(AMERICA) Gun Violence Report: USA has endured yet another bloody weekend of gun violence, with at least 82 people shot and 13 killed across Chicago, Philadelphia and NYC alone #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Aug.17: Eight of those were gunned down in a single-incident at a housing complex in Brooklyn’s Bedford Stuyvesant neighborhood. That came after three people were shot and killed in New York on Saturday…

#AceDailyNews says a weekend of US gun violence sees at least 82 shot in Chicago, Philly and NYC with Chicago being the worst hit, with at least 52 shootings recorded, and five killed – including a 7-year-old girl – from Friday afternoon to Sunday evening.

A weekend of gun violence in three cities across the country saw sisters Serenity, 7, left, and Aubrey, 6, Broughton shot in Chicago. Serenity would die from her injuries

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Philadelphia saw 11 shootings, and five killed as a result, while 16 people were shot in New York City during a single, two-hour period. 

In Chicago, a seven year-old girl sitting in the back of a parked car was one of those killed during the city’s latest orgy of violence, while her six year-old sister suffered a pieced lung after she was also shot. 

The girls were shot at around 2pm on Sunday, just as their parents had buckled them into the family car on a trip to their grandmother's house

The girls’ paternal grandmother, Regina Broughton, identified the sisters at Serenity – who died –  and Aubrey Broughton, who is being treated for serious wounds in hospital following the shooting in the Windy City’s Belmont neighborhood. 

Both suffered multiple gunshot wounds, authorities said, and Serenity died at the hospital from her injuries, while Aubrey had been moved out of the ICU as of Sunday evening, suffering from a pierced lung, CBS2reported. 

Police had responded to the scene at around 2.50pm to reports of rapid gunfire in the area to find the two girls injured in the back of their mother’s parked vehicle. 

Serenity had been shot in the chest and torso, while Aubrey suffered gunshot wounds to her chest and right armpit.

Both were rushed to Loyola University Medical Center, where Serenity was pronounced dead.

Their grandmother, Regina Broughton (pictured) was expecting a visit from her two grandaughters that afternoon. Instead she made a trip to the hospital

The two had been heading out from a visit to their maternal grandmother’s house to visit Regina, who after hearing of the shooting rushed to the hospital to find Serenity had died.  

‘She was getting in a car coming from her grandma’s house, and her life was ended at that moment. I mean, that’s just senseless,’ She told CBS2. ‘

‘And you know, someone should come forth and say something. Someone should come forth and help the family, and help us – because it didn’t have to happen to her. It shouldn’t have happened to her. She was innocent. She was 7. Her birthday was coming up in November.’

Serenity was due to take a plane trip with her grandmother to South Carolina on Tuesday

As of Sunday, she said, Aubrey did not know her sister had died.

Both parents were on the scene, Regina said, and her son was on the driver’s side of the car. Their mother had just finished buckling Aubrey into the back seat. 

‘The other sister was already in her car seat buttoned up, and my son said he grabbed her – and she was just lifeless,’ the grandmother recounted. 

Regina noted that she was due to take a plane trip with the girls to South Carolina on Tuesday for a visit to Myrtle Beach. It would have been Serenity’s first trip on a plane, she said.   

‘How do you prepare yourself for something like this?’ she said. ‘She was a beautiful child. Her spirit was beautiful. Everything about her was innocent.’

Chicago Police Chief of Patrol Brian McDermott said the girls were not believed to be the intended target, and that the investigation into their death was ongoing.   

‘To say that I am sad and outraged would be an understatement. I can only hope that every resident of the city is as angry, saddened, and outraged as I am at this time,’ he said during a news conference Sunday evening. 

‘Too many young people have lost their lives to senseless gun violence in the city of Chicago.’ 

The Chicago shooting came as the city was rocked by gun violence this weekend, with 52 shootings recording and five killed

The weekend carnage in the city began at 5.15pm on Friday, when 18-year-old Nikko Mercado was killed in a drive-by shooting, CBS2 also reported.

Then, at 8.34pm on Friday a 17-year-old boy was killed and two others badly injured in a shooting on the Eisenhower Expressway. 

