NewDEAL Announces Hill Veteran Lisa Bianco as Political Director

For Immediate Release:
October 13, 2015

Today, NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), a national network of over 140 pro-growth, progressive state and local leaders, announced the appointment of Lisa Bianco as Political Director.  In this role, Lisa will continue to build the network by bringing together leaders focused on expanding opportunity and help them develop and spread innovative ideas to spur economic growth.

Previously, Lisa served as Chief of Staff and District Director to Congressman John K. Delaney (MD-06). She led Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer’s (MD-05) in-state political operation, running his campaign and managing his relationships around the state, including with many state and local leaders. In addition, Lisa has worked on campaigns around the country, including in the Iowa caucuses, New Mexico, Illinois, and her home state of Colorado.

The network is led by our Honorary Chairs, Delaware Governor Jack Markell and U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, as well as our Honorary Regional Chairs: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator Cory Booker of New Jersey, U.S. Senator Chris Coons of Delaware, U.S. Senator Gary Peters of Michigan, California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

“Lisa is passionate about building bridges between pro-growth progressive political, policy and private sector leaders. She understands the importance of facilitating the exchange of ideas and creating strong networks. She brings tremendous energy, talent and drive to her work, and she will be a fantastic resource for all of us as we continue to expand NewDEAL’s reach and impact,” said Debbie Cox Bultan, Executive Director of NewDEAL.

NewDEAL: Sharing Innovation, Promoting Progress

“In 2014, NewDEAL held its first New Ideas Challenge, recognizing the pro-growth, progressive policies and initiatives of state and local leaders. The awards highlighted the work of officials whose solutions are bringing positive, sustainable change to their communities and making government work smarter. Download this paper to read the inspiring profiles of the four winners.”

Source: Governing Magazine 

Ranker named top leader

Kevin Ranker was selected as one of the nineteen leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a national network committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives. Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, Honorary Chairs of the NewDEAL, recognized Ranker’s efforts to grow his state’s economy and preserve its environment by investing in ways to make outdoor recreation an engine of economic opportunity.

“NewDEAL Leaders in communities across the country have proven that winning policy solutions can be both pro-growth and progressive. We are proud to highlight leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to make government more efficient and effective,” said Senator Warner, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

“We believe that in order to address the challenges of the 21st century, we need to look for fresh ideas at the state and local level where leaders like Kevin Ranker are developing and testing innovative solutions to help move our country forward,” said Governor Markell, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

“Senator Ranker is a strong leader in Washington state on pro-growth, progressive issues, and I know he will be an asset to the NewDEAL. His work at the local level to establish the San Juan Islands National Monument is just one example of his commitment to preserving our local environment, which is an economic engine for Northwest Washington,” Congressman Rick Larsen, WA-02, said

“I am proud to be recognized by the NewDEAL for my work to make smart investments for our future that spur economic growth that is sustainable,” said Senator Ranker. “I’m looking forward to sharing ideas with my fellow NewDEAL Leaders and hearing about what’s working best in their communities that can help us grow progress here in the state of Washington.”

Kevin Ranker is currently featured on the NewDEAL’s interactive website at www.newdealleaders.org/leader_ranker_kevin. He joins Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Senator Cyrus Habib as one of the 3 NewDEAL Leaders from Washington.

Source: The Islands’ Sounder

Ranker named one of nation’s top ‘pro-growth progressives’

Washington state Sen. Kevin Ranker was selected as one of 19 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a national network committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are pro-growth progressives.

Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, honorary chairmen of the NewDEAL, recognized Ranker’s efforts to grow his state’s economy and preserve its environment by investing in ways to make outdoor recreation an engine of economic opportunity.

“NewDEAL leaders in communities across the country have proven that winning policy solutions can be both pro-growth and progressive,” Warner said. “We are proud to highlight leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to make government more efficient and effective.”

Markell said that Ranker develops the type of fresh ideas and innovative solutions needed to address the challenges of the 21st century and move the nation forward.

Washington state Congressman Rick Larsen, 2nd District, echoed the praise for Ranker’s progressive, pro-growth leanings, citing the recently created San Juan Islands National Monument as example.

