Category Archives: Collective Impact

Promise Zones Program Ramps Up Amid Uncertainty About Post-Obama Era

When the Obama administration announced the third and final round of Promise Zone communities in June, perhaps no applicant was more surprised to find itself on the list than South Los Angeles. “We were kind of in disbelief when we … Continue reading

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HUD Announces Eight New Promise Zones

The Department of Housing and Urban Development today announced a second round of winners under the Obama administration’s Promise Zones initiative. Eight new Promise Zones were added to the five that were announced in January, 2014. The new Promise Zones … Continue reading

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Promise Zone Tax Breaks May Not ‘Hold Water’ With Ryan

Tax incentives like those proposed by the Obama administration for its Promise Zones initiative may be unlikely to be enacted outside a broad effort at tax reform. According to a story in Roll Call: Both parties have, in the past, … Continue reading

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Promise Zones: Round Two

On September 19, the Obama administration announced a second opportunity for low-income communities to be designated as Promise Zones. Winning communities will receive preferential treatment in subsequent federal grant competitions, as well as technical assistance to “help local leaders in … Continue reading

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Presidential Task Force on Men and Boys of Color Releases Report Focused on Evidence and Results

On May 28, a White House task force charged with reviewing existing federal initiatives affecting men and boys of color released an initial, 90-day report detailing recommendations that are heavily focused on evidence and data. President Obama created the task … Continue reading

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GAO: Promise Neighborhoods Needs Evaluation Plan, Should Inventory Related Programs and Funding

Promise Neighborhoods, an Obama administration initiative loosely modeled on the Harlem Children’s Zone and other place-based initiatives, lacks an appropriate plan for measuring its results, according to a new report from the U.S. Government Accountability Office (GAO). In its report, … Continue reading

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View From the Inside: The Promise Neighborhoods Peer Review Process

Is it better to be lucky or good? If you were a Promise Neighborhoods applicant, it may have helped to be both. From October 12 to 18, we interviewed 10 of the 102 peer reviewers who scored Promise Neighborhoods applications. … Continue reading

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