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.
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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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.
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.
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