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
- Six 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 annually due to changes in agency policies, appropriations and authorizations for relevant programs.
Minneapolis Promise Zone News
Wirth Cooperative Grocery opened this past August in a space on the first floor of the Commons at Penn, a building that sits on the corner of Penn Avenue and Golden Valley Road in the Willard-Hay neighborhood of North Minneapolis. Its product offerings continue to evolve as it gets feedback from its "shopper community."
The storyline on the Minneapolis housing market has been locked in place for years, now: strong sales, short supply, rising prices. "I feel like a broken record," said Cotty Lowry, president of the Minneapolis Area Association of Realtors, or MAAR. "It's always the same story: Nothing to sell and multiple offers."
Minnesota's Commissioner of Administration Matt Massman and Commission of Employment and Economic Development Shawntera Hardy took part in town hall meeting Wednesday night geared toward entrepreneurs and small business owners on Minneapolis' North Side. Although the topic was economic development and small business assistance on the North Side, attention quickly turned to minority unemployment and how minority- and women-owned businesses can compete for state contracts.
While trumpeting north Minneapolis' recent double-digit percent drop in violent crime, police Inspector Aaron Biard stopped himself midsentence from making the same mistake that has landed many an official in hot water. "Don't ever tell North Siders that crime in low," he said. It was just one of many lessons Biard, who began his career helping to keep troubled kids off the streets and out of jail, picked up from form Fourth Precinct Inspector Mike Kjos.
Last updated Nov 9, 2017