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Third Round Promise Zones Announcement

Provide your comments on the proposed selection process, criteria, and submissions for the third round of the Promise Zones initiative.

Today, the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) published a Notice in the Federal Register seeking public comment on the third round of the Promise Zones initiative.

From July 29, 2015 through September 28, 2015, public comments will be accepted on the proposed selection process, criteria, and submissions for the Third Round of the Promise Zone Initiative.

This is an opportunity to provide feedback and suggestions on how the Administration can better support communities to jumpstart economic development, job creation, affordable housing, education, and public safety. Read the Federal Register Notice.

All written comments will be considered before finalizing the Third Round Application Guides to ensure that the initiative can support communities more effectively in future years.

The draft Third Round Urban Application Guide and the draft Third Round Rural and Tribal Application Guide are available on the Promise Zones website.

MAX Survey Platform

To help applicants, HUD has created a MAX Survey test site to provide an opportunity to test the electronic application submission platform. Communities will be able to request an individualized link to access and test the application stage site including fillable forms, attachment upload fields, error checks and email notifications.

Access MAX Survey.

The third and final round of the Promise Zones competition will open in the Fall of 2015 with announcements anticipated in the Spring of 2016. HUD intends to designate five urban communities and USDA intends to designate one rural and one tribal community.

Stakeholder Engagement

HUD will host a webcast to provide an overview of the draft Third Round Urban Application Guide and to provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions about the request for comment.

Urban Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webcast
Tuesday, August 11, 2015 2:30 - 3:30 p.m. EDT
Please RSVP to receive the Urban webcast link.

Rural and Tribal Stakeholder Webinars
USDA will host two distinct webinars to provide an overview of the draft Tribal and Rural Third Round Application Guide and to provide an opportunity for the public to ask questions about the request for comment.

Rural Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webinar
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 1:00 - 2:00 p.m. EDT
Please check the Promise Zones website for the registration link.

Tribal Promise Zone Initiative Stakeholder Webinar
Wednesday, August 12, 2015 from 2:00 - 3:00 p.m. EDT
Please check the Promise Zones website for the registration link.

More information is available on the Promise Zones website.


 
            
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