Maximizing Oregon’s Long-Term Benefits from American Rescue Plan Investments

4 Pages Posted: 6 May 2021

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Robert Parker

Institute for Policy Research & Engagement, School of Planning, Public Policy & Management, University of Oregon

John Tapogna

ECONorthwest

Benjamin Y. Clark

University of Oregon - School of Planning, Public Policy & Management; University of Oregon - Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact

Tim Duy

University of Oregon

Josh Bruce

University of Oregon - Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management

Date Written: May 5, 2021

Abstract

The response to the COVID-19 pandemic and associated stay-at-home orders led to skyrocketing unemployment and other health and social impacts. The impacts have been felt unequally across the economy, with many sectors thriving during the pandemic while others— particularly leisure and hospitality—experiencing widespread job losses. We did not anticipate at the start of the pandemic a year ago that the Federal Government would step up and provide multiple rounds of economic support to mitigate the impact of lockdown and social distancing policies. Despite the heroic efforts of government agencies and community-based organizations, the pandemic daylighted some critical vulnerabilities of our economic system. With funds from the American Recovery Plan (ARP), Oregon has a unique opportunity to make significant innovative, durable, transformational investments. We advocate that state and local governments coordinate to make three or four coordinated investments of $100 Million or more to address areas of pressing need to make lasting, transformative impacts.

Keywords: ARP, American Recovery Plan, Economic Development, COVID-19

Suggested Citation

Parker, Robert and Tapogna, John and Clark, Benjamin Y. and Duy, Tim and Bruce, Josh, Maximizing Oregon’s Long-Term Benefits from American Rescue Plan Investments (May 5, 2021). Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3840519 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.3840519

Robert Parker

Institute for Policy Research & Engagement, School of Planning, Public Policy & Management, University of Oregon ( email )

1209 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
United States

John Tapogna

ECONorthwest ( email )

United States

Benjamin Y. Clark (Contact Author)

University of Oregon - School of Planning, Public Policy & Management ( email )

Eugene, OR 97403
United States

HOME PAGE: http://byclark.github.io

University of Oregon - Knight Campus for Accelerating Scientific Impact ( email )

Eugene, OR
United States

Tim Duy

University of Oregon ( email )

1280 University of Oregon
Eugene, OR 97403
United States

Josh Bruce

University of Oregon - Department of Planning, Public Policy & Management ( email )

Eugene, OR 97403
United States

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