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
Developer George Sherman, community and government officials christened Friday morning the $8 million resurrection of a long-shuttered car dealership that has been an eyesore for years at 800 W. Broadway on the near-north side's biggest commercial artery that spans from the Mississippi River to Robbinsdale.
For a time, Alexx Bryant-Hopkins felt getting B's in school was just fine. Alexx's identical twin thought otherwise. Now the 18-year-olds are nearing graduation from Minneapolis North High School with Allie Bryant-Hopkins' 3.9 grade-point average earning her top honors as valedictorian, while Alexx will close out at North with a 3.7 GPA and be recognized as salutatorian.
Ten years ago a sub-prime mortgage crisis was decimating the Northside housing market, part of a national foreclosure epidemic that helped trigger the work downturn in the U.S. economy since the Great Depression. Then on May 22, 2011 a tornado stuck North Minneapolis. In addition to leaving one person dead, the storm left dozens of others homeless and hundreds scrambling to repair or rebuild homes.
A unique career fair helped some of Minnesota's biggest corporations hire and diversify their workforce. Recruiters gathered at the Minneapolis Convention Center on Thursday for the People of Color Career Fair. Organizers say many minority students go away for college and don't look for jobs back in Minnesota.
Last updated Apr 28, 2017