The 13th episode of our podcast "An Honorable Profession" is now available! Listen to host Ryan Coonerty talk with fellow NewDEAL Leader Lincoln, NE Councilmember Leirion Gaylor Baird about implementing innovative policy solutions in Lincoln's collaborative environment, whether through partnerships with different kinds of organizations or through work across the aisle with colleagues. Find the podcast here or on iTunes, Google Play, Spotify, and anywhere podcasts are found!
The housing affordability crisis is spreading to rural America, with the number of households spending at least half their income on housing on the rise in at least one-fourth of America's most rural counties. Read Pew Stateline about some of the factors contributing to the issue and see their county-level map to explore the problem in greater depth.
NewDEAL Leader Gary, IN Mayor Karen Freeman-Wilson joined a local bank partner to announce a new micro-loan program this week. The program offers access to financing for small, minority-owned, and at-risk businesses, especially targeting businesses that may not qualify for traditional bank financing. Read more about the program, which is part of the mayor's Microenterprise Initiative.