Transcript: White House official on the “Promise Zone” program proposed in the FY2014 budget

Edited by Jenny Jiang
Partial transcript of remarks by a White House official on the “Promise Zone” program proposed in the FY2014 budget. The press briefing was held on April 10, 2013.

Question:
On the Promise Zones – is there a price tag for the whole program and what’s the criteria for communities to take part?

Cecilia Munoz, Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council:
So it’s essentially the sum of the numbers I gave – the $35 million, which is essentially Department of Justice, $300 [million] at Ed [Department of Education], $400 [million] at HUD. Aside from that, other agencies are going to align the programs where they have discretion to align programs but there aren’t necessarily new funds. And then there’s a tax credit proposal as well, which is part of that.

And the agencies are working now on the criteria but the goal is that if you are the leader of such a community – so it could be a county, it could be a city, it could be a neighborhood – it should feel like one doorway in to partnership with the federal government and it would be both resources as well as technical assistance. We would seek to build on a program we have called Strong Cities, Strong Communities, where federal agencies have actually embedded staff on the teams of 6 mayors around the country so that we’re really supporting local leadership and identifying clear goals, clear metrics, and breaking down the barriers within the federal government to make sure that we’re the best possible partner.

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