· More than 400 jobs have been retained or created through weatherizationprograms and 516 homes have received energy efficiency improvements.· More than 100 Colorado businesses have been awarded contracts and havebeen paid more than $48 million so far.· Over 3 million individuals and families have benefited from tax cuts,extra unemployment benefits and food stamps and weatherization work.· 6,200 households have taken advantage of the $8,000 first-time homebuyertax credit.The new reports are available on the state website, www.colorado.gov/recovery, andinclude: · A new statewide report, called “The Colorado Story” that providesupdated information on most Recovery Act dollars coming to Colorado. · A spreadsheet with more than 1,000 rows of data that shows spending andjob data for grants that went to state agencies. This allows people to see, forthe first time, the transfer of funds from prime recipient to vendors and sub-recipients. · A spreadsheet of federal contracts awarded to businesses and localagencies. More than 100 companies and local agencies have been awarded $523million in contracts and received $43 million so far. Job retention and creationexceeds 800 full-time equivalent positions (FTE). · A new bar chart that reflects an updated estimate of all funds coming toColorado. The chart shows that tax cuts and tax credits to individuals representthe most amount of money being spent, followed by healthcare and unemploymentbenefits and job training. We expect more than $5.7 billion not includingcompetitive grants that have yet to be awarded. · More than 20 individual stories with photos and videos of people andbusinesses that benefited from ARRA. They include features about StandardRenewable Energy, a Boulder company that is more than doubling in size – and ishiring now – because of Recovery Act projects and an Aurora brewery that expandedwith help from the Recovery Act. Other people explain how they’ve benefited fromnew jobs, emergency food and extra food stamp benefits. Two weeks ago, the Governor’s Economic Recovery Team released reports on RecoveryAct spending for every county. Those will continue to be updated. Moreinformation, including new data on grants and loans, is scheduled to be postedOct. 30 at www.recovery.gov, the official national Recovery Act website.