2009-05-14 / Local & State

Stimulus Money Skips Some High- Unemployment Areas

RIDGWAY, Pa. (AP) - Federal stimulus dollars to repair roads and bridges are also intended to reduce jobless rates as quickly as possible, but some communities are missing out.

For example, Elk County in rural northwestern Pennsylvania will not be receiving federal dollars for an infrastructure repair project despite a nearly 14 percent unemployment rate.

The catch is that the government doesn't want to delay in jump starting the economy. So the stimulus dollars are going first to areas that have road and bridge projects on the drawing boards ready to go.

Borough Manager Martin Schuller laments that despite their need, struggling communities like Ridgway in Elk County won't get the direct benefit from a stimulus project, simply because Ridgway doesn't have any projects ready to go.

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