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Rapid Recovery Plan (RRP) Program

The Rapid Recovery Plan Program was open to every municipality within The Commonwealth as part of the Baker-Polito Recovery Plan to revitalize downtowns, respond to the effects of COVID-19 on local businesses, and prioritize actions and strategies.

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About the Rapid Recovery Program

The Rapid Recovery Plan (RRP) Program is intended to provide every municipality in Massachusetts the opportunity to develop actionable, project-based recovery plans tailored to the unique economic challenges and COVID-19 related impacts to downtowns, town centers, and commercial areas across the commonwealth.

What is a Rapid Recovery Plan?

Local Recovery Plans will include analysis and exploration of challenges, barriers, strategies, and actions, with a focus on developing tactical and strategic project recommendations that help communities achieve their recovery goals. The program provides technical assistance through Plan Facilitators assigned to each community applicant (e.g., city, town, or nonprofit entity) and Subject Matter Experts who are available to help seed ideas for project recommendations and best practices webinars, as well as inform and further refine project recommendations through individual consultations.

Communities and Plan Facilitators will be matched and will work together to assess COVID-19 impacts, convene community partners to solicit project ideas and provide feedback, and develop project recommendations. The effort will culminate in plans that summarize the diagnostic findings and offer clear, tactical project recommendations.


Slides from the Local Rapid Recovery Planning Webinar held December 9, 2020 

Questions and Answers from December 9, 2020 Local Rapid Recovery Plan webinar can be downloaded here.

Rapid Recovery Communities

The RRP was open to every municipality within the commonwealth. Through this program, participating communities are matched with a Plan Facilitator, who will be charged with conducting an analysis of COVID-19 impacts and facilitate the development of clearly defined and actionable projects aligned with communities goals.

Rapid Recovery Consultants

The commonwealth has invited consultants to participate in our RRP as either Plan Facilitators or Subject Matter Experts. Plan Facilitators will lead communities through diagnostic, project development, and plan creation phases. Subject Matter Experts will provide best practice information via topical webinars and help communities refine projects through one-on-one consultations when applicable.



The Local Recovery Plan Program offers resources to communities, Plan Facilitators and Subject Matter Experts to understand the program objectives and have the tools necessary to methodology and ensure that outcomes help

Additional resources are available to help communities through the Rapid Recovery Planning process. Learn more below.

  1. YouTube Channel where webinars will be hosted. Here you can find information about the program, planning process and expected deliverables, as well offer participants access to best practice webinars and consultations offered by Subject Matter Experts.
  1. The diagnostic framework for the Local Recovery Plans is rooted in the Commercial DNA approach, created and developed by the Local Initiative Support Corporation with support from Citi Bank. Preparing a Commercial District Diagnostic: A practical “how to” manual on the Commercial DNA approach.
  1. Additional information on the Commercial DNA framework and how it has been applied in other communities can be found at the LISC Commercial Corridor Resource Hub, including webinars, best practices and case studies.


Best Practice Sheet Compendiums

Plan Facilitator Orientation Resources

Subject Matter Expert Orientation Resources

Final Plan Resources

SME Webinar Recordings

Plan Facilitator Data Collection Resources

Consultant Contracting and Invoicing Resources


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