US Army Corps of Engineers officials are studying the environmental impacts of dredging Georgia's 161-mile part of the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. The ICW is a natual and manmade highway for boats strerching from Maine to Florida. Like Interstate 95, it brings business to the coast. That's why supporters would like more than study.
Georgia has spent more than half of its transportation stimulus money and the other half is spoken for, according to Department of Transportation officials. The Georgia DOT received $981 million to fund almost 500 projects, including road resurfacing, new road construction, bridge replacement, and safety projects.
Time is running out on a tax rebate for energy-efficient home repairs. The $1,500 tax credit was part of the federal stimulus and has helped Georgia businesses selling air-conditioners, water heaters and other products. Gill Sasser of Savannah Window World says, he hopes Congress renews it before it expires in a month.
The University of Georgia says, it attracted more research funding in the fiscal year that ended in June than it's ever attracted before. The record-breaking amount, $176 million, was bolstered by $24 million in federal stimulus money that probably won't be coming back.
Georgia transportation officials say their share of current federal stimulus money is not enough to reach all of the work that’s needed statewide. But there’s hope that President Obama’s new $50 billion plan to upgrade the nation’s transportation grid could change that.