The stimulus was here.
Those words should be embossed on a stretch of Route 29 outside of Charlottesville, where paver operator Clifford Carter poured hot asphalt one year ago.
The $885,000 project, funded by federal stimulus dollars, took two days in November 2009. A few weeks later, he was laid off - temporarily, he thought, until paving season resumed in the spring. But in April, he received his first permanent layoff notice. Without a job, he couldn't afford to keep paying for life or health insurance, so he let both lapse.
"When they kicked me out the door, I lost everything," he said.