The University of Hawai’i Economic Research Organization has received $1.2-million of private support to further research Hawai’i’s path to economic recovery.
The funs will allow UHERO, in UH Mānoa’s College of Social Sciences, to employ two full-time members and build capacity for applied research on the most pressing issues that face Hawai’i in the midst of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.
UH President David Lassner said, “We are deeply grateful to our community partners for their robust support of UHERO and the critical economic research that takes place every day. UH expertise is absolutely essential to our pandemic recovery, and these philanthropic investments will help Hawai’i craft a sustainable and thriving path forward for our people across the islands.”
UHERO’s role in Hawai’i’s economic recovery:
- Responds to questions from decision-makers, the press and the community regarding the immediate economic crisis
- Conducts long-term economic recovery analysis, using cutting-edge models to forecast Hawai’i’s economy, even as we navigate unprecedented changes in the state and around the world
- Integrates emerging information on testing and epidemiological models to inform local decision-making to safely restart the economy
- Updates and expands existing analytics tools and visualizations, including new high frequency economic data for every county in the state
Donors include: Hawai’i Community Foundation, Bank of Hawaii Foundation, Kamehameha Schools, First Hawaiian Bank Foundation, DGM Group, Hawaiian Electric Industries, Hawai’i Medical Service Association, Hawai’i Pacific Health, American Savings Bank, Stanford Carr Development, HPM Building Supply Foundation, First Insurance Charitable Foundation, HGEA and Hawai’i State AFL–CIO, Island Insurance Foundation and the Harold K.L. Castle Foundation.
By Kristofel Abella
Ka Lā News staff writer