On Tuesday, February 10, 2009, Governor Ted Strickland announced a new state website to provide information on the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act -- the federal stimulus bill. The website, www.recovery.ohio.gov, will include an online form where any parties interested in federal stimulus dollars can submit project ideas. Potential projects will be compiled into a master database and then forwarded to the appropriate state agencies for review.

Entities that submit eligible projects on the website will receive instructions via e-mail describing where, when, and how to apply for funding. The website will also include a place to sign up for updates and to receive notifications as new information becomes available. A Frequently Asked Questions section, links to other resources, and technical information about submitting projects and applications are also planned for the website.

Intended to ensure that Ohio is poised to act quickly once the federal bill is enacted, the website should provide a fair and transparent process for submitting and processing applications from eligible applicants. Any entity interested in the federal stimulus program should take a look at www.recovery.ohio.gov.