Governor Markell Announces Winners of the NewDeal ‘New Ideas Challenge’

 

National Judges Choose Winning Policy Solutions from Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones, Oregon State Rep Tobias Read, and Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld

For Immediate Release
December 3, 2014

Washington, D.C. Today at an awards ceremony in Washington DC, Governor Jack Markell, an honorary chair of the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), announced the winners of the group’s 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 winners — whose policy solutions were chosen out of a competitive field of 60 submissions –are Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams, St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones, Oregon State Rep Tobias Read, and Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld.

The first ever 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. At a time of national gridlock, this network of leaders is offering innovative solutions from the front lines of government. All of the idea submissions are viewable at a new website unveiled today, www.newdealleaders.org.

“Everyday, the pro-growth progressive leaders who are a part of the NewDEAL network are championing ideas to modernize government for the 21st century. These exceptional winners of the New 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 New Ideas Challenge.

Salt Lake County Mayor Ben McAdams won in the category of ‘Top Public Private Partnership.’ Knowing the impact that quality pre-kindergarten programs have, particularly in lower-income communities, Mayor McAdams is using Pay for Success Bonds, where private investors pay for the upfront 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 like 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. “At a time of national gridlock, I’m proud that Salt Lake County is showing how—in a bipartisan way— we can solve problems, providing families with a game-changing opportunity for their children. Another important result is that we’re saving taxpayer dollars by partnering with both the private and the nonprofit sectors to fund this innovative initiative,” said Mayor McAdams.

In the category of ‘Expanding Opportunity for All’, St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones is recognized for her winning College Savings Program which would provide each child entering a public school kindergarten with a seed account of $50 for families to build on via financial incentives for good grades, attendance, and family participation in a financial wellness program. “We are thrilled to be selected as a winner of the NewDEAL New Ideas Challenge for our college savings account plan,” said Treasurer Jones. “Studies show that children with college savings accounts are more likely to enroll in and graduate from college. I am determined to do whatever I can to help the children of St. Louis have access to post secondary education.”

Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld won in the ‘Making Government Work Better’ category for his Town-Square Schools program which seeks to transform school facilities–which too often sit un-used–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. “Being part of NewDEAL has exposed me to some of the sharpest policy minds and most talented leaders from around the country, motivating me to elevate my own ideas for making government work and growing our economy,” Councilman Sittenfeld said. “It’s a genuine honor to win NewDEAL’s ‘New Ideas Challenge’, and further proof that pro-growth progressives are the right kind of leaders to get our country moving again.”

Oregon State Representative Tobias Read won in the category of ‘Growing the Economy for the Future.’ He 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. “There is no challenge so large that it can’t be tackled through innovation, collaboration, and investment,” said Representative Read. “That’s exactly what the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange and the New Ideas Challenge are all about. Infrastructure fuels our economy now and in the future, but every region in the country is struggling to finance necessary projects. I’m proud to join Governor Kitzhaber, Treasurer Wheeler and the other leaders of the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange in recognizing that by seeking innovative approaches and the involvement of the private sector in public infrastructure, we can stretch taxpayer dollars further and deliver better projects.”

“As a Governor and former Mayor, I know that the best ideas about moving our country forward often come from innovators on the front lines of state and local governments. I’m thrilled by the New Ideas Challenge and know it will stimulate the kind of fresh thinking we need. I’m impressed by these finalists, and am excited to see their ideas put into action,” said Governor O’Malley, Honorary NewDEAL Co-Chair.

These winners were chosen out of sixty submissions by an esteemed panel of judges who are thought leaders in the policy arena: Diana Carew, Senior Economist, Progressive Policy Institute; Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz; Suzanne Nora Johnson, Vice Chair, Brookings Institution; Jim Kessler, Vice President, Third Way; Sonal Shah, Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation; and Andy Stern, former President Emeritus of SEIU.

More info about the NewDEAL can be found at www.newdealleaders.org.

The Daily Northwestern: State Sen. Daniel Biss honored for retirement savings solution

 

By Paige Leskin

State Sen. Daniel Biss (D-Evanston) was selected last week as a finalist in an innovative policy contest for his plan to provide more Illinois workers with retirement savings.

Developing Exceptional American Leaders, known as NewDEAL, named Biss as one of the finalists Wednesday in the New Ideas Challenge.

