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Humphrey School Faculty Attend White House Workshop on Promise Zone Partnerships

September 28, 2016
The White House

Three Humphrey School of Public Affairs faculty members have been tapped by the White House to help strengthen work around the country supporting Promise Zones—partnerships established by the Obama Administration to create opportunity for low-income Americans through education and community collaboration.

Laura Bloomberg, associate dean, John Bryson, McKnight Presidential Professor of Planning and Public Affairs, and Lauren Martin, affiliate faculty member, traveled to Washington, DC, last week for a workshop hosted by the White House, the U.S. Department of Agriculture, and the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. They were among about 75 individuals from around the United States—the only from Minnesota—invited to attend.

The workshop brought together representatives from Promise Zones, leading researchers, and academic institutions to look at ways to enhance researcher and university engagement in these designated areas. The goal is to launch a collaborative effort to scale models for university partnerships that are accelerating local progress, identify opportunities to contribute to larger learning about Promise Zones’ approach, and chart a path forward to ensure that communities have the support they need from local institutions to succeed.

Minneapolis is one of 22 Promise Zones designated in high-poverty urban, rural and tribal communities across the country, where the federal government has committed to providing 10 years of coordinated support to advance locally defined economic mobility. Announced in President Obama’s 2013 State of the Union address, the Promise Zone Initiative is the key part of Obama’s work to establish a collaborative federal role that is is driven by partnership with local communities. 

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