“I am ecstatic!” Register says. “There were only two people selected from Georgia last year, and both were metro area elected officials.”
According to information from NewDEAL, it is a nonprofit organization that started in 2011 to provide “a national network of rising state and local elected leaders who are pro growth progressives, focused on developing and spreading innovative ideas to spur economic growth that is broadly earned and sustainable.”
The NewDEAL’s mission is to promote these leaders with a national platform that helps them to share their ideas and provides them with the opportunity to connect with other top political, policy and private sector leaders.”
Register says she hopes to gain connections, insight and ideas while providing a voice for the special concerns of rural America. “It’s really exciting that someone from rural Georgia is selected to keep rural issues in the conversation,” she said.
The first meeting will take place in Washington, D.C., in November.
NewDEAL states it connects its leader participants so they can “share their ideas through conference calls, newsletters and online tools, as well as a series of events in D.C. and around the country where they can exchange ideas with their fellow leaders and friends of the network.”
Honorary Chairs of the program are former Delaware Governor Jack Markell and U.S. Sen. Mark Warner.