Social Progress Index

This week, NewDEAL Leader San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo partnered with Social Progress Imperative and other organizations to become the first city in the US to launch the Social Progress Index, a tool to help guide public investment to the neighborhoods most in need. The index complements other economic measures to look more deeply at quality of life, using 42 indicators and 50 datasets, and will help city officials steer policy toward resolving inequities and disparities. Read more details on the launch or check out the database on San Jose’s city website.

Burlington, VT’s Net Zero Energy Roadmap

This week, NewDEAL Leader Burlington, VT Mayor Miro Weinberger unveiled the city’s new Net Zero Energy Roadmap, which outlines how the city will become net zero on carbon emissions across its ground transportation, electric, and heating sectors by the year 2030. The road map uses both carbon-cutting and energy efficiency improvements to reach net zero, and offers incentives for homeowners and businesses who wish to make improvements on their own properties. Read more details about the roadmap and its four key goals.

A Green Agenda for the Future

NewDEAL Leader New Castle County Executive Matt Meyer announced the county’s new GreeNCC Agenda to combat climate change and protect the environment as the county grows and builds. The agenda focuses on clean water, sustainable communities, cleaner energy, and more, and County Executive Meyer outlined ways that community members can get involved to take a stand on climate change and support the agenda. Check out his op-ed for more details about the broad range of goals and priorities the county has set with this new agenda.

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NewDEALers Inducted into Bloomberg and Rodel Classes

This week, 6 NewDEAL Mayors were announced as part of the 3rd class of the Bloomberg Harvard City Leadership Initiative, through which 41 mayors from around the world will participate in a yearlong education program to develop municipal executive leadership. NewDEAL Mayors in this year’s class are Kate Gallego (Phoenix, AZ), Leirion Gaylor Baird (Lincoln, NE), Eric Johnson (Dallas, TX), Rick Kriseman (St. Petersburg, FL), Lovely Warren (Rochester, NY), and Nan Whaley (Dayton, OH).

 

A number of NewDEALers were also announced as part of the Aspen Institute’s 2019 class of Rodel Fellows, a program that brings together promising young political leaders to discuss underlying principles of democracy and responsibilities of public leadership while boosting a thoughtful and bipartisan dialogue. NewDEALers in this year’s Rodel Fellows class are Mayor Steven Fulop (Jersey City, NJ), Mayor Kate Gallego (Phoenix, AZ), Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib (Washington), Sec. of State Alex Padilla (California), and Senate Minority Leader Jeff Yarbro (Nashville, TN).

Investing in Rural Broadband

This week, NewDEAL Leader Colorado Senator Kerry Donovan saw three of her bills become law, including the rural broadband infrastructure bill she has worked years to pass. The bill focuses on installation of broadband infrastructure in rural areas, which have struggled to compete economically due to lack of access and slow connection speeds. Senator Donovan called the bill “a national model” and expects it to be duplicated in other states. Learn more about the bill and others that were signed into law.

 

BankLOCAL Expands

NewDEAL Leader Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner announced that his BankLOCAL initiative is expanding after two successful years of operation. BankLOCAL, which was one of six winners of the NewDEAL 2017 New Ideas Challenge policy competition, incentivizes banks and credit unions to make loans to local small businesses by moving state money into community banks, opening up capital for reinvestment. Learn more about BankLOCAL, which has supported loans for more than 235 small businesses so far. Click here to tweet about Treasurer Magaziner’s work on BankLOCAL.

Encouraging Banks to Improve Equity of Service

NewDEAL Leader St. Louis Treasurer Tishaura Jones is working to encourage banks to improve the services they offer in low- to middle-income neighborhoods and create more equity in banking opportunities. Treasurer Jones has expanded the questions the city asks of banks that seek to receive city deposits, such as by looking for detailed data on programs for the unbanked and on issues like home loan denials for African-American residents. Read more about her work in the St. Louis Post-Dispatch, or check out her interview on the subject with local public radio.

Expanding Access to Clean Energy

NewDEAL Leader Nevada Assemblymember Daniele Monroe-Moreno recently presented a bill to create an expanded solar access program. The program aims to help renters and low-income customers have access to using solar power offered by electric utilities or through a community-based project, something that is often only available to people who own a home or have the money to finance installation. Learn more about the bill, which also includes workforce training.

Clean Energy Leadership

This week, the Boise City Council approved a plan to achieve 100% clean energy by 2035, an initiative sponsored by NewDEAL Leader Council President Lauren McLean. The plan involves six actionable strategies, each with their own targets, to lay out a cost-effective path for the switch to clean energy. Read more about Boise’s commitment, which made it Idaho’s first city to commit to a 100% renewable energy goal.

Building the Alternative Energy Economy

NewDEAL Leader New Bedford, MA Mayor Jon Mitchell welcomed new state plans to build offshore wind facilities in his city, harnessing the area’s commercial port and high winds to provide 1600 megawatts of electricity by 2027. Mayor Mitchell has been working for years to make New Bedford the most attractive candidate to be America’s offshore wind capital, from infrastructure projects to prep the port to education and workforce training programs to prep talent ready to work in alternative energy. Read the Well News’ write-up on this major investment in wind energy and in New Bedford’s economy.