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Orem: Installing 1 traffic light can create 100 jobs

Orem: Installing 1 traffic light can create 100 jobs



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OREM -- The federal government's economic stimulus plan is being credited with creating 100 jobs for one traffic light in Orem.

The Deseret News reports city officials submitted the numbers in a U.S. Conference of Mayors survey to Congress. It listed ready-to-go infrastructure projects from cities across the nation, including the cost of each project and the number of new jobs it would create.

Orem officials say they used a multiplier effect to decide how many jobs come from installing a traffic light. The jobs include the manufacturer, the construction crew, the people who sell the equipment, etc. Apparently that means all nine of Orem's needed traffic lights could create 900 jobs.

The newspaper reports Orem listed more jobs for each of its traffic signals than any other city in the nation.

City administrators say they are being cautious and won't take extra money if they don't need it.

Provo says building a new $25 million recreation center would only create 40 jobs.

E-mail: mrichards@ksl.com

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