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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.

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Third Round Promise Zones Initiative

Third Round Open for Public Comment

The third and final round of the Promise Zones competition will open in the Fall of 2015. HUD and USDA invite you to provide written comments on ways to improve the future competition.

From July 29, 2015 through September 28, 2015, public comments will be accepted on the proposed selection process, criteria, and submissions for the third round of the Promise Zone Initiative. This is an opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions on how the Administration can better support communities to jumpstart economic development, job creation, affordable housing, education, and public safety.

Read the Federal Register Notice which provides instructions for providing written comments on the proposed selection process, criteria, data and evaluation, and MAX Survey platform.

All written comments will be considered before finalizing the Third Round Application Guides to ensure that the initiative can support communities more effectively in future years.

View the draft Third Round Urban Application Guide.

View the draft Third Round Rural and Tribal Application Guide.

MAX Survey Platform

To help applicants, HUD has created a MAX Survey test site to provide an opportunity to test the electronic application submission platform. Communities will be able to request an individualized link to access and test the application stage site including fillable forms, attachment upload fields, error checks and email notifications.

Access MAX Survey.

The third and final round of the Promise Zones competition will open in the Fall of 2015 with announcements anticipated in the Spring of 2016. HUD intends to designate five urban communities and USDA intends to designate one rural and one tribal community.

Promise Zones News & Announcements

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Promise Zones Overview

Federal Resources for Rural and Tribal Communities

Funding and Technical Assistance Opportunities

2015 Promise Zone Federal Programs - Excel Spreadsheet

Promise Zones Designees, Finalists, and Applicants

Second Round Designees

Second Round Finalists

Second Round Applicants

First Round Designees

First Round Finalists

Stakeholder Engagement

Urban Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcast
Tuesday, August 11, 2015
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Rural Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webinar
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
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Tribal Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webinar
Wednesday, August 12, 2015
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Third Round Public Comment Resources

Federal Register Notice

MAX Survey Platform

Community Development Marketplace

Promise Zones Mapping Tool

Draft Third Round Urban Application Guide

Draft Third Round Rural and Tribal Application Guide

Data Collection, Research, and Evaluation


Certification Form and Guidance for Promise Zone Preference Points or Priority/Special Consideration

Competition Webcast Archive

Competition Application Material Archive

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Rural Gateway

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