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Obama Administration Announces Competition to Designate Next Round of Promise Zones

Promise Zones Competition

The Obama Administration invites a new round of eligible applicants to apply for a Promise Zone designation. All communities can apply that meet the eligibility criteria, and demonstrate high need, a strong local commitment and a compelling strategy. HUD intends to designate six urban communities and the USDA intends to designate at least one rural and at least one tribal community.

Application Deadline

Submit completed applications via www.Max.Gov on November 21, 2014 by 5:00pm EST.

Resources for Applicants

View the HUD Promise Zones Press Release.

The urban, rural and tribal application guides and Frequently Asked Questions can be found on HUD's Promise Zones page

To receive information about the Promise Zone initiative, please subscribe to the Promise Zones Mailing List.

Additional questions on how to apply and for eligibility should emailed to Promisezones@hud.gov.


HUD, in close collaboration with the USDA, will convene three distinct webcasts for urban, rural, and tribal applicants to provide an overview of the second round Promise Zones Designation with interested communities. There will also be time at the end of the webcast for questions and answers.

Dates and times are as follows:

Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcast (Tribal)
Monday, September 29, 2014
1:00 - 2:00p.m. EDT
Please RSVP to receive the Tribal webcast link

Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcast (Rural)
Monday September 29, 2014
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Please RSVP here to receive the Rural webcast link

Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcast (Urban)
Wednesday, October 1, 2014
3:00 - 4:00 p.m. EDT
Please RSVP here to receive the Urban webcast link.


Leslie Wheelock (Tribal Webcast)
Director of Tribal Relations
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Max Finberg (Rural Webcast)
Senior Advisor and Coordinator, StrikeForce for Rural Growth and Opportunity Initiative
U.S. Department of Agriculture

Valerie Piper (all 3 Webcasts)
Deputy Assistant Secretary for Economic Development
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development

RSVPs are mandatory for each webcast and they are due by 5:00pm on Wednesday, September 24, 2014. On Friday, September 26, 2014, links to the webcasts will be sent out to those who RSVP'd.

These webcasts are off the record and not for press purposes.

View the Fact Sheet on Second Round Promise Zones Designations.

View the Promise Zone Fact Sheet from the White House Domestic Policy Council.

Promise Zones Initiative


The Promise Zones initiative seeks to revitalize high-poverty communities across the country by creating jobs, increasing economic activity, improving educational opportunities, reducing serious and violent crime, leveraging private capital, and assisting local leaders in navigating federal programs and cutting through red tape.


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, the first urban, rural, and tribal Promise Zones were announced in a ceremony at the White House. They are located in: San Antonio, Los Angeles, Philadelphia, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

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. A list of the federal agencies along with the programs affiliated with the Promise Zone initiative is available on HUD's Promise Zones page

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