This month, our podcast An Honorable Profession hit the road for a panel at Tom Tom Fest in Charlottesville, VA. Our host and NewDEAL Leader County Supervisor Ryan Coonerty (Santa Cruz County, CA) talked with fellow NewDEALers Mayor Lee Harris (Shelby County, TN), City Councilmember Andria McClellan (Norfolk, VA), and Mayor Robyn Tannehill (Oxford, MS). Listen to the latest episode to hear what they had to say about choosing public service, working against divisiveness, and their efforts to improve their communities!
As cities prioritize addressing climate change's impacts and the threat of dramatic weather events, policymakers should also be thinking about how they can link their work on climate to work that improves economic resilience for struggling neighborhoods. Check out a column in Governing with examples of how some cities are already connecting these efforts.
NewDEAL Leaders Maryland Senator Bill Ferguson and Delegate Brooke Lierman helped lead a bicameral effort to pass legislation to boost the benefits available for opportunity zones and provide for administration of the Opportunity Zone Enhancement Program. The bill, which the Governor signed into law this week, extends benefits from the More Jobs for Marylanders program to businesses locating or expanding in opportunity zones, and establishes new tax credits, among other things. Read more about the new law.