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.
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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