Today, the White House announced a second launch of the 'Promise Zone' Competition. The initiative is part of a federal plan to create a "new pathway to the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime". In January of 2014, the Obama Administration announced the winners of the first round of applicants, chosen by its inter-agency panel. The winning zones have already witnessed incredible successes including rising graduation rates, the start of fresh food supply programs, growing numbers of job opportunities, housing and commercial development projects, and improvements to communities' access to clean drinking water. Today’s announcement of a new Promise Zone competition will help bring similar success to high-poverty communities across the country.
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Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide are invited to submit a plan to partner with local business and community members to make informed investments. In exchange, the awardees will receive:
- - Preferred access to certain competitive federal investments
- - Federal staff on the ground
- - And five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members
The deadline for submitting Promise Zone applications is November 21, 2014.
Applications must be submitted via www.Max.gov.
More information about the Promise Zone initiative and how to apply is available at www.hud.gov/promisezones .