Gov. Markell And Sen. Warner Announce Finalists of the ‘NewDEAL New Ideas Challenge

Today, the Honorary Co¬Chairs of NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), Governor Jack Markell and Senator Mark Warner, announced the finalists of the group’s 2015 New Ideas Challenge. NewDEAL is a national network of pro¬growth progressive state and local elected officials working to expand opportunity in the changing economy.

The New Ideas Challenge gives recognition to smart, pro¬growth progressive solutions that are being developed and tested by state and local leaders all across the country. The policy ideas range in issue areas from tax and regulatory reform, to modernizing the safety net, to strengthening infrastructure. At a time of national gridlock, solutions on the frontlines of government are needed more than ever.

“Everyday, the pro¬growth progressive leaders who are a part of the NewDEAL network are championing ideas to modernize government for the 21st century. The finalists of the NewDEAL Ideas Challenge have impressed us with innovative solutions to grow the economy and expand opportunity for all. I congratulate these results¬oriented state and local leaders not only for the ideas they’re working on locally but also for the ripple effect they’ll create in communities across the country,” said Governor Jack Markell, Honorary Co¬Chair of the Eighteen finalists were chosen out of nearly seventy applicants by an esteemed panel of judges who are thought leaders in the policy arena: Anne Andrew, Founder & Chairman, TerViva; Mark Begich, Former U.S. Senator, Alaska; Steve Glickman, Co¬Founder & Executive Director, Economic Innovation Group; Kathleen Rice, U.S.Congresswoman (NY¬4); Anne¬Marie Slaughter, President & CEO, New America; and Angel Taveras, Bloomberg Mayors Challenge Winner & Former Providence (RI) Mayor. A winner in each of six categories will be announced at an Awards Ceremony on November 18 in Washington D.C.

“As a former Governor, I know that the best ideas about moving our country forward often come from innovators on the front lines of state and local government. I’m excited by the fresh thinking demonstrated by NewDEAL Leaders through the Ideas Challenge and excited to see their ideas put into action,” said Senator Mark Warner, Honorary NewDEAL Co¬Chair.


The finalists in each category are listed below, and descriptions of their ideas are both attached and at this link:

Modernizing the Safety Net

Santa Cruz (CA) County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty​, Santa Cruz PACT

Cook County (IL) Commissioner Bridget Gainer​, Cook County Land Bank Authority

Texas Representative Eric Johnson​, Prize­Linked Savings Accounts

21st Century Education and Skills

Louisville (KY) Mayor Greg Fischer​, Beech Technologies

Cook County (IL) Commissioner Bridget Gainer​, Skills That Matter

Maryland Delegate Andrew Platt​, Evidence Based Policy ­ College Financial Aid Success

Making Government Work Better

South Bend (IN) Mayor Pete Buttigieg​, S.BEND Reports

Denver (CO) Mayor Michael Hancock​, PocketGov

New Jersey Assemblymember Troy Singleton​, Citizen Co­Sponsor

Tax & Regulatory Reform

California Senator Robert Hertzberg​, Upward Mobility Act

New Mexico Auditor Tim Keller​, Money on the Sidelines

Arkansas Representative Warwick Sabin​, Working Families Opportunity Act

Infrastructure & Energy for the Future

Chattanooga (TN) Mayor Andy Berke​, Bridging the Digital Divide

California Senator Robert Hertzberg​, Renewable Energy Market

Boise (ID) City Councilor Lauren McLean​, Boise’s Geothermal LIV District

Encouraging Innovation

Texas Representative Eric Johnson​, Crowdfunding for Communities

Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser​, High­Tech Business Investor Tax Credit

Colorado Representative Dan Pabon​, Colorado Crowdfunding Act

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