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Milwaukee Promise Zones Initiative

The Milwaukee Promise Zone Program was inspired by the federal Promise Neighborhood/Zone programs that began during President Barack Obama’s time in office. In 2013, this designation allowed cities and neighborhoods to form a partnership with HUD and DoE to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, and reduce violent crime. Milwaukee was inspired by this initiative and those goals remained paramount for Common Council President Ashanti Hamilton.

In early 2017, the Milwaukee Promise Zone Initiative was rolled out by Alderman Hamilton and other Council members as a multi-pronged approach to spur positive change in four designated Promise Zones. Community partners, city agencies and Common Council representatives focus on improving economic activity, creating jobs, increasing educational opportunities, and enhancing healthy neighborhoods through a place based strategy. The Economic Opportunity Zones were created in the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017.

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MPZ Individual Zones

There are currently four Promise Zones across Milwaukee and one Satellite Zone. Click the image to the left for more information.


MPZ Partners

In the first year of its existence, the Milwaukee Promise Zones initiative saw many victories through the different partnerships we have made with Community Based Organizations and other local businesses, faith institutions, and residents. Click the picture to the left to learn more.


MPZ Upcoming Events

Stay up to date on events happening in each of the Milwaukee Promise Zones.

Milwaukee Promise Zones Photos

Milwaukee Promise Zones Videos

Promise Zones
(City Channel)

2018 Promise Zones Meet and Greet
(Fox 6)

2018 Promise Zones Kick Off Event
(Fox 6)




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The Milwaukee Promise initiative is a multifaceted city effort to address systemic poverty, joblessness, poor health, crime and low educational achievement in city neighborhoods.

Milwaukee Promise Zones 2018 Final Report

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Milwaukee Promise Zones

2018 Final Report

District 1 Alderman
Ashanti Hamilton
News Releases
Promise Zone Map

Phone: (414) 286-2228

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