About Promise Zones
PZs are federally designated, high poverty communities where Federal Government agencies partner with local organizations and leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, and leverage private investment. There are a total of twenty-two urban, rural and tribal PZs across the nation. More information
The Minneapolis Promise Zone (MPZ) supports a comprehensive, community-driven revitalization strategy that builds on and aligns numerous initiatives to address the persistent unemployment, crime, housing blight, and poor educational outcomes that affect the area.
Visit this site often to get the latest news and information about the work being done in the MPZ.
Promise Zone Boundaries
West to East: Queen Avenue North to the Mississippi River
North to South: 45th Avenue North/Victory Memorial Drive to Basset Creek Valley
MPZ Community Resources
The MPZ has:
- A full time Equity Manager
- Nine AmeriCorps VISTA members
- A Federal liaison assigned to help designees navigate federal programs
- Preference for certain competitive federal grant programs and technical assistance from participating federal agencies
Altogether, this package of assistance will accelerate local efforts. The PZ designation lasts for a term of 10 years. During this term, the specific benefits made available to PZs will vary from year to year, and sometimes more often than annually, due to changes in the agency policies and changes in appropriations and authorizations for relevant programs.
Minneapolis Promise Zone News
A rift between Minneapolis Mayor Betsy Hodges and Police Chief Janee Harteau led to a communication breakdown that hindered the city's response to an 18-day occupation of a north Minneapolis police station following the fatal police shooting of Jamar Clark, a new federal report concluded.
The United States Department of Justice issued a report Monday surrounding how the Minneapolis Police Department handled the 4th precinct protests that followed the fatal officer-involved shooting of Jamar Clark in November of 2015. The DOJ report made 71 recommendations to the City of Minneapolis, specifically focusing on leadership and incident command, internal and external communication, use of force, training, equipment and tools for managing demonstrations, officer safety and community engagement.
Last updated Mar 22, 2017