COVID-19 Resources

With support from the US Economic Development Administration through the US CARES Act of 2020, CBER is providing resources, analysis, and technical assistance to Maine's businesses, communities, and policymakers supporting the response and recovery to the coronavirus pandemic (COVID-19). Please find a collection of resources below. If you have questions or would like to be connected with one of our experts, please contact us at usmcber@maine.edu.

CBER's network of Maine-based experts provide critical insights and share relevant research and information related to the impacts and implications of COVID-19 to Maine's economies, communities, and workforce. To access research papers and commentary click on Critical Insights.

In partnership with the 7 economic development districts (EDDs) in the state, CBER conducts semi-annual and other period updates to regional economic forecasts of the state and EDD regions. The Center also conducts region specific analysis and prepares updated regional economic, demographic, and labor market profiles. Access them by clicking on Regional Economic Forecasts and Analysis.

CBER has developed a new set of regional indices and data dashboard that draw upon current, non-standard economic, demographic, and public health data to inform critical policy decisions on reopening the state’s economy amid COVID-19 and aiding in recovery. The Regional Recovery Index (RRI) and Community Vulnerability Index (CVI) will help monitor and guide resource allocation and impacts during the reopening and recovery period. Both indices and dashboard are set to launch live late October 2020. To access the indices and dashboard click on Data Dashboard.

COVID-19 has disrupted economic and social life across the state and nation and has had significant implications for how work and commerce is conducted and how communities function. Abruptly, roughly half of the US workforce shifted to working remotely while nonessential businesses and were forced to innovate business models and service and product delivery. Residents of large, dense urban areas left cities for places deemed safer, with less density and accessibility to alternative recreation and entertainment options. Shifts in education and health care delivery were also switched to remote delivery placing greater demand for broadband and internet connectivity. Consequently, these changes pose important implications for the state of Maine and the need to understand what opportunities and challenges have emerged and what to do about them.

 

Center experts are conducting research are these issues, specifically related to the labor market and community impacts of large shifts to remote work, the migratory response of remote workers and opportunities for Maine to attract them, and the impact of broadband expansion in the state, among other topics. Check back soon for updates on this research and access by clicking on Special Topics Research.  

To access other general data, research, and information resources related to COVID-19 click on State and National Resources.

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