NewDEAL Mayors were out in force during this year's SXSW in Austin, TX. Check out a few highlights, including insights on dealing with challenges associated with technology from NewDEAL Mayors Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC) and Chris Cabaldon (West Sacramento, CA), digital inclusion from Tim Keller (Albuquerque), building trust between cities and citizens from Sam Liccardo (San Jose, CA) and the opioid crisis from Nan Whaley (Dayton, OH).
As climate unpredictability and extreme weather events increase, it's important for cities to plan for resilience, as well as take steps to mitigate impact on the climate and environment. Read Governing's look at what states and cities are already doing to confront climate change.
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.