Monday, June 06, 2016

Safe Promise Spaces

They're government safe spaces:
The list brings to 22 the number of urban, rural and Indian communities that carry the Promise Zone designation, a cornerstone of President Barack Obama’s anti-poverty and urban development agenda. The designation comes with no guaranteed new federal money but gives communities an advantage in applying for grants, as well as special access to federal employees who act as liaisons and guides through federal bureaucracy.

Since launching with five zones in January 2014, the zones have secured more than $550 million in federal investments, according to the White House.

The designations are awarded in a competition that rewards applicants who’ve crafted a clear and comprehensive plan for addressing the area’s needs, said Cecilia Munoz, director of the White House’s Domestic Policy Council.

“The Promise Zone program is built on the notion that local leadership is in the best position to know how to reach a tipping point locally,” Munoz said. “If you’re selected, we will be your partner. We will mobilize ourselves as the federal government in service of your plan.”
They might be better off without the "help..."

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