For Immediate Release: 03/23/2010
Contact: Aaron McLear/Eric Alborg
California Recovery Task Force Launches Interactive Web Portal
In an effort to provide unprecedented transparency of stimulus spending in California, the California Recovery Task Force has launched an interactive Web Portal (www.recovery.ca.gov) that tracks the more than $85 billion in cash and tax benefits expected overall for Californians.
“Tracking stimulus money has further underscored the need to break through the silos of government at the federal, state and local levels,” said Senior Advisor to the Governor and California Recovery Task Force Director Herb K. Schultz. “Our Web Portal will continue to evolve in order to provide the most transparent picture of government spending in U.S. history.”
The ways in which the Recovery Act funds are allocated make the method for tracking the flow of Recovery Act funds both complicated and complex. The Task Force has managed to simplify how funding comes into our state to show Californians exactly what is happening with each and every federal stimulus dollar, regardless of whether the money comes to state government, local governments or directly to businesses, non-profits and individuals. The Interactive Web Portal (www.recovery.ca.gov) is the one place you can get a comprehensive and in-depth picture of the Recovery Act’s impact on Californians.
Included in the new Web site are:
- Recovery Act success stories that highlight the human impact of Recovery Act dollars hard at work in California.
- Small Business, Non-Profit, and Disadvantaged Business Enterprise page as an added resource that outlines special opportunities and events for these specific groups of businesses.
- Newsroom featuring speeches, news articles, letters, press releases and upcoming events.
- The interactive map features ways that allow you to sort by county, city or area of investment such as education or transportation. It also features locations of every Recovery Act project in the state with project-specific information such as budget, recipient and project description.
- A feature that allows you to easily contact the California Recovery Task Force with questions or comments.
The California Recovery Task Force will host a conference call with credentialed media next week to walk through how to search for projects, obtain Recovery Act data and analyze the impacts locally, regionally and statewide.
The Recovery Task Force is continuously seeking ways to improve the transparency of Recovery Act spending. Ideas can be submitted through the web site’s contact page at http://www.recovery.ca.gov/HTML/ContactUs/contactus.jsp
Governor Schwarzenegger created the California Recovery Task Force to track the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act funding coming into the state; work with President Barack Obama’s administration; help cities, counties, non-profits, and others access the available funding; ensure that the funding funneled through the state is spent efficiently and effectively; and maintain a Web site (www.recovery.ca.gov) that is frequently and thoroughly updated for Californians to be able to track the stimulus dollars.