“Daniel Biss has impressed us with his innovative solution to grow the economy and expand opportunity for all,” Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, honorary co-chair of the New Ideas Challenge, said in a news release. “I congratulate him and the other 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.”

Biss, a member of NewDEAL, a national network of progressive politicians, was chosen for his policy solution called the Secure Choice Savings Program.

The solution is a response to Illinois employers who scale back on retirement benefits and Illinois employees who struggle to save money, Biss’ spokeswoman Katharine Eastvold said.

“Particularly low-wage workers, they’re living paycheck to paycheck,” Eastvold said. “They’re spending everything they make, they don’t know about various savings instruments, they are not financially literate … We’re going to have a crisis where people are coming to retirement age and they don’t have anything saved.”

Instead of workers having to opt into a retirement plan and learn about various financial services, such as Individual Retirement Arrangements and 401(k) accounts, Biss’ plan automatically creates a retirement account for each worker. Three percent of an employee’s income would be deducted and put into the account for retirement savings, unless employees decide to change it themselves.

The program puts no burden on the employee or employer, making it a win-win policy, Eastvold said. The program is designed to increase the number of workers that are saving for retirement, thus allowing older people to be able to leave the workforce and make room for younger employees that are entering it, she said.

The Senate approved Biss’ program in April. Although there is a possibility the bill will be passed during the state House of Representatives’ executive session before the governor’s inauguration in January, the program will likely be introduced as a new bill in the next session, Eastvold said.

The award does not come with a monetary prize, but with recognition and publicity that could help Biss to push his bill through the General Assembly, Eastvold said.

“(He’ll) be able to go to his colleagues and say, ‘Hey, this isn’t just something I came up with on the back of a napkin, this is something that’s a nationally recognized policy idea, something that could really be important for the future of Illinois,’” Eastvold said.

Source: The Daily Northwestern

Michigan Live: Flint Mayor named finalist in national challenge for plan to transform Chevy in the Hole

By Amanda Emery

FLINT, MI — Flint Mayor Dayne Walling has been named a finalist in a national challenge for his policy solution for Chevy in the Hole.

Two of the honorary chairs of the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders) Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and Delaware Governor Jack Markell announced on Wednesday, Nov. 19, the finalists of the group’s New Ideas Challenge.

Mayor Dayne Walling was chosen from a competitive field as a finalist for his policy solution, Chevy Commons, a green remediation plan for the Chevy in the Hole brownfield along the Flint River, according to a news release from the City of Flint.

Walling’s plan would convert the former industrial site into an open community space with grassland, wetland, woodland and other natural environmental features that will attract resident and visitors for recreational activities while simultaneously cleaning the soil over time, according to the release.

“It is an honor for our work in Flint at the new Chevy Commons site to be recognized by a forward-looking national network,” Walling said in a statement. “I want to give credit to our team and partners, who are all working hard to transform Flint and this project is a great example of our creative and inclusive approach.”

Walling was chosen as one of 16 finalists out of a total of 60 applicants. A winner in each of four categories — growing the economy for the future, expanding opportunity for all, making government work better, and best public private partnership — will be announced on Dec. 3, in Washington, D.C., according to the release.

The city partnered with the Genesee County Land Bank who provided needed assistance on the Chevy Commons project.

“The Genesee County Land Bank has worked with Mayor Walling and his team on the Chevy Commons project for several years,” said Doug Weilland, Executive Director of the Genesee County Land Bank in a statement. “We are proud of the fact that after many years there is now a plan in place to return this Brownfield property to productive use as green space and trail-ways for the enjoyment of the community. Its strategic location between Kettering University and downtown Flint makes this project even more important.”

Walling is a member of the NewDEAL, which is a network of pro-growth progressive state and local elected officials who are working to expand opportunity in the changing economy, according to the release.

The Chevy Commons project is funded by a $1.6 million grant front the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the first phase of renovations – which will involve dumping dirt over the concrete and installing a parking area, walking paths and shrubs in about a third of the space.

A second grant of $1.9 million was awarded to the Genesee County Land Bank in September for the Chevy Commons for the second phase of plans for transforming the former General Motors property to a massive public park with walking paths.

Phase two of the work involves the development of a Genesee Valley Trail extension through the site, including building connections to regional trail systems, enhancing Flint River views, improving access to the river for fishing and creating “flexible spaces for community use.”

