Items Types:
Economic Development
For Meeting of:
January 11, 2016
District: 5,6 From:
Contract ID: Document Number:
Exhibits: Yes On File (City Clerk) : Yes Draft Only: No
Grant Received by City?: Yes

Federal Promise Zone Initiative Application Submission and Memorandum of Understanding


The Economic Development Department, in partnership with several City Departments and various community partners, is requesting approval to:

1. Submit a third round Promise Zone application, and

2. Authorize the Mayor to sign a preliminary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU).

A 10 year Federal Promise Zone Designation represents a unique opportunity to partner with the federal government to create jobs, increase economic activity, improve community health, expand educational opportunities and affordable housing as well as reduce violent crime.


Promise Zone communities receive unique benefits including five AmeriCorps VISTA members deployed to the Promise Zone, an assigned federal liaison to help leaders navigate federal programs, as well as preferences for certain competitive federal programs and technical assistance. In addition, businesses investing or involved in the hiring of residents in the Promise Zone area may be eligible to receive tax incentives.


The estimated 10 square mile Promise Zone area (WOPZ-West Orlando Promise Zone) is generally located north of L.B. McLeod Road, south of W. Colonial Drive, east of N. Pine Hills Road and west of I-4. A map of the subject area is attached. The  subject area was selected based on the average level of poverty exceeding 32.5%. A copy of the application guidelines is also attached.

A preliminary Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) among implementing partners will also be executed and included with the application. The MOU describes the implementation partners' financial and resource commitments over a multi-year year period. A Memorandum of Understanding will be coordinated among the Community Implementation Partners setting forth their respective roles and responsibilities.

Fiscal & Efficiency Data: N/A

Recommended Action:
Approving Promise Zone application and authorization for Mayor and City Clerk to execute a preliminary Memorandum of Understanding with Implementation Partners, subject to review and approval of the City of Attorney's Office.

Agenda Item attachment(s) on file in the City Clerks Office.

Note: All agenda items must be in the City Clerk's office by Noon Friday, six(6) business days prior to the regular Monday City Council meeting.

Contact: or 407-246-3276
Approved By:

Department Date and Time
Budget Outside Routing Approval 12/30/2015 10:02 AM
Grants 12/30/2015 10:39 AM
City Clerk 12/30/2015 12:21 PM

Name: Description: Type:
2015-31884_Federal_Register_Promise_Zone_Third_Round.pdf Promise Zone_Federal Register Backup Material
Promise_Zone_Map_Third_Round.pdf Promise Zone Map Backup Material

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