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Second Round Promise Zone Competition Announced Creating Economic Opportunities in High-Poverty Communities

September 22, 2014
The Obama Administration invites a new round of eligible applicants to apply for a Promise Zone designation.
 
All communities can apply that meet the eligibility criteria, and demonstrate high need, a strong local commitment and a compelling strategy. The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) intends to designate six urban communities and U.S Department of Agriculture (USDA) intends to designate at least one rural and at least one tribal community.
 
The Promise Zones Initiative seeks to revitalize high-poverty communities across the country by creating jobs, increasing economic activity, improving educational opportunities, reducing serious and violent crime, leveraging private capital, and assisting local leaders in navigating federal programs and cutting through red tape.
 
In January, the President announced the first five urban, rural, and tribal Promise Zones. They are located in: San Antonio, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.
 
For communities selected, the federal government will partner to help the Promise Zones access the resources and expertise they need. There are 12 federal agencies this year working in close collaboration to provide resources and expertise to urban, rural, and tribal Promise Zones to expand economic mobility and opportunity in their communities. A list of the federal agencies along with the programs affiliated with the Promise Zone initiative is available on the HUD website.
 
HUD in close collaboration with USDA will convene three distinct webcasts for urban, rural, and tribal to discuss the second round of the Promise Zone Initiative with interested communities. There will also be time at the end of the webcast for questions and answers.
 
Webcast Dates and Times
 
Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcast (Tribal)
Sept. 29, Monday
10 a.m.-11 a.m.
Please RSVP here to receive the TRIBAL webcast link
 
Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcast (Rural)
Sept. 29, Monday
12-1 p.m. 
Please RSVP here to receive the RURAL webcast link.
 
Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcast (Urban)
Oct. 1, Wednesday
12-1 p.m.
Please RSVP to receive the URBAN webcast link.
 
RSVPs are mandatory for each webcast and due by 2 p.m., Wednesday, Sept. 24. On Friday, Sept. 26, links to the webcasts will be sent to those who RSVP’d.
 
Submit completed applications via www.Max.Gov by Nov. 21 at 2 p.m.
 
Additional Resources
  • White House Fact Sheet on Second Round Promise Zone Competition.
  • HUD’s Fact Sheet on Second Round Promise Zones Designation.
  • View the urban, rural and tribal application guides and frequently asked questions online.


 
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