Stimulus Money in North Fulton

There are some hard-core conservatives that think local governments should refuse to accept federal stimulus funds. I suppose it is a moral high ground to take. The best way to end pork barrel spending is to be above the fray and not participate in the game, right? Makes a lot of sense to me. But I don’t wear the shoes of a city councilman or mayor. I’m not going to criticize small (and young) municipalities for wanting a piece of Obama’s stimulus pie. Not in this economy!

So let’s take a look at how stimulus money is being spent in north Fulton. This data comes directly from www.recovery.gov, a nifty website with a clickable map to review projects. They separate money by grants and contracts. Grant money is my main interest for this article; the projects being funded in our neck of the woods. You’ll find some energy efficiency projects for city buildings, some road work (including two decent sized projects on Kimball Bridge), the Johns Creek smart traffic system, and a curious one tenth of a mile greenway extension. I think there are fairways in Johns Creek longer than this!

Federal Stimulus Grants

I won’t go into a lot of detail on the contracts awarded to north Fulton companies. Many of these are for projects out of state. I will say that Exide Technologies (headquartered in Milton) is on the receiving end of about $34 million.

Federal Stimulus Contractors

  • Exide Technologies – Milton
  • Infor – Milton
  • Yahasoft – Johns Creek
  • The Circle Group – Alpharetta
  • Siemens – Alpharetta
  • Techlaw – Alpharetta
  • iParametric – Alpharetta
  • Mactec Engineering – Roswell
  • B2B Workforce – Alpharetta
  • R2T – Roswell
  • CONTAINER-IT – Roswell
  • FCB Engineering – Roswell
  • Fisher Engineering – Johns Creek
  • Embedded Eng – Johns Creek

2 Responses to “Stimulus Money in North Fulton”

  1. Lee September 21, 2010 at 7:45 am #

    A few other little things to note… I only considered Alpharetta, Roswell, Milton and Johns Creek. Didn’t throw Sandy Springs in there. I also didn’t consider Forsyth County and the city of Cumming. They got far more grant money than north Fulton did. Maybe another article. If you’re interested, surf on over to recovery.gov and search.

  2. jimgilvin September 22, 2010 at 2:23 pm #

    Thanks for taking the time to write this article. It reinforces my belief that American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 was a trillion dollar mistake.

    I do think the city of Alpharetta did the right thing by accepting the funds for road improvements. The money was going to be spent somewhere and we were going to be paying our share whether the money was spent here or Detroit.

    But Roswell gets $825,000 for “Energy efficiency, conservation projects and fossil fuel emissions reductions”? What a waste.

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