According to Recovery.gov, "the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 has three main goals:
Create and save jobs
Spur economic activity and invest in long-term economic growth
Foster unprecedented levels of accountability and transparency in government spending
This $787 billion Recovery plan was intended to jumpstart the economy but many of the projects funded by Recovery money, especially those involving infastructure improvements, are expected to contribute to economic growth for many, many years."