the local agencies that will distribute the funds. Most of the funds will be sent from the states to local governments and nonprofits agencies, not directly to businesses. But don’t write off the grant money just yet! These local governments and nonprofits will be spending these monies on projects that they will no doubt contract out to local businesses. I encourage you, as you have heard before, to “follow the money”. I am working with a couple of my more aggressive clients to determine how we can learn which local and nonprofit agencies will be getting the grant money, and exactly where and how the money is going to be spent. This information is very powerful. Someone is going to be needed to execute the projects where the grant money will be spent. With rare exception, all the presentations had a consistent theme. It is obvious that the most of the grant money is going to be funneled to the state – I know I have already stated that above, but it is important to restate it here. Another restatement is that the money is going from the states to local governments and nonprofits. The presenters made it clear that the monies are going to agencies and governments that “partner” with other government s and agencies. “Collaboration” is the keyword! So is “Jobs”! And another keyword is”Green”! Successful applicants for the ARRA grant funds are going to demonstrate the ability for the money to not only enhance economic growth, but also show teamwork, job creation and a focus on the environment.
The Del Mar College SBDC is hosting a team from the State of Texas who will offer information on the next step on the ARRA path on July 29th. The event will be held at the Del Mar College Center for Economic Development. Mark your calendar and plan on attending. The companies that are successful in participating in the projects funded by ARRA dollars are the companies that have executed diligence is tracking the process of how ARRA monies trickle down to the local levels.
I have also included contact info from the departments that presented on June 26th…
U.S. Department of Education – Dr. Patty Crisp, Public Affairs at firstname.lastname@example.org and her phone is 214-661-9502.
U.S. Department of Labor – Mr. Justice Perazo at email@example.com and his phone is 972-850-4642
U.S. Department of Energy – Brian Quirke firstname.lastname@example.org and his phone is 630-252-2423 DOE is looking for any ideas from small businesses on energy saving ideas
U.S. Department of Commerce – Robert Peche at email@example.com
U.S. Department of Agriculture – Jake in Alice Texas at 361-668-8361
U.S. Department of Transportation – Greg Punske at Gregory.firstname.lastname@example.org and his number is 512-536-5960.
Please note that none of the people I have listed above have grant money to give you. They may be able to assist you as to who might be responsible for some of the projects that have been passed to the state or local levels. Consider them as ARRA information providers!