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Indianapolis Promise Zone Director Job Announcement

The John Boner Neighborhood Centers is seeking a dynamic and passionate leader to serve as the Director of the IndyEast Promise Zone. The IndyEast Promise Zone is a ten-year federal designation designed to promote housing redevelopment, economic development, job creation, improve educational outcomes and increase public safety for residents on the near eastside of Indianapolis. Built upon the neighborhood’s quality of life plan, eleven partners have joined the Boner Center in this long term commitment in addressing structural challenges towards creating a thriving and vibrant community. Interested candidates should submit cover letter, resume and references to jtaylor@jbncenters.org. No phone calls please. Read the Job Description.

Funding Opportunities

U.S. Department of Justice

U.S. Department of Justice Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation

The U.S. Department of Justice announced the opening of the grant solicitation period for comprehensive funding to American Indian and Alaska Native tribal governments and tribal consortia to support public safety, victim services and crime prevention improvements.

For the FY 2016 CTAS, a tribe or tribal consortium will submit a single application and select from any or all of the nine competitive grant programs referred to as “purpose areas.”  This approach allows the department’s grant-making components to consider the totality of a tribal nation’s overall public safety needs.

The nine purpose areas (PA) are:
  • PA1 - Public Safety and Community Policing (COPS)
  • PA2 - Comprehensive Tribal Justice Systems Strategic Planning (BJA)
  • PA3 - Justice Systems and Alcohol and Substance Abuse (BJA)
  • PA4 - Corrections and Correctional Alternatives (BJA)
  • PA5 - Violence Against Women Tribal Governments Program (OVW)
  • PA6 - Children’s Justice Act Partnerships for Indian Communities (OVC) 
  • PA7 - Comprehensive Tribal Victim Assistance Program (OVC)
  • PA8 - Juvenile Justice Wellness Courts (OJJDP)
  • PA9 - Tribal Youth Program (OJJDP) 

Read DOJ’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2016 Coordinated Tribal Assistance Solicitation (CTAS).

Read the CTAS fact sheet.

Tribes or tribal consortia may also be eligible for non-tribal, government-specific (non-CTAS) federal grant programs and are encouraged to explore other funding opportunities for which they may be eligible. Additional funding information may be found at the Department of Justice’s Tribal Justice and Safety website.

Department of Transportation

Beyond Traffic: The Smart City Challenge

The USDOT is encouraging cities to put forward their best and most creative ideas for innovatively addressing the challenges they are facing. The vision of the Smart City Challenge is to demonstrate and evaluate a holistic, integrated approach to improving surface transportation performance within a city and integrating this approach with other smart city domains such as public safety, public services, and energy. The USDOT intends for this challenge to address how emerging transportation data, technologies, and applications can be integrated with existing systems in a city to address transportation challenges. The USDOT seeks bold and innovative ideas for proposed demonstrations to effectively test, evaluate, and demonstrate the significant benefits of smart city concepts.

The USDOT will make an award of up to $40 Million award for one mid-sized city that can demonstrate how advanced data and intelligent transportation systems (ITS) technologies and applications can be used to reduce congestion, keep travelers safe, protect the environment, respond to climate change, connect underserved communities, and support economic vitality.

The USDOT will issue two separate solicitations to carry out this challenge. This solicitation will result in selection of an estimated five Smart City Challenge Finalists who will receive funding to support concept development and planning activities. The follow-on second solicitation, which will be released in March 2015, will invite the Smart City Challenge Finalists to apply for funding to support implementation of their proposed demonstration.

Funding Opportunity Informational Webinars
The United States Department of Transportation (USDOT) will host Informational Sessions.

View the USDOT virtual session presentations.

Informational Sessions: Beyond Traffic: The Smart City Challenge

Session: In Person: Smart City Forum
Date: 12/15/2015
Time: 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM EST
Location: U.S. Department of Transportation (1200 New Jersey Ave SE, Washington, DC)
Register for this session

Session: Virtual: Data, Architecture, and Standards
Date: 12/16/2015
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 PM EST
Registration: By 12/15/2015

Session: Virtual: Connected Vehicles and Automation
Date: 12/17/2015
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 PM EST
Registration: By 12/16/2015

Session: Virtual: The Sharing Economy, User-Focused Mobility, and Accessible Transportation
Date: 12/18/2015
Time: 1:00 to 2:30 PM EST
Registration: By 12/17/2015

Session: Virtual: The Smart City Challenge Application and Selection Process
Date: 12/21/2015
Time: 1:00 to 2:00 PM EST
Registration: By 12/18/2015

Deadline: February 4, 2016

Read DOT’s Funding Notice.

Promise Zone Spotlight

Nelton Court public housing in Hartford’s Promise Zone gets a facelift

Nelton Court public housing located in the North Hartford, Connecticut Promise Zone recently celebrated the completion of a much needed redevelopment. The original 157 unit Nelton Court was a severely distressed and out of date public housing development built in the 1940’s, the property was redeveloped into 80 spacious walkup units with green space buffers and a community center. The project includes an additional eight units located across the street from the property that are being rehabilitated. Ninety seven percent ($26.4 million) of the entire project budget was funded by HUD; additional funding was provided by the State’s Department of Economic and Community Development Brownfield grant $500,000 and the Connecticut Light and Power Company energy rebate $250,000.

Promise Zones In The News

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