“His work at the local level to establish the San Juan Islands National Monument is just one example of his commitment to preserving our local environment, which is an economic engine for Northwest Washington,” Larsen said.

“I am proud to be recognized by the NewDEAL for my work to make smart investments for our future that spur economic growth that is sustainable,” said Senator Ranker. “I’m looking forward to sharing ideas with my fellow NewDEAL leaders and hearing about what’s working best in their communities that can help us grow and progress here in the state of Washington.”

Ranker is currently featured on the NewDEAL’s interactive website at www.newdealleaders.org/leader_ranker_kevin. He joins Tacoma Mayor Marilyn Strickland and Senator Cyrus Habib as one of three NewDEAL leaders from Washington state.

Source: The Journal of the San Juan Islands

McCarthy Vahey selected to join NewDEAL

Today, Cristin McCarthy Vahey was selected as one of the 19 leaders from across the country to join the NewDEAL, a national network that is committed to highlighting innovative ideas from state and local elected leaders who are progrowth progressives.

Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia, Honorary Chairs of the NewDEAL, recognized Representative McCarthy Vahey’s work to grow the economy by helping cities rebuild their infrastructure in a way that attracts better jobs and promotes more sustainable transportation.

“NewDEAL Leaders in communities across the country have proven that winning policy solutions can be both progrowth and progressive. We are proud to highlight leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to make government more efficient and effective,” said Senator Warner, Honorary CoChair of the NewDEAL.

“We believe that in order to address the challenges of the 21st century, we need to look for fresh ideas at the state and local level where leaders like Cristin McCarthy Vahey are developing and testing innovative solutions to help move our country forward,” said Governor Markell, Honorary CoChair of the NewDEAL.

“I am proud to be recognized by the NewDEAL for my work in expanding opportunities by creating innovative transportation alternatives and creative commuting options,” said Representative McCarthy Vahey. “I am looking forward to working with my fellow NewDEAL leaders and implementing in Connecticut what’s working best in their communities.”

Cristin McCarthy Vahey is currently featured on the NewDEAL’s interactive website at www.newdealleaders.org/leader_mccarthy_vahey_cristin along with Mayor Dan Drew, she joins Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff as one of the 3 NewDEAL Leaders from Connecticut.

Source: Fairfield-Sun.com

Mayor Dan Drew recognized as nationally progressive leader

The city’s mayor was recognized as being one of the most pro-growth and progressive public officials in the nation Wednesday by NewDEAL, a network for leaders exemplifying those very same qualities.

Mayor Dan Drew was one of five mayors of the 19 individuals introduced Wednesday into the NewDEAL cohort, and one of two representatives of Connecticut, along with state Rep. Cristin McCarthy Vahey. Drew and McCarthy Vahey also join Connecticut Senate Majority Leader Bob Duff asthe only three representatives of the Nutmeg State.

“I am thrilled to be a part of the NewDEAL to highlight Middletown’s efforts to build our economy in a way that works for the people and to learn from others so we can apply the best ideas from around the country in our community,” Drew said in a release.

Drew’s biography on the organization’s website credits Drew with closing an $8 million deficit in the city’s economy and upgrading the city’s bond rating. The website also includes his oversight of the city’s police force and enacting a senior relief program as reasons for his induction.

“We believe that in order to address the challenges of the 21st century, we need to look for fresh ideas at the state and local level where leaders are developing and testing innovative solutions to help move our country forward,” said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, honorary co-chairman for NewDEAL, in a statement.

Source: The Middletown Press

Sen. Eric Lesser recognized by progressive, pro-growth group

By: Shira Schoenberg

A national organization aimed at cultivating “pro-growth progressive” leaders has chosen state Sen. Eric Lesser, D-Longmeadow, as one of its up and coming state officials.

NewDEAL is a 4-year old organization that uses its website to share ideas from local officials around the country. It promotes ideas that are progressive and also focus on growing the economy or making government more efficient.

The organization named as its new honorary co-chairs U.S. Sens. Chris Coons, D-Delaware, and Gary Peters, D-Michigan.

