There was the 20th century New Deal, President Franklin Roosevelt's federal response to the economic downturn of the 1930s, and now the 21st century New Deal, a nonprofit network looking for local solutions to our current economic downturn. The NewDEAL (Developing Exceptional American Leaders) regularly singles out regional leaders for what it calls "pro-growth progressive ideas, which range from streamlining government to making clean energy more affordable to connecting small businesses to university research."
Today, NewDEAL selected Boise City Council Member Lauren McLean as one of its 10 "rising leaders." In the announcement, honorary chairs of NewDEAL Maryland Gov. Martin O'Malley and Alaska U.S. Sen. Mark Begich said McLean was among the few American leaders who "are proving that you can be both pro-growth and progressive."
Specificially, Begich and O'Malley said McLean was chosen "for her efforts to grow Boise's economy by promoting sustainable development."
Among other leaders chosen for today's honors were Columbia, S.C., Mayor Steve Benjamin; Phoenix Mayor Greg Stanton; Providence, R.I., Mayor Angel Taveras and Flint, Mich., Mayor Dayne Walling.