Source: Michigan Live

Portland Business Journal: Contracting jobs plan could bring honors to Beaverton lawmaker

By Andy Giegerich

An Oregon lawmaker is in line for a hefty honor as the state looks to boost infrastructure efforts among the West Coast states and British Columbia.

Rep. Tobias Read, a Beaverton Democrat, was named as a finalist in the NewDEAL“New Ideas Challenge.” Read’s leading the charge to develop the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, which aims to add more jobs in contracting realms, among other sectors.

NewDEAL looks to nurture“smart, pro-growth progressive solutions” that can be rolled out across the country.

The West Cost Infrastructure Exchange seeks to attract private investments for public projects, as well as bundle smaller projects and share best practices while taking climate change matters into account.

The region faces a $1 trillion infrastructure financing gap over the next 30 years.

“Because of Tobias’s work in the legislature on ideas like the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, Oregon is on track to address our region’s infrastructure needs – creating family wage jobs and investing in Oregon’s future,” said John Mohlis, executive secretary of the Oregon Building and Construction Trades Council, in a release.

“This project is serving as a model to the rest of the country, as every other state in the nation is facing significant infrastructure challenges. Already, this innovative idea is being copied in other parts of the country.”

Source: Portland Business Journal

Utah Policy: Salt Lake County Names Finalist in “New Ideas Challenge”

Mayor Ben McAdams is one of 16 national finalists selected for coming up with an innovative policy solution in local government.

The ‘New Ideas Challenge 2014’ is a competition sponsored by The New DEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders) network—a group of pro-growth leaders serving in elected office around the U.S.

The finalists were announced by two of the honorary chairs of the NewDEAL—Governor Jack Markell of Delaware and Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland.

Mayor McAdams is a member of the NewDEAL—a national network of pro-growth state and local elected officials working to expand opportunity in the changing economy. He is a finalist in the “Best Public-Private Partnership” category for the county’s pay for success pilot program that helped expand access to voluntary, high-quality preschool for 600 economically-disadvantaged children in the Granite School District’s public preschool program. Salt Lake County partnered with Voices for Utah Children, United Way of Salt Lake and Goldman Sachs on the pay for success project.

“At a time of national gridlock, I’m proud that Salt Lake County is showing how—in a bipartisan way—we can solve problems, providing families with an opportunity to pursue a bright future for their children.  Another important result is that we’re saving taxpayer dollars by partnering with both the private and the nonprofit sectors to fund this innovative initiative,” said Mayor McAdams.

More information about the pay for success approach is available here.

Mayor McAdams was chosen as one of 16 finalists out of a total of 60 applicants by an esteemed panel of judges who are thought leaders in the policy arena. A winner in each of four categories—growing the economy for the future, expanding opportunity for all, making government work better, and best public private partnership—will be announced on December 3rd in Washington, D.C.

“As a Governor and former Mayor, I know that the best ideas about moving our country forward often come from innovators on the front lines of state and local governments.  I’m thrilled by the New DEAL ‘New Ideas Challenge’ and know it will stimulate the kind of fresh thinking we need,” said Governor O’Malley, Honorary NewDEAL Co-Chair.

Source: Utah Policy

East Village Magazine: Walling Finalist in NewDEAL New Ideas Challenge

By Jason Lorenz

Two of the honorary chairmen of the NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley and Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, announced the finalists of the group’s New Ideas Challenge Nov. 19.

Walling was chosen from a competitive field as a finalist for his policy solution, Chevy Commons, a green remediation plan for the Chevy in the Hole brownfield along the Flint River. The plan outlines converting the former industrial site into an open community space with grassland, wetland, woodland and other natural environmental features that will attract residents and visitors for recreational activities while simultaneously cleaning the soil over time.

Walling is a member of the NewDEAL — a national network of pro-growth progressive state and local elected officials working to expand opportunity in the changing economy. The first New Ideas Challenge gives recognition to smart, pro-growth progressive solutions that are being developed and tested by state and local leaders across the country. At a time of national gridlock, this network of leaders is offering applied solutions from the front lines of government.

“As a governor and former mayor, I know that the best ideas about moving our country forward often come from innovators on the front lines of state and local governments. I’m thrilled by the NewDEAL New Ideas Challenge and know it will stimulate the kind of fresh thinking we need. I’m impressed by these finalists, and am excited to see their ideas put into action,” said O’Malley.