It also named 19 up and coming leaders in state and local politics. Lesser was the only one chosen from Massachusetts.

Lesser is a first-term state senator, who previously worked as a White House aide under President Barack Obama.

Other Massachusetts officials recognized by NewDEAL previously include Newton Mayor Setti Warren, Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll and Somerville Mayor Joe Curtatone.

Source: MassLive

NewDEAL Celebrates Four Years Promoting Pro-Growth Progressive Leaders and Ideas; Honorary Co-Chairs Governor Markell and Senator Warner Announce 19 New NewDEAL Leaders and Honorary Vice Chairs

For Immediate Release:
March 25, 2015

This week, as the NewDEAL celebrates four years of promoting pro-growth progressive leaders and ideas, NewDEAL Honorary Co-Chairs Governor Jack Markell (DE) and U.S. Senator Mark Warner (VA) announced today that nineteen rising elected officials from across the country have been selected as the next group of NewDEAL Leaders and that U.S. Senators Chris Coons (DE) and Gary Peters (MI) have been named as NewDEAL Honorary Vice Chairs.

The NewDEAL is a national network committed to highlighting pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to build broadly-earned, sustainable economic growth. Since its launch in 2011, the network has grown from 10 leaders, to 140 state and local leaders from 44 states, and launched an interactive ideas portal highlighting dozens of state and local ideas to grow the economy, expand opportunity for all and make government work better.

“NewDEAL Leaders in communities across the country have proven that winning policy solutions can be both pro-growth and progressive. We are proud to highlight these leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to make government more efficient and effective,” said Senator Warner, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

“We believe that in order to address the challenges of the 21st century, we need to look for fresh ideas at the state and local level where leaders are developing and testing innovative solutions to help move our country forward,” said Governor Markell, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

In addition to Senators Coons and Peters, the NewDEAL is recognizing nineteen leaders who hail from diverse regions of the country:

Chicago Alderman Will Burns, Middletown (CT) Mayor Dan Drew, Nevada Senator Aaron Ford, Long Beach (CA) Mayor Robert Garcia, Tallahassee Mayor Andrew Gillum, California Senator Bob Hertzberg, Massachusetts Senator Eric Lesser, Rhode Island Treasurer Seth Magaziner, Connecticut Representative Cristin McCarthy Vahey, Maryland Delegate Andrew Platt, Washington Senator Kevin Ranker, Idaho Representative Ilana Rubel, San Antonio City Councilor Rey Saldana, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, Albany Mayor Kathy Sheehan, North Carolina Senator Josh Stein, Arkansas Representative Clarke Tucker, Virginia Senator Jennifer Wexton, and Tennessee Senator Jeff Yarbro.

The NewDEAL is committed to helping pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas on its interactive website, www.NewDEALLeaders.org.  The public is encouraged to nominate other state and local elected leaders on the network’s website and stay connected as the NewDEAL highlights more pro-growth progressive ideas.

NewDEAL Announces New Honorary Co-Chairs Governor Markell and Senator Warner

Fostering Strong Pro-Growth Progressive Ideas From the Frontlines of Government

For Immediate Release
March 17, 2015

Today, when proven policy ideas matter more than ever, the NewDEAL announced that Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and U.S. Senator Mark Warner of Virginia have been named as the organization’s two new Honorary Co-Chairs.  Launched in 2011, the NewDEAL is a national network committed to highlighting pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to build broadly-earned, sustainable economic growth.  Since 2011, the network has grown to include 118 leaders from 41 states.

“Both Governor Markell and Senator Warner have championed pro-growth, progressive ideas in their own states – from Governor Markell’s nationally recognized work on education reform and efforts to create more jobs in Delaware to Senator Warner’s work to improve veteran services and promote private sector innovation and small business growth in Virginia.  Throughout their time in public service, these two leaders have advocated for more efficient and effective government that expands opportunity for more people and helps grow the economy for the future. We are thrilled to have them at the helm of the NewDEAL,” said Debbie Cox Bultan, the NewDEAL’s Executive Director.

