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What Can Recovery.gov Tell Us About the Stimulus in Allentown, Pennsylvania?

So what can Recovery.gov tell us about the impact of the stimulus on Allentown, Pennsylvania, the first stop on President Obama’s jobs tour?

Examining zip code 18102 on Recovery.gov tells me that the “City of Allentown” was awarded $672,157 in total awards, and 0.00 jobs were created or saved from it.
Then another $2,258,098 was awarded to the “City of Allentown,” with another 0.00 jobs created or saved.
The “Allentown Housing Authority” was awarded $2,274,904, with another 0.00 jobs created or saved.
The “School District of the City of Allentown” was awarded $5,967,031, with the space for “jobs created/saved” left blank.
So there’s $10 million with no jobs created.
Then the “Roberto Clemente Charter School” was listed as “amount for location” of $100,560, with the space for “jobs created/saved” left blank.
“Allentown Art Museum Inc.” was listed as “amount for location” of $50,000, with the space for “jobs created/saved” left blank.
“Boys and Girls Club of Allentown”  was listed as “amount for location” of $42,500, with the space for “jobs created/saved” left blank.
“Valley Youth House Committee” was listed as “amount for location” of $85,111, with the space for “jobs created/saved” left blank.
The “Lehigh County Conference of Churches” was listed as “amount for location” of $225,000, with the space for “jobs created/saved” left blank.
Hey, I think I spotted the problem with the economy! All of this money is being thrown around, but nobody’s created any jobs with it!

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