Pandemic Economic Recovery Program (PERP).

Our Pandemic Economic Recovery Program (PERP) is for cities, regions and nations (as opposed to individuals).  It solves three major challenges to rapidly organizing resilient economic revitalization:

  1. Quickly training local leaders in the latest principles and practices for creating resilient economic recovery;
  2. The lack of a strategic renewal process, which is needed to turn plans and projects into lasting overall success, and
  3. The lack of integration, as operational silos prevent effective interagency coordination.

Even before the pandemic, public leaders complained about how silos sabotaged initiatives by preventing their dozens of local agencies from seeing the big picture, while also creating tremendous inefficiencies. 

Now, in the wake of the economic devastation wreaked by COVID-19, failure and inefficiency are intolerable.

The easiest, least inexpensive path to a lasting solution for both of those challenges is to get all of those separated leaders certified as Revitalization & Resilience Facilitators™ (RE Facilitators™, for short).  

Besides simply getting local leaders on the same page, this new credential gives them the ability to create and support a proven strategic process. 

The presence of certified RE Facilitators in multiple agencies—as well as in local non-profits, foundations and corporation—helps address two additional dysfunctions found in most communities: 

  1. “perpetual planning syndrome,” whereby plans are endlessly written and updated, but never effectively funded and implemented, and
  2. “project mindset”, whereby vast amounts are spent on individual redevelopment projects, but community revitalization never manifests because there’s no ongoing program to capture momentum and inspire confidence on the local future (which is essential to attract residents, employers and investment).

A premier example of the global micro-credential trend, the RE Facilitator certification is primarily an add-on credential for those who are already trained in some aspect of managing communities, regions or nations. These include planners, mayors, policymakers, public works directors, economic developers, and private developers. 

Graduates of the RE Facilitator program display “RE” after their name, similar to how professional engineers display “PE” after their names.  This reflects the fact that most of their focus is on “re” activities: redevelopment, restoration, remediation, reuse, repurposing, renewing, reconnecting, etc.

Despite the fact the revitalization and resilience are fairly universal goals in communities all around the planet, few actually have a process for reliably creating resilient, inclusive economic growth. Most just have the usual vision, plan and projects. But the reliable production of ANYTHING—crops, cars or clothing—requires a process. Everyone knows this…except community leaders. That’s why over 95% of community revitalization and resilience projects fail to achieve their goals, and a shocking percentage fail outright.

The reason is usually the lack of a complete renewal process. There’s always at least one crucial element of the process missing. Since most leaders don’t know what the minimum viable process is, they can’t fill the gap. RECONOMICS Institute teaches that complete strategic renewal process—and much more—in their new Revitalization Resilience Facilitator program. That RECONOMICS Process™ can be applied at the community, regional or national levels. Resilient prosperity for all is the intended result.

Our Pandemic Economic Recovery Program (PERP) makes it faster and easier to get multiple local or regional leaders trained and certified as RE Facilitators.  You, as the sponsoring entity—such as a mayor, governor, foundation or corporation—simply pay the tuition in advance for however many RE Facilitators you wish to have certified. 

You receive a $100 discount on each tuition: $225 rather than the normal $325. (This helps you pay for the three books that comprise the curriculum.) We then provide you with a coupon code, so the designated number of individuals can enroll themselves in the program free of charge. 

To enroll your community or region in PERP, email

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