“Senator Warner and I joined the NewDEAL because we believe that in order for government to meet the challenges of the 21st century, we need to look for fresh ideas at the state and local level that are expanding opportunity for more people and providing a better future for the next generation,” said Governor Markell. “NewDEAL Leaders are developing and testing great ideas every day in their cities and states around the country, and we look forward to helping promote those ideas that are working to move our country forward.”

“I am excited to join the NewDEAL with Governor Markell to help promote these progressive, thoughtful state and local leaders who are offering promising examples of how we can make government more effective,” said Senator Warner. “NewDEAL Leaders are the results-oriented, innovative thinkers our country needs to break the political gridlock in Washington and return trust in government.”

The NewDEAL is committed to helping pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas on its interactive website, www.NewDEALLeaders.org, and through its New Ideas Challenge that was launched last year. The public is encouraged to nominate other state and local elected leaders on the network’s website and sign up to stay connected as the NewDEAL highlights more pro-growth progressive ideas.

In addition to Governor Markell and Senator Warner, the NewDEAL is led by Honorary Vice Chairs: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator Cory Booker (NJ), U.S. Senator Gary Peters (MI), California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

Roll Call Op-ed: Moving Forward, Ideas Matter

By Gov. Jack Markell and Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom

As the dust settles after the midterm elections, it is clear that voters across the country sent a strong message that they have had enough of partisan gridlock and inaction in Washington. And now the hard work begins – turning to the future and to the ideas that will move our nation forward.

It’s often been said that states are the laboratories of democracy. And as state leaders, we know that innovative solutions, big and small, are being put into action every day in cities and states across the country.

Looking ahead, we believe America faces three fundamental challenges: How do we expand opportunity for all Americans? How do we create the economic growth necessary to achieve this? And how do we modernize government so we can rebuild the trust we need to address the challenges of today and tomorrow?

In this partisan environment, it’s easy to throw up your hands and be cynical about government. But the truth is a lot of progress is happening, especially on the state and local level. We’re a part of NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders) — a network of pro-growth progressive mayors, state legislators, county and city officials — and we decided to challenge these leaders to give us their best ideas of what can work. We received more than 60 ideas ranging from improving our schools and investing in infrastructure to reforming taxes and making government more transparent and accountable.

The winners of the “New Ideas Challenge” offer four great examples of innovative, results-oriented policies that can help secure America’s future.

In Salt Lake County, Mayor Ben McAdams is pioneering a new way for government to focus on what works best. Knowing the impact that quality pre-kindergarten programs have, particularly in lower-income communities, McAdams is using Pay for Success Bonds, where private investors pay for the up-front costs of pre-school and get paid back if the programs succeed in saving taxpayers money from fewer at-risk kids using more expensive programs such as special ed. This pay-for-success model gives government the tools to fund an ounce of evidence-based prevention on the front end out of cost savings on the back end—and can be applied to a variety of social services.

Building on work in San Francisco, St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones’ College Savings Program would provide each child entering a public school kindergarten with a seed account of $50, which families can build on via financial incentives for good grades, attendance and family participation in a financial wellness program. Studies show that kids with savings accounts are more likely to enroll in and graduate from college, so these accounts will benefit not just the child, but all of us.

Through his Town-Square Schools program, Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld is transforming school facilities — which too often sit unused — into round-the-clock neighborhood hubs that offer after-school programming, health resources, adult education and recreational opportunities for students, their families and the surrounding community.

And Oregon state Rep. Tobias Read is being recognized for his work with the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange (WCX), a partnership between Oregon, Washington, California and British Columbia to help address their collective infrastructure gap. WCX is working to unlock private investment for public projects, share best practices, partner on smaller projects, and incorporate climate resilience.

These ideas — and many more we received — are promising examples of how to re-imagine government for the 21st century, as we seek to ensure that Americans can compete and win in the changing global economy. And it is exactly this kind of fresh thinking that we hope can be injected into the national debate in the coming months and years. And if so — the real winners will be the American people.

Delaware Gov. Jack Markell is the co-chairman of the New Ideas Challenge. California Lt. Gov. Gavin Newsom is honorary regional chairman of NewDEAL.

Source: Roll Call