Today I want to introduce you to Trevor Eickhoff, a 25-year-old project engineer with Archer Western Contractors. Thanks to the Recovery Act, he's working on the Woodall Rodgers Freeway Deck Park in Dallas, Texas.
Last year, I went to Texas and toured three innovative transportation projects that promise to put Dallas squarely in the forefront of livability. One of those projects is the Woodall Rodgers Freeway Deck Park, a 5.2-acre multi-use green space that covers a main highway. The Park will also connect the city's Uptown, Downtown, and Arts Districts--parts of the city that are currently separated by the freeway--and promote bicycling and walking.
But what Trevor is most enthusiastic about is the construction employment The Park is generating thanks to the project's public-private financing and help from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act President Obama signed into law in 2009.
There it is. About the stimulus, Trevor says, "I'm walking proof of what it's doing. I'm 25 years old with a mortgage, and I'm still working."
And that's what it's all about.
Now, Trevor's not the only skilled worker employed on this project. Work on the Woodall Rodgers Freeway Deck Park will continue through 2012, creating good, steady jobs for months to come. And there are other Dallas-area projects putting people back to work.
The Dallas-Fort Worth Connector alone--funded in part by stimulus money from the Federal Highway Administration--is expected to employ over 600 workers during construction.
That's just one project in one city. But this story is being repeated across the country. From Alaska to Florida, and Maine to California, the Recovery Act is still creating good jobs on good projects.
The Recovery Act--it's working for America. And Trevor Eickhoff is walking proof.