At 12.40pm, Saturday  a 59-year-old man was shot multiple times and killed while driving in the West Humboldt Park section of the city.

At 8.15pm Saturday a 26-year-old man was shot in the torso while walking down the sidewalk in the Hyde Park neighborhood of the city. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

At 1.59am Sunday, a 33 and 34-year-old man were standing in a group in the Grand Crossing neighborhood in the city when both were shot. The 33 year old was hit in the chest and later pronounced dead. 

The gun slayings come as, more than 2,123 people had been recorded shot in Chicago before this weekend, a 12 percent increase from the same period last year, according to ABC News. 

In Philadelphia, a string of separate shootings saw five people killed and 11 injured. 

In Philadelphia, a string of shootings on Friday and Saturday saw five people killed and 11 injured

The last was reported on Saturday at 9pm, when a a 25-year-old man was shot multiple times in the Toga-Nicetown section of the neighborhood, ABC6 reported. 

At 5am Saturday morning police found a man shot lying in the parking lot of a gas station at around 5am in Philadelphia’s Wynnefield neighborhood. He was rushed to a hospital where he was pronounced dead.

Before that, two men, aged 25 and 30, were shot multiple times at around midnight Saturday in the city’s Tioga-Nicetown neighborhood, leaving the 25 year old in critical condition. The 30 year old died from his injuries. 

In the southwest area of the city, a man was shot and killed at around 2am Saturday in a Rite Aid parking lot, and shortly after that a man in his 30s was shot in the head and killed at around 3am in the city’s Kensington neighborhood. 

No arrests had been made in any of the shootings, police reported. 

As of this weekend, 1,333 had been shot in Philadelphia this year, a 19 percent increase over the same period in 2020.

In New York, the city saw three gun homicides in a four hour span on Saturday, and a shooting spree on Sunday that injured 16 in the span of about 90 minutes.

New York City also saw its share of gun violence. Police are pictured at the scene of a party shooting in Brooklyn at 12.30am Monday, when eight people were shot and injured

The killing started at 12.20am Saturday, when a man was found lying next to a motorcycle with a bullet wound to the head in the Bronx. He was pronounced dead on the scene. 

Then, at around 1am, a 38-year-old man was shot in Queens, and was rushed to a hospital where he too was pronounced dead.

Finally at 4 am a 27-year-old man was shot and killed while standing on the street in the Bronx. Alongside him was a 23-year-old man who was wounded.

On Sunday, a quick series of shootings began at around 11pm, Pix 11 reported, when three men in their 20s were shot on a street corner in Queens. 

Then, a half hour later, a 32-year-old man in Brooklyn was shot in the leg. 

In another shooting at 12.25am Monday, eight people were shot and injured at a large party in Brooklyn. The victims ranged in aged from 18 to 27, and one was reportedly struck in the face and left in critical condition. 

Just five minutes later, another man was shot in the head in Queens and was also left in critical condition.

Finally, at 12.35am three teenagers were shot and wounded while sitting in an SUV in Brooklyn. The driver, 18, was shot in the head and he was taken to a hospital in critical condition. 

No arrests have so far been made in the shootings, an they came as 1,109 people have been shot in the city in 2021, a 10.9 percent increase over the same period last year.  

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(PHILADELPHIA) ICE/ERO REPORT: On Monday, March, 29, Officers removed a Colombian Crime Syndicate Leader’ sentenced to prison in connection with his role in a conspiracy to invest the proceeds from the sale of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine #AceNewDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.03: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO): From approximately 2001 to September 2014, Mira Perez was a high-ranking member of La Oficina de Envigado (Oficina) a Colombia-based organized crime syndicate involved in the distribution of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Colombia to locations worldwide, including the United States:

ICE removes Colombian crime syndicate leader: ‘Fredy Alonzo Mira Perez, a/k/a Fredy Colas 54, of Medellín, Colombia, was sentenced by the U.S. District Court in Boston to seven years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $25,000 fine, and forfeiture of $4 million’

Among other things, the organization served as a debt-collection agency for narcotics traffickers; controlled the flow of narcotics through Medellín and its surroundings; and invested in shipments of narcotics to the United States and elsewhere around the world. Members of Oficina have been known to employ kidnapping, violence and extortion to achieve these ends.

As one of the leaders of Oficina, Mira Perez conspired with others to import cocaine into the United States and to invest the proceeds from those sales. For years, including from 2012 to 2014, Mira Perez’s served as Oficina’s principal debt collector. Mira Perez also was responsible for the collection of debts on behalf of other drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico and Colombia. These organizations contracted with Oficina to recoup missing drugs and drug proceeds. Among other things, Mira Perez adjudicated disputes regarding any drugs or drug money that was lost, stolen or seized by law enforcement, and he conducted investigations to determine which parties would bear responsibility for the missing drugs and drug money. Mira Perez then set a repayment schedule. Mira Perez typically charged a forty-percent commission on behalf of Oficina for all recovered drug money and he invested the commissions to fund the ongoing operations of Oficina.

Mira Perez surrendered to U.S. law enforcement officials in Bogotá, Colombia in March 2015, and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to invest illicit drug profits in April 2015. The U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), sanctioned Mira Perez and assigned him to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list based on the aforementioned activities.

Today, he was handed over to Columbian officials without incident.

ICE is charged with enforcing federal immigration laws enacted by Congress.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 1 (866) 347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

#AceNewsDesk report ……….Published: Apr.03: 2021:

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(PHILADELPHIA) ICE/ERO REPORT: Deportation of ‘Columbian Crime Syndicate Leader’ sentenced to prison in a conspiracy to invest proceeds from sale of cocaine #AceNewsDesk report

#AceNewsReport – Apr.02: On Monday, March, 29, Officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) removed an Colombian crime syndicate leader sentenced to prison in connection with his role in a conspiracy to invest the proceeds from the sale of hundreds of kilograms of cocaine.

ICE removes Colombian crime syndicate leader: ‘Fredy Alonzo Mira Perez, a/k/a Fredy Colas 54, of Medellín, Colombia, was sentenced by the U.S. District Court in Boston to seven years in prison, three years of supervised release, a $25,000 fine, and forfeiture of $4 million’

From approximately 2001 to September 2014, Mira Perez was a high-ranking member of La Oficina de Envigado (Oficina) a Colombia-based organized crime syndicate involved in the distribution of thousands of kilograms of cocaine from Colombia to locations worldwide, including the United States. Among other things, the organization served as a debt-collection agency for narcotics traffickers; controlled the flow of narcotics through Medellín and its surroundings; and invested in shipments of narcotics to the United States and elsewhere around the world. Members of Oficina have been known to employ kidnapping, violence and extortion to achieve these ends.

As one of the leaders of Oficina, Mira Perez conspired with others to import cocaine into the United States and to invest the proceeds from those sales. For years, including from 2012 to 2014, Mira Perez’s served as Oficina’s principal debt collector. Mira Perez also was responsible for the collection of debts on behalf of other drug-trafficking organizations in Mexico and Colombia. These organizations contracted with Oficina to recoup missing drugs and drug proceeds. Among other things, Mira Perez adjudicated disputes regarding any drugs or drug money that was lost, stolen or seized by law enforcement, and he conducted investigations to determine which parties would bear responsibility for the missing drugs and drug money. Mira Perez then set a repayment schedule. Mira Perez typically charged a forty-percent commission on behalf of Oficina for all recovered drug money and he invested the commissions to fund the ongoing operations of Oficina.

Mira Perez surrendered to U.S. law enforcement officials in Bogotá, Colombia in March 2015, and pleaded guilty to conspiracy to invest illicit drug profits in April 2015. The U.S. Treasury Department, Office of Foreign Assets Control (OFAC), sanctioned Mira Perez and assigned him to the Specially Designated Nationals (SDN) list based on the aforementioned activities.

Today, he was handed over to Columbian officials without incident.

ICE is charged with enforcing federal immigration laws enacted by