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Wednesday, April 30

American businesses bringing aid to Iraq

By GNS

WASHINGTON - The U.S. Agency for International Development already has awarded contracts to more than a half-dozen American companies or institutes to help in Iraq's reconstruction.

The top recipients include:

- Bechtel Corp. of San Francisco. Awarded up to $680 million over 18 months to repair power generation facilities, electrical grids, water and sewage systems, upgrade Umm Qasr seaport and rebuild schools, hospitals and other public buildings.

- Research Triangle Institute of North Carolina. Up to $167.9 million over the next year to strengthen management and administrative skills of people delivering essential municipal services like water, health care, public sanitation and communications.

- Creative Associates International Inc. of Washington, D.C. Up to $62.6 million over the next year to help Iraq's schools reopen by providing desks, computers, pencils and paper, and to help recruit students and enlist community involvement in schools.

- Stevedoring Services of America of Seattle, Wash. A total of $4.8 million for an initial assessment and improvement plan of the port at Umm Qasr to help clear the way for humanitarian aid, for hiring of port pilots to guide ships up the channel, and to organize cargo-handling duties like warehousing, shipment tracking and refrigeration.