Ohio's Keith Kist was one of those Americans recently laid-off from work, but he was never a statistic to this Administration or to me. These folks are people, and I think about them more than you can know.
This DOT wants to help get these men and women back to work, and through the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, we've been lucky enough to have that opportunity.
Today, Keith Kist is back to work on a stimulus-funded $16 million project underway to improve the taxiways at Cleveland's Hopkins International Airport. About the stimulus, Keith says, "I'm the perfect example that it's working. If this weren't happening, I'd still be at home."
Airport Director Ricky Smith, who recently toured Vice President Joe Biden around the new project, says the new taxiway will allow the
airport to run more efficiently and move passengers more quickly.
"So, we're not just creating jobs," the Vice-President commented. "We're not just making work; these are critically needed investments. We should be doing this even if there weren't a recession."
We recently added to our Voices of the Recovery series a great video of Keith talking about his new job, and I urge you to view it for one of the great stories of this economic recovery.
As Keith says:
"Since I got the call to go down to the airport, it's been wonderful. When I got the phone call--knowing there's something waiting for you--it's just a good relief knowing that there's stuff going on to get us going, to get us back at it. Knowing that things are happening now, it makes a world of difference."
Well, Keith, you hit the nail right on the head. For all of you who have been hired back or held your jobs through the Recovery Act, and those of you still sitting on the sidelines waiting to get back into the game, that is indeed our goal: to make a world of difference.
Now, we've worked hard to do that, and we're not done yet.