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Obama, Jarrett Background on ‘Promise Zones’


In January the Obama administration unveiled its “ladders-of-opportunity” plan starting with the first 5 of 25 “promise Zones”.

First lady Michelle and President Barack Obama wait for the arrival of French President François Hollande for a State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

First lady Michelle and President Barack Obama wait for the arrival of French President François Hollande for a State Dinner at the North Portico of the White House on Tuesday, Feb. 11, 2014, in Washington. (AP Photo/ Evan Vucci)

According to the Fact Sheet, the first 5 zone areas are:

  • The City of San Antonio’s (Eastside Neighborhood) key strategies include:

    – Focusing on job creation and training, including through a partnership with St. Philip’s College, in key growth areas including energy, health care, business support, aerospace/advanced manufacturing, and construction.

    – Empowering every child with the skills they need by increasing enrollment in high quality pre-K programs; installing a STEM focus in the local school district; expanding enrollment in Early College Programs; and improving adult education opportunities.

    – Expanding public safety activities to facilitate neighborhood revitalization; improved street lighting and demolishing abandoned buildings; and integrated public safety activities with social resources.

  • The City of Los Angeles’s (Neighborhoods of Pico Union, Westlake, Koreatown, Hollywood, and East Hollywood) key strategies include:

    – Increasing housing affordability by preserving existing affordable housing and partnering with housing developers to increase the supply of affordable new housing to prevent displacement.

    – Ensuring all youth have access to a high-quality education, and are prepared for college and careers through its Promise Neighborhoods initiative, by partnering with the Youth Policy Institute and L.A. Unified School District to expand its Full Service Community Schools model from 7 schools to all 45 Promise Zone schools by 2019.

    – Ensuring youth and adult residents have access to high-quality career and technical training opportunities that prepare them for careers in high-growth industries through partnerships with career and technical training schools and the Los Angeles Community College District.

    – Investing in transit infrastructure including bus rapid transit lines and bike lanes, and promoting transit-oriented development (TOD) that attracts new businesses and creates jobs.

    – Charging its Promise Zone Director and Advisory Board with eliminating wasteful and duplicative government programs.

  • The City of Philadelphia’s (West Philadelphia) key strategies include:

    – Putting people back to work through skills training and adult education; classes on small business development to support entrepreneurs; loans and technical assistance for small resident-owned businesses; and the development of a supermarket providing both jobs and access to healthy food.

    – Improving high-quality education to prepare children for careers, in partnership with Drexel University and the William Penn Foundation, through increasing data-driven instruction that informs teacher professional development; developing school cultures that are conducive to teaching and learning; mentoring middle and high school youth with focus on college access and readiness; and increasing parent engagement.

    – Preventing and reducing crime in order to attract new residents and long-term investments, through strategies such as focused deterrence, hot spots policing, and foot patrol.

  • In Southeastern Kentucky, the Kentucky Highland’s Investment Corps’ key strategies include:

    – Implementing a sustainable economic effort across eight counties in the Kentucky Highlands region, focused on diversifying Southeastern Kentucky’s economy to make it more resilient.

    – Creating jobs and growing small businesses by leveraging $1.3 million of private sector funds in a revolving loan fund targeted within the Promise Zone.

    – Creating leadership and entrepreneur training for youth and industry-specific re-training opportunities for local skilled workforce, through the University of Kentucky Economic Development Initiative, the East Kentucky Concentrated Employment Program, and the Kentucky Highlands Investment Corporation.

    – In order to ensure all youth have access to a high-quality education Berea College will run evidence-based college and career readiness programs for high school students in the Zone, while Eastern Kentucky University will expand technical education programs.

  • The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma’s key strategies include:

    Improving skills for tomorrow’s jobs, through workforce training for skilled trades and professionals and more rigorous summer and after-school programs.

    Leveraging its role as the largest employer in southeastern Oklahoma to create a strong base for economic revitalization by working with partners, like Oklahoma State University, Eastern Oklahoma State College, and the Kiamichi Technology Center to improve workforce training for skilled trades and professionals, with a focus on providing nationally-recognized STEM certifications.

    Investing in infrastructure that lays the foundation for economic growth, including water and sewer infrastructure; these infrastructure challenges have been identified as impediments to investment in an area with otherwise strong growth potential.

    Improving educational outcomes by working across 85 school districts throughout the region to share data for continuous improvement, and bolster early literacy and parent support programs.

    Pursuing economic diversification by utilizing natural, historic, and cultural resources to support growth, including evaluation of market capacity for local farmers’ markets, as well as implementation of technology-enhanced “traditional” farming and ranching, and large-scale greenhouses and specialized training in business plan development, marketing, and financing to support the development of women-owned businesses in the Promise Zone.

According to the administration’s Partnering with Local Communities statement, “[t]hese areas – urban, rural, and tribal – have all committed, in partnership with local business and community leaders, to use existing resources on proven strategies, and make new investments that reward hard work. They have developed strong plans to create jobs, provide quality, affordable housing and expand educational opportunity, which we’ll help them execute with access to on-the-ground federal partners, resources, and grant preferences.

Wonder if the people of Chicago, the city both Obama and Valerie Jarrett (as well as Hillary Clinton and a plethora of other D.C. elites) hail from, would agree that ‘promise zones’ from this administration are going to provide jobs, affordable housing, or quality anything.

As if the “Affordable” Obamacare fiasco isn’t enough to raise eyebrows, perhaps a little background on the already proven failure to the people regarding this administration’s promise zone agenda, will.

Ladders of Opportunity

The LoA promise states that in order “[t]o make America once again a magnet for jobs, the Budget invests in high-tech manufacturing and innovation, clean energy, and infrastructure, while cutting red tape to help businesses grow.”

The truth is, that in November 2012 the Obama administration proposed 6,125 regulations in a 90-day period. According to the IJ Review, the Obama administration had issued an average of 68 regulations per day. In the year and 3 months since that time, new regulations have amounted to higher insurance costs, higher full time unemployment rates, and quashed individual rights to keep their own doctor, and that was just due to the implementation of Obamacare.

And while the LoA also promises that “[t]he Budget does all of these things as part of a comprehensive plan that reduces the deficit and puts the Nation on a sound fiscal course,” it doesn’t mention that the current national debt of $17.3 trillion is a $7 trillion increase in the five years Obama has been in office.

And finally the LoA states that “[t]he Budget builds on the progress made over the last four years to expand opportunity for every American and every community willing to do the work to lift themselves up. It creates new ladders of opportunity to ensure that hard work leads to a decent living.

With a rising debt, higher unemployment, and a list of broken promises, any ladder of opportunity is surely not going to come from an administration that has experience in ensuring zones of poverty reign in order to make themselves and their friends wealthier.

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