Photo: Nevada Gov. Jim Gibbons


Nevada announced in April that the state has redesigned the Web site for reporting activities and spending generated from the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, as well as an initiative sponsored by Microsoft that will give thousands of citizens free access to technology training and certification.

The new stimulus Web site at http://www.nv.gov/Recovery features an interactive map that displays how Nevada agencies use Recovery Act awards by geographic regions. The map, graphs and other detailed data are directly updated by state agencies through a reporting system that enables agencies to directly report actual project expenditures to the public.

According to the office of Gov. Jim Gibbons, the Web site is designed to answer three questions: Which state agencies have been awarded Recovery Act funding, and for what programs? How are state agencies using Recovery Act funds, and what is the benefit to the citizens of Nevada? Where are the projects located?

In other news, Microsoft will offer 6,750 free vouchers to Nevadans for free technology training and certification, the state announced this month.

Microsoft founded the Elevate America program in February 2009, with the aim of training 2 million people during the next few years, as a means to improve U.S. workers' technical literacy and the nation's global competitiveness.

Massachusetts and New York announced their participation recently, joining more than a dozen other states.