Local American Recovery Resource Center
June 3, 2021
For cities and metros, 2020 was a time of unprecedented crisis, and 2021 is a time of unprecedented Federal investment. Building back from this crisis will require doing things differently. Drexel's Nowak Metro Finance Lab is working with Accelerator for America, the US Conference of Mayors, and partners across the country to organize for a transformative recovery. Properly organized local leaders can direct resources to drive local recoveries that leverage private and civic resources to create virtuous cycles of community wealth-building, racial inclusion, and resilient infrastructure. We are working with our partners to establish and scale 18-month Stimulus Command Centers as a central organizing model to coordinate recovery efforts. Stimulus Command Centers are executive-level action-focused organizing efforts made up of leaders from the public, private, and civic sectors. They will serve as the local go-to points for planning, prioritizing, and coordinating federal rescue and recovery investments, particularly in areas where we believe we can make substantial impact on racial equity, including Black and Brown small business growth, public procurement, supplier diversity and reinvigorated, reimagined commercial corridors.
This page is a hub of resources for implementing Stimulus Command Centers across sectors.
American Rescue Plan
On March 11, 2021, President Biden signed the $1.9 trillion American Rescue Plan (ARP) into law. The legislation represents a historic response to the devastating impact of the global COVID-19 crisis. The ARP builds upon certain provisions in the CARES Act and the December Coronavirus Response and Relief Supplemental Appropriations Act (CCRRSA), and often does so on a larger scale. The ARP consists of over 84 unique programs that will receive ARP money, distributed across 19 federal agencies.
In doing so, the law strives not only to limit the damage from 2020, but to equip cities and towns with tools necessary to start building a stronger and more equitable future over the next decade. In 2009, the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act set the tone for the recovery from the Great Recession. Today, city and metro leaders must use Rescue Plan funds to shape their communities for years to come.
We have produced a series of resources to help city and metro leaders understand and maximize the impact of the ARP.
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American Jobs Plan and Endless Frontiers Act
The American Jobs Plan (AJP) and the Endless Frontiers Act, if passed by congress will represent a transformative and wealth-building intervention across cities if harnessed correctly. This section will be updated as the federal landscape changes.
Private-led Models of Inclusive Recovery
Maximizing the impact of the recovery will require bringing private actors and private capital to bear on the problem of inclusive economic growth. This recovery must be a market-making intervention and the private sector has a chance to make good on its 2020 commitments of racial justice. We are building playbooks and new models to help them do just this.
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