Building the Road to Recovery: Using Transparency and Other Tools to Ensure Federal Aid Creates Jobs and Lays a Foundation for Economic Growth

October 19, 2009

Jeffrey Simon, Director, Massachusetts Office of Infrastructure Investment
Commentary by Archon Fung, Ford Foundation Professor of Democracy and Citizenship and Co-Director, Transparency Policy Project, Harvard Kennedy School and
Pam Wilmot, Executive Director, Common Cause Massachusetts
The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act gives the state several billion dollars to create jobs now and to lay the foundation for long-term economic growth. How can the small team of state officials overseeing these efforts ensure that the money is spent quickly, efficiently, and wisely? Are there ways to harness new technologies and approaches, such as increased transparency, to accomplish all these important goals?
This event is co-sponsored by The Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston, The Joint Center for Housing Studies, and The Taubman Center for State and Local Government.