Salem, OR—Governor Kate Brown has issued a 10-Point Economic Recovery Plan for Oregon. The 10-Point Plan builds on the work of local economic development districts across the state to help Oregon families and businesses. It provides a framework for economic recovery related to COVID-19 and wildfires, with a specific focus on strategically supporting Black, Indigenous, and People of Color communities.
“Thanks in part to the passage of the American Rescue Plan, Oregon’s outlook for a rapid economic recovery is strong, if we act quickly to get relief to Oregonians,” said Governor Brown. “We have the opportunity now to lift up Oregon families and businesses, by immediately investing state and federal resources to help them recover from the devastating economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. We must do so by creating a more just and equitable Oregon, helping the communities that have been disproportionately impacted by the pandemic and wildfires. By rooting our recovery efforts in equity, we can support economic growth for Oregon’s Black, Indigenous, Latino, Latina, Latinx, Asian, Pacific Islander, Native American, and Tribal communities.”
Between state and local governments, Oregon is slated to receive approximately $6.4 billion in federal funds from the ARP. The Governor also laid out her principles for making investment decisions with ARP… investments should be made now in a way that maximizes economic recovery for Oregonians this year, while also addressing the existing disparities that were worsened by the pandemic, especially for women and BIPOC communities.
“Without prioritizing equity we can not have social and racial justice,” said Jan Mason, co-chair of the Community Chamber Coalition of Oregon. “I support the Governor Brown priority in grounding and leading with racial equity and justice. We simply cannot achieve economic justice and prosperity without these priorities.”
The Governor applies these principles for equitable and rapid economic recovery in her 10-Point Plan:
• Action #1: Investing in Oregon’s hardest hit workers (those currently unemployed or underemployed)
• Action #2: Reinvesting in innovative housing
• Action #3: Supporting resilient rural communities
• Action #4: Supporting Oregon’s workforce (those currently employed but struggling)
• Action #5: Creating opportunities for Oregonians (workforce development)
• Action #6: Getting small business back on its feet
• Action #7: Investing in Oregon’s infrastructure
• Action #8: Oregonians investing in Oregon
• Action #9: Safely reopening Oregon’s economy
• Action #10: Innovation in manufacturing
Additional details on Governor Brown’s 10-Point Plan are available here.
These principles and 10-Point Plan are a starting point for conversations with the legislature, community stakeholders, the RJC, and the Governor’s Council of Economic Advisors to develop a process for funding decisions related to ARP dollars. More information will be provided as decisions are made.
A breakdown of ARP allocations is available here.