In his 2013 State of the Union address, President Obama announced the establishment of the Promise Zones Initiative to partner with high-poverty communities across the country to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing, and improve public safety.
On January 9, 2014, President Obama announced the first rural and tribal designated Promise Zones in a ceremony at the White House. They are located in Southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation in southeast Oklahoma.
Each designee put forward a plan on how they will partner with local business and community leaders to make investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity.
In exchange, the Federal government is helping these Promise Zone designees secure the resources and flexibility they need to achieve their goals.