March 29, 2012

The NewDEAL Celebrates One Year Anniversary with Next Group of NewDEAL Leaders

Today, Governor Martin O’Malley of Maryland and U.S. Senator Mark Begich of Alaska announced that nine 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, which range from regionalizing government services to using historical preservation to spur economic growth to creating a one-stop shop for local businesses.

The NewDEAL is a national network committed to highlighting pro-growth progressive state and local elected leaders from across the country and their innovative ideas to build broadly-earned, sustainable economic growth.

“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 first hand 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.

“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 are developing and testing their ideas out on the ground,” said Governor O’Malley, Honorary Co-Chair of the NewDEAL.

The NewDEAL is recognizing nine leaders who hail from diverse regions of the country.  Those nine are:

South Carolina Representative Mia Butler Garrick, Georgia Senator Jason Carter, Ferndale (MI) Mayor Dave Coulter, Amesbury (MA) Mayor Thatcher Kezer, Linn County (IA) Supervisor Linda Langston, Minnesota Representative Carly Melin, Minnesota Representative Steve Simon, Cincinnati City Councilmember P.G. Sittenfeld, and Hampton (VA) Mayor Molly Ward.

The NewDEAL is committed to helping pro-growth progressive leaders share their innovative ideas on its interactive website,  The public is encouraged to nominate state and local elected leaders on our website and stay connected as we highlight more of their pro-growth progressive ideas.