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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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Public Comment Period Officially Closed on September 28, 2015

On behalf of the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA), we would like to thank everyone who provided written public comments on the Third Round of the Promise Zones initiative.

The Third Round public comment period is now closed. During the 60 day public comment period, HUD and USDA asked for input on the following topics:

  • Draft Third Round Application Guides
  • MAX Survey Platform
  • Community Development Marketplace
  • Promise Zones Website
  • Communications and Stakeholder Engagement
  • Data Collection, Research, and Evaluation
  • Overarching Questions about the Promise Zones Initiative

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. Once the application is finalized, the FAQ's will be updated to include responses to the public comments.

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.

If you have any questions regarding the third round, please email us at:

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