The NewDEAL recognizes civic innovations that are making a difference in communities across America.
In the wake of the 2016 elections, it’s clear that many Americans are looking for leaders who directly address the profound anxieties resulting from the new economy. The 2017 Ideas Challenge identifies the policies that best embrace a 21st-century economy that works for everyone at a time when the job market – and the skills valued in it – has changed dramatically.
Whatever one’s opinions of the new president, it’s clear he built his campaign around these anxieties. NewDEAL leaders across the country are developing, fighting for and implementing pro-growth, progressive policies that address these challenges, making good on the promise of states as laboratories of democracy. Together, they are among those best positioned to contribute to an agenda that gives everyone a better chance to thrive in the future and sends a message that the best way forward can’t be found by looking back to the way things were.