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 annually due to changes in agency policies, appropriations and authorizations for relevant programs.
Minneapolis Promise Zone News
It's August and the Squad of Players Adult Kickball League is nearing the end of its third season. Last Sunday's set of All-Star games, with a rib cook-off contest and a skills competition to judge the longest kick and the fastest around the bases, took place at North Commons Park in North Minneapolis.
Days after the apparent successor to former Minneapolis Police Chief Janee Harteau pledged to repair the department's relationship with the community, a town hall meeting in the Fulton neighborhood demonstrated just how much trust has eroded since a police officer shot and killed a woman in that neighborhood in July.
Ask the people who live and work in north Minneapolis what they'd like to see on W. Broadway and they won't hesitate to share their wish lists: a dry cleaner. A movie theater. A FedEx. A restaurant with cloth napkins. "Some of the things you take for granted elsewhere, you just don't have in north Minneapolis," said Rob Hanson, executive director at the West Broadway Business and Area Coalition.
Last updated Aug 9, 2017