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SWFL Promise Zone

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The Southwest Florida Promise Zone (SFPZ) was one of two rural areas designated by President Obama on May 6, 2016 during the third and final round of Promise Zone designations. The SFPZ, which is the only Promise Zone in Florida, covers all of Glades and Hendry Counties as well as the Immokalee portion of Collier County. The Promise Zone is a partnership led by the Southwest Florida Regional Planning Council with goals of creating jobs, enhancing economic activity, improving educational opportunities, reducing crime and improving community infrastructure.

Promise Zones receive priority access to federal grant programs, federal staff on the ground to help implement their goals and full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to the capacity of the Promise Zone initiatives. Promise Zone designations have a term of ten years and may be extended as necessary to capture the full term of availability of the Promise Zone tax incentives if enacted by Congress. (include map of PZs)

Over the past two years the 13 previously designated Promise Zone communities have garnered over $550 million in Federal investments to advance their goals.