WASHINGTON, DC – This week, President Obama and other Administration officials are continuing to hold “Recovery Summer” events and visit Recovery Act project sites as part of a focus on the surge in Recovery Act projects underway across the country this summer. The Recovery Act has already funded tens of thousands of projects and put about 2.5 million Americans to work, but this summer is the most active Recovery Act season yet, with thousands of new projects breaking ground that are helping to create more jobs for American workers and economic growth for businesses large and small.
President Obama will travel to Kansas City, Missouri to visit Smith Electric Vehicles, where he will tour the facilities and deliver remarks on the economy to workers. Smith Electric Vehicles is an all-electric, zero emissions commercial truck manufacturer that received a $32 million Recovery Act grant to build all-electric trucks. The award, which is part of the $2.4 billion in Recovery Act advanced battery and electric vehicle grants the President announced last August, is helping Smith Electric establish operations at a re-purposed jet engine overhaul facility at the Kansas City International Airport, the first of as many as 20 regional assembly plants Smith Electric plans to open in the U.S.
Smith Electric Vehicles’ website is here.
- The Detroit News, “Obama touts battery power in Mo.“
- NPR, “Obama Pushes Jobless Relief As Debt Concerns Mount“
- Kansas City Star, “Obama stop planned at KC electric car maker“
- New York Times, “Obama Returns to Missouri, Site of Slim 2008 Loss“
- St. Louis Globe-Democrat, “Obama visiting Missouri Thursday“
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