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Promise Zones

President Barack Obama talks with students and law enforcement officials about community relations and programs that build trust between youth and the police, at the Salvation Army Ray and Joan Kroc Corps Community Center in Camden, N.J., May 18, 2015. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)


In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama announced that he would designate 20 Promise Zones nationwide: urban, rural, and tribal communities where the Administration would partner with local leaders to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime. On January 9, 2014, President Obama announced the five First Round Promise Zone designations in a ceremony at the White House. On April 28, 2015, eight Second Round Promise Zone designations were announced.

For communities selected, the federal government will partner to help the Promise Zones access the resources and expertise they need. To date, there are twelve federal agencies 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.

Promise Zones Overview

Federal Resources for Rural and Tribal Communities

Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities

2015 Promise Zone Federal Programs - Excel Spreadsheet

Community Development Marketplace: Database of Second Round Applicant Project Data

Promise Zones Designees, Finalists, and Applicants

Second Round Designees

Second Round Finalists

Second Round Applicants

First Round Designees

First Round Finalists


Secretary Julian Castro Talks about Creating Opportunities through Promise Zones

Promise Zones Federal Partners

For communities selected, the federal government will partner to help the Promise Zones access the resources and expertise they need. To date, the twelve federal agencies involved in revitalization efforts include:

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Promise Zones News & Announcements

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Second Round Promise Zones Announcement

On April 28, 2015, the Obama Administration proudly announced the next round of urban, rural, and tribal communities that have received a Promise Zone designation. Eight communities were selected.

Second Round Designees

Second Round Finalists

Second Round Selection Process FAQs

Third Round Promise Zones Competition

A competition to select a third round of Promise Zones will commence later this year. In the Summer of 2015, HUD will publish a Notice in the Federal Register requesting public comment on the proposed selection process, criteria, and submissions for the final round of the Promise Zones initiative. 

This will be an opportunity for urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide to help shape the third round application guide so that the initiative can support other communities more effectively in future years.

Join the mailing list to receive announcements and to follow the new round of Promise Zones in their journey.

Rural Gateway

The Rural Gateway is an information clearinghouse providing technical assistance, training workshops, and peer learning and resource sharing to support rural housing and economic development.


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