With all this talk of stimulus money being thrown around by the federal government I have decide it is my duty to try to get my piece of the pie, and seeing how my con artist skills are not up to par and I do not have a small businesses in my control, I think my best shot is in the job market. The national Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has promised to generate thousands of new "green" jobs and since I am soon to be an unemployed college graduate it seems that I should take advantage.
So first step. Find out where the money is being thrown. The department of energy provides this overview of the allocation of the stimulus funds. The DOE is in charge of $32.7 billion of stimulus money, $16.8 billion of which is in the energy efficiency and renewable energy category. Texas in particular will receive more than $750 million. That $750 million is split pretty evenly between weatherization, the state energy program and energy efficiency and conservation. This still doesn't provide a clear picture of where to go to get my piece of the pie. The Department of Energy will allow local authorities to decide where the money gets placed. The DOE shows how the money is divided between local municipalities here. So after all this, what am I going to do I think I need to get on over to Houston to see if I can get some of that $22 million that is getting spent. Now if only I knew someone throwing out jobs like the government is throwing out money.