Walling was chosen as one of 16 finalists out of 60 applicants by a panel of judges who are thought-leaders in the policy arena. A winner in each of four categories — growing the economy for the future, expanding opportunity for all, making government work better and best public and private partnership — will be announced Dec. 3 in Washington, D.C.

“It is an honor for our work in Flint at the new Chevy Commons site to be recognized by a forward-looking national network,” said Walling. I want to give credit to our team and partners, who are all working hard to transform Flint. This project is a great example of our creative and inclusive approach.”

“Every day the pro-growth progressive leaders who are a part of the NewDEAL network are championing ideas to modernize government for the 21st century. Walling and the other finalists of the NewDEAL New Ideas Challenge have impressed us with innovative solutions to grow the economy and expand opportunity for all. I congratuate 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 Markell.

“The Genesee County Land Bank has worked with Mayor Walling and his team on the Chevy Commons project for several years,” said Doug Weiland, Genesee County Land Bank executive director. “We are proud of the fact that after many years there is now a plan in place to return this brownfield property to productive use as green space and trailways for the enjoyment of the community. Its strategic location between Kettering University and downtown Flint makes this project even more important.”

Visit www.newdealleaders.org for more information about the NewDEAL.

Follow Walling on Twitter @MayorWalling using #NewDEALIdeas.

Source: East Village Magazine

Cincinnati.com: Sittenfeld Finalist for National Leadership Award

By Sharon Coolidge

The Developing Exceptional American Leaders — a national group aimed at sharing the innovative ideas of local and state elected leaders – announced Thursday that Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld’s “Town Square Schools” project is a finalist for the group’s New Ideas Challenge.

Town Square Schools turns underutilized schools into round-the-clock neighborhood hubs, offering after-school programming, health resources, adult education and recreational opportunities for students, their families, and the surrounding community.

“P.G. Sittenfeld has impressed us with his innovative solution to grow the economy and expand opportunity for all,” said Delaware Gov. Jack Markell, an honorary co-chairman of the New Ideas Challenge.

Sittenfeld was one of 60 applicants. The winner will be announced Dec. 3.

Governors O’Malley and Markell Announce Finalists

For Immediate Release
November 19, 2014

Today, two of the honorary chairs of NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders), Governor Martin O’Malley and Governor Jack Markell, announced the finalists of the group’s 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 first ever 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.  At a time of national gridlock, this network of leaders is offering innovative solutions from the front lines of government.

“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 New 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 New Ideas Challenge.

Sixteen finalists were chosen out of sixty applicants by an esteemed panel of judges who are thought leaders in the policy arena:  Diana Carew, Senior Economist, Progressive Policy Institute; Former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz; Suzanne Nora Johnson, Vice Chair, Brookings Institution; Jim Kessler, Vice President, Third Way; Sonal Shah, Executive Director of the Beeck Center for Social Impact & Innovation; and Andy Stern, former President Emeritus of SEIU.  A winner in each of four categories – growing the economy for the future, expanding opportunity for all, making government work better, and best public private partnership – will be announced on December 3rd in Washington D.C.

“As a Governor and former Mayor, I know that the best ideas about moving our country forward often come from innovators on the front lines of state and local governments. I’m thrilled by the New Ideas Challenge and know it will stimulate the kind of fresh thinking we need. I’m impressed by these finalists, and am excited to see their ideas put into action,” said Governor O’Malley, Honorary NewDEAL Co-Chair.

The finalists in each category are listed below, and descriptions of their ideas are both attached and at this link: https://newde.al/NewDEALIdeas

Expanding Opportunity for All

Illinois Senator Daniel Biss, Secure Choice Retirement Savings Programs

Salem (MA) Mayor Kim Driscoll, Middle School Expanded Learning Time

Maryland Senator Bill Ferguson, Race to the Tots

St. Louis City Treasurer Tishaura Jones, College Savings Program

Growing the Economy for the Future

New York Assemblymember David Buchwald, Innovation Vouchers

New Mexico Auditor-elect Tim Keller, ROI on Tax Expenditures

Oregon Representative Tobias Read, West Coast Infrastructure Exchange

Montgomery County (MD) County Councilmember Hans Riemer, Gigabit Speed Networks

Making Government  Work Better

Chattanooga Mayor Andy Berke, Chattanooga Open Data

Denver Mayor Michael Hancock, Peak Performance

Cincinnati City Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld, Town-Square Schools

Burlington (VT) Mayor Miro Weinberger, Public Investment Option Fund

Most Innovative Public-Private Partnerships

Cook County (IL) Commissioner Bridget Gainer, Cook County Land Grant

Texas Representative Eric Johnson, Investing for Re-entry Not Recidivism

Salt Lake County (UT) Mayor Ben McAdams, Pay for Success

Flint (MI) Mayor Dayne Walling, Recycling Brownfields

Governor O’Malley and Senator Begich Announce NewDEAL Leaders and Honorary Regional Chair

For Immediate Release
October 22, 2014

Today, NewDEAL Honorary Co-Chairs Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska announced that eleven state and local elected leaders from across the country have been selected as the next group of NewDEAL Leaders and that California Lieutenant Governor Gavin Newsom has been named as one of the NewDEAL’s Honorary Regional 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.

“Senator Begich and I joined the NewDEAL because we believe that we need to look for fresh ideas not just from the top down in Washington, DC, but also from the around the country, where local leaders are developing and testing their ideas out on the ground,” said Governor O’Malley, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

“I’m honored to work with the NewDEAL to highlight state and local leaders from around the country with ideas to make government work better for all of us,” said Lieutenant Governor Newsom.  “I’m looking forward to sharing my ideas and hearing about what’s working best in other communities that can help us expand opportunity here in California.”

In addition to Newsom, the NewDEAL is recognizing eleven leaders who hail from diverse regions of the country:

Lincoln (NE) City Councilor Leirion Gaylor Baird, Jersey City Mayor Steve Fulop, New York City Councilor Dan Garodnick, Pittsburgh City Councilor Dan Gilman, New Jersey Assembly Majority Leader Lou Greenwald, Indianapolis City Council President Maggie Lewis, Downingtown (PA) Mayor Josh Maxwell, Nebraska Senator Jeremy Nordquist, New Jersey Assemblymember Troy Singleton, Arkansas Representative Warwick Sabin, and Dayton Mayor Nan Whaley.

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.

The NewDEAL is led by Honorary Chairs Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, as well as our Honorary Regional Chairs: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, U.S. Senator Cory Booker, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.

Next 12 NewDEAL Leaders Announced by Governor O’Malley and Senator Begich

For Immediate Release
October 17, 2014

Today, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska announced that twelve rising elected officials from across the country have been selected as the next group of NewDEAL Leaders for their work championing pro-growth progressive ideas.

The twelve latest NewDEAL leaders hail from diverse areas around the nation:

Utah State Representative Rebecca Chavez-Houck
Pennsylvania Auditor General Eugene DePasquale
Nevada Assemblymember Jason Frierson
Cook County (IL) Commissioner Bridget Gainer
Washington State Representative Cyrus Habib
Charlotte City Councilor David Howard
Arkansas State Senator David Johnson
Virginia State Delegate Rob Krupicka
Montgomery County (PA) Commissioner Josh Shapiro
Michigan State Representative Sam Singh
Texas State Representative Mike Villarreal
Kansas State Representative Brandon Whipple

“Senator Begich and I have joined the NewDEAL because we believe that we need to look for fresh ideas not just from the top down in Washington, DC, but also from the bottom up, where local leaders like these are developing and testing their ideas out on the ground,” said Governor O’Malley, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

“Too often in DC, pro-growth and progressive goals are seen as opposed to each other. But as former mayors, Governor O’Malley and I saw firsthand how solutions that were both pro-growth andprogressive could help to grow the economy in a way that expands opportunity for everyone. I am proud of the NewDEAL’s work to highlight these leaders from across the country with innovative ideas to build economic growth,” said Senator Begich, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

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 expand opportunity by making government smarter.

The network’s mission is to bring these leaders together to provide them with a national platform to share their innovative ideas as well as opportunities to network with other top political, policy, and private sector leaders. The public is encouraged to nominate other state and local elected leaders on the network’s website, www.NewDEALLeaders.org, and to stay connected as the NewDEAL highlights more pro-growth progressive ideas.

The NewDEAL is led by Honorary Chairs Maryland Governor Martin O’Malley and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska, as well as our Honorary Regional Chairs: Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper, Newark Mayor Cory Booker, Columbus Mayor Michael Coleman, former Miami Mayor Manny Diaz, and Houston Mayor Annise Parker.