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Mayor Faulconer Joins White House, Local Officials in Announcing San Diego Promise Zone Designation

Monday, June 6, 2016 - NEWS RELEASE

San Diego – In line with his mission to build One San Diego and to provide opportunities for every resident and family, Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer today joined the Corporation for National and Community Service (CNCS) CEO Wendy Spencer, Congressmen Juan Vargas (CA-51), Scott Peters (CA-52) and many other leaders from across San Diego to announce the city was named as a part of the third and final round of nine new Promise Zone designations.

Mayor Kevin L. Faulconer said, “This Promise Zone designation is critical chapter to our One San Diego book.  It will help us continue to bridge the gaps between communities, forge a bond, and help create opportunities for every resident and family. Through the educational opportunities, financial partnerships and public infrastructure help we receive through this new Promise Zone designation we will continue to level the playing field for every neighbor, every block and every community that wants a chance to succeed.” 

The San Diego Promise Zone (SDPZ) is comprised of three of the City’s most economically disadvantaged neighborhoods, roughly bounded by the San Diego Unified Port District to the west; downtown San Diego and State Route 94 to the north; National City to the south; and the City of Lemon Grove to the east. The Zone is characterized by high unemployment, low educational attainment, insufficient access to healthy foods, concentrated poverty, rising crime, high rates of youth unemployment, and the least affordable housing in the nation. The Administration issued a Promise Zone designation for this area based on recent rezoning, vacant land along high traffic corridors and public transit accessibility factors, which will help bring economic vitality to this area. 

The President’s Promise Zone initiative, launched in January 2014, pairs federal government partners with local leadership to streamline resources across agencies and deliver comprehensive support.  To date, 13 urban, rural and tribal communities have benefited from competitively-awarded Promise Zone designations, which confers 10 years of significant Federal support for local leaders in high-poverty communities to create jobs; increase economic activity; improve educational outcomes; increase access to affordable housing; reduce serious and violent crime; among other locally-defined priorities. Rounds I and II Promise Zones have altogether garnered over $550 million in Federal investments to advance these goals.

Today, the White House announced the third and final round of nine new Promise Zone designations including San Diego, CA; Nashville, TN; South Los Angeles, CA; Atlanta, GA; Evansville, IN; Spokane Tribe of Indians, WA;  Turtle Mountain Band of Chippewa Indians, ND; Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council; and Puerto Rico’s Ceiba, Fajardo, and Naguado Municipalities.

The selection of the San Diego Promise Zone is the result of a collaborative effort among various City of San Diego partners including Civic San Diego, County of San Diego Health and Human Services Agency, Jacobs Center for Neighborhood Innovation, San Diego Housing Commission, San Diego Unified School District and San Diego Workforce Partnership.

This effort also involved several many supporting partners including the Bethel Memorial African Methodist Episcopal Community Development Corp., Barrio Logan College Institute, Family Health Centers of San Diego, Home Start, International Rescue Committee, Jackie Robinson YMCA, Kitchens for Good, Local Initiatives Support Corporation, Metropolitan Area Advisory Council, National University, Project New Village, Reality Changers, San Diego Youth Development Office, San Diego Ysidro Health Center, San Diego Regional Association of Governments, Social Advocates for Youth San Diego, San Diego Futures Foundation, Second Chance, UC San Diego, Urban Collaborative Project, Urban Corps of San Diego County, Urban League of San Diego County and Workshop for Warriors.

CONTACT: Craig Gustafason at (619) 453-9876 or [email protected]





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