National Coalition of Promise Zones partners with federal agencies in response to COVID-19 crisis

The National Coalition of Promise Zones (NCPZ) partnered with the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Community Liaisons to host the inaugural National Coalition of Promise Zones 2020 Federal Convening, a series of 16 virtual presentations from federal agencies, change agents, and community leaders. The presenters shared information about federal and non-federal funding, resources, and opportunities for place-based collective community development. A wide range of topics were covered. (The list of the presentation titles, YouTube links to the recordings, presenters, and moderators follow below.)


The presentations were attended by a total of 1,396 attendees from across the country, Promise Zone leaders of community-based organizations (CBO), businesses, school districts, colleges/universities, elected officials, and other leaders. An average of over 87 attendees joined each presentation to learn about federal and non-federal programs and efforts that have positively impacted low-to-moderate income (LMI) communities in housing, health, education, job creation, economic development, sustainably built communities, and more. Many of the presentations focused on COVID-19 pandemic resiliency and recovery. HUD Community Liaisons moderated the presentation sessions to provide transition between presentation topics, presenter panelists, and facilitate Q&A opportunities between the attendees and presenters. Each presentation’s goal was to educate and empower Promise Zone leaders on available resources and their use for impacting communities. 


The sessions were recorded to provide ongoing opportunities for individuals, organizations, and communities to benefit from the information shared. Respective Promise Zones may assist those individuals, organizations and communities by connecting them to federal agency representatives and other partners.  Promise Zones support efforts to identify and pursue federal and non-federal funding opportunities that may change outcomes in LMI communities.


National Coalition of Promise Zones is a volunteer group of organizations from around the country who are focused on Place-Based Collective Community Development. More information about the National Coalition of Promise Zones and links to each member’s respective websites may be found at


You can view the video recordings of the presentations on the Sacramento Promise Zone (SPZ) Facebook page in the ‘videos’ section of the SPZ page or on the Sacramento Promise Zone YouTube Channel.

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