Stimulus Watch: propose and vote on shovel ready projects

February 20th, 2009

Stimulus Watch is a new wiki-like site that is intended to “help the new administration keep its pledge to invest stimulus money smartly, and to hold public officials to account for the taxpayer money they spend.”

“We do this by allowing you, citizens around the country with local knowledge about the proposed “shovel-ready” projects in your city, to find, discuss and rate those projects. These projects are not part of the stimulus bill. They are candidates for funding by federal grant programs once the bill passes.”

The site lets you search for program by keywords or browse by geographic region of project type. When you find a program of interest, you can vote on whether you believe the project is critical or not; post a comment in the conversation about the project and even edit the project’s description and points in favor or against.

The most expensive project proposed is one that suggests building a new energy efficiency industrial zones on 100 acres in Cidra PR for $17.5B. That’s a lot of shovels, but only three percent of voters thought it was critical! The project currently most favored by the Stimulus Watch community is one suggesting that new nursing homes be constructed around the country for veterans. 78% of the voters thought that this was a good way to spend $4.3M and create 310 jobs.