Here is something pretty amazing: a site built by volunteers designed to help citizens find, discuss and rate those projects that are candidates for funding by federal grant programs once the stimulus bill passes.
Stimulus Watch is based on the U.S. Conference of Mayors’ catalog of projects. The mayors’ report was issued to give Congress an estimate of how much it should appropriate for the various federal programs that will in turn disburse the funds to localities.
The question now is, which of the mayors’ proposed 10,000+ projects will the Obama agencies fund? Which are the critical ones? Although funding decisions are often done by formula, President Obama has promised to invest the stimulus money wisely, and not on projects with a low return. That is where our site comes in. It will gather local knowledge about these projects and will help keep the administration accountable about which projects they fund. Once funded I hope the site can keep local officials accountable on spending the money.
Citizens can use the site to easily find their localities and projects with which they may be familiar. They can also search by keyword.
You can browse projects for your city or state, search for projects by keyword, etc.
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