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Promise Zones - Third Round Competition Stakeholder Informational Sessions

On December 18, 2015, U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced that communities may now apply to be designated a Promise Zone under the third and final round competition.

Any community meeting the eligibility criteria can apply for a designation. The deadline for submitting Promise Zone applications is Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 5:00 PM EST. Announcements will be made in the Spring of 2016.

Third Round Urban Stakeholder Webcasts

HUD will host two webcasts to provide information and guidance to communities applying for designation for the third round of the Promise Zones Initiative. The webcasts will provide an overview of the Third Round Urban Application Guide and will include a question and answer session. Communities are encouraged to submit questions in advance to promisezones@hud.gov. Please include on the subject line: Questions for Urban Webcast.

Urban Webcasts
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
11:00 AM – 12:00 PM EST
Register for this webcast.

Monday, February 1, 2016
2:30 – 3:30 PM EST
Register for this webcast.

Third Round Rural and Tribal Informational Webinars

USDA will host two distinct webinars to provide information and guidance to communities applying for a rural or tribal designation for the third round of the Promise Zones Initiative. The webinars will provide an overview of the Third Round Rural and Tribal Application Guides and will include a question and answer session.

Rural Webinar
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
1:30 – 2:30 PM EST
Register for this webinar.

Tribal Webinar
Wednesday, January 13, 2016
3:30 – 4:30 PM EST
Register for this webinar.

Mapping Tool and Max Survey Informational Sessions

During the month of January, HUD and USDA will host 3 informational sessions for prospective applicants. Applicants will have an opportunity to ask technical questions regarding the mapping tool and max survey. Informational sessions will be recorded. Replay information for each informational session will be posted on the Promise Zones webpage.

Application related questions should be submitted to promisezones@hud.gov.

Informational Sessions: Mapping Tool and Max Survey
Thursday, January 14, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Register for this informational session.

Thursday, January 21, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Register for this informational session.

Thursday, January 28, 2016
2:00 – 3:00 PM EST
Register for this informational session.

Resources for Applicants

A Notice has been posted to the Federal Register with information on how to apply.

View the urban, rural and tribal application guides, the Promise Zone Fact Sheet, and the Frequently Asked Questions.
Application related questions should be directed by email to promisezones@hud.gov.

More information is available on the Promise Zones webpage.

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