Meeting Archive:
Tracking the Recovery: New Webinars with APME, ProPublica and the Sunlight Foundation

Meeting Description:

It’s been a little more than a year since President Obama signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, and funds from the $787 billion stimulus have been flowing, albeit haltingly at times, to local communities ever since There are now records of 77,000 grants, contracts and loans to prime recipients in, the online resource for tracking the stimulus. Those prime recipients in turn have hired others—subrecipients in the language of Recovery—104,700 times, and purchased goods from vendors 57,000 times. While prime recipients have mostly been state and local governments, the lower tier is made up of companies. Are local businesses finally seeing Recovery dollars?

Making sense of more than 240,000 records from approximately 210 awarding agencies in their raw format can be challenging. That’s why APME is teaming up with ProPublica the Sunlight Foundation to host an online Webinar to show you and your staff tools and tips for exploring this data. Visualize where the money is coming from and going to, and drill down to find Recovery projects in your area. We'll show you how to match up businesses with projects, and find out whether local employers are benefiting from the stimulus moneyThe Webinar should last about an hour.

Date: Mon, Apr 5, 2010
Time: 12:00 PM EDT
Duration: 1 hour
Host(s): Bill Allison & Jennifer LaFleur
 Presenter Information
Bill Allison

Bill Allison is the Editorial Director at the Sunlight Foundation. A veteran investigative journalist and editor for nonprofit media, Bill worked for the Center for Public Integrity for nine years, where he co-authored The Cheating of America with Charles Lewis, was senior editor of The Buying of the President 2000 and co-editor of the New York Times bestseller The Buying of the President 2004. He edited projects on topics ranging from the role of international arms smugglers and private military companies in failing states around the world to the rise of section 527 organizations in American politics. Prior to joining the Center, Bill worked for eight years for The Philadelphia Inquirer—the last two as researcher for Pulitzer Prize winning reporters Donald L. Barlett and James B. Steele.

Jennifer LaFleur

Jennifer LaFleur was the computer-assisted reporting (CAR) editor starting in 2003 for The Dallas Morning News, where she worked on the investigative team. She has directed CAR at the San Jose Mercury News and the St. Louis Post-Dispatch and was IRE’s first training director. She has won awards for her coverage of disability, legal and open government issues. Ms. LaFleur is the co-author of IRE’s Mapping for Stories: A Computer-Assisted Reporting Guide.