Health Care Breakout
Small Business & Entrepreneurship Breakout
Over the past year, state and local leaders have been elevated in an unprecedented way, working on the frontlines in midst of crises around public health, economic opportunity, and racial justice, and playing a crucial role in determining whether the country emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic stronger than before.
This week’s 6th annual NewDEAL Ideas Summit showcased the best of these leaders and their ideas, and we are more optimistic than ever that, with the backing of real partners in the Biden Administration and Congress, we will build back better. Featured speakers joined NewDEAL Leaders from across the country, as well as partners from the private and non-profit sectors, to discuss solutions to political and policy challenges in strengthening the safety net, improving education, supporting entrepreneurship, addressing systemic racism, and more, as well as the keys to maximizing the impact of the huge influx of funding from the American Rescue Plan.
Thank you to the rising state and local NewDEAL Leaders and our public and private sector partners who participated, and to many of you who were able to join us on Wednesday. For those of you who couldn’t make it, or who were only able to attend a portion, see below for more details on our discussions about policy ideas and building back better. If you missed anything, you can watch recordings of the event on our plenary recordings page and on our breakouts recordings page.
We hope you will join us later this year for what we hope will be an in-person Conference in November. Stay tuned for more details!
Highlights from the Opening Plenary
Highlights From Breakout Sessions
In breakout sessions, attendees engaged with discussion co-leaders to delve into lessons learned from the pandemic on three major policy topics:
“Together, at the state and local level, with the lens of focusing on underserved students and stakeholder engagement, we think there is a critical opportunity to accelerate the recovery from the pandemic to support students and to advance educational equity” said Acting Assistant Secretary at the U.S. Department of Education Ian Rosenblum in regards to how to address unfinished learning and pursuing long-term equity.
New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer highlighted, “As it turned out, the COVID-19 pandemic did not impact all communities equally, it attacked vulnerabilities and inequalities that were pre-existing.” He urged attendees to consider, “How do we take the stimulus that we have and our policymaking and make sure there is true quality health care for all?”
Small Business & Entrepreneurship:
Boise Mayor Lauren McLean noted the need to think broadly about the challenges facing small business, like limited access to child care, affordable housing, and transit: “Ultimately if we want to foster entrepreneurship, if we want to continue to support the economy that we have, we have to get at the root, the foundation, the infrastructure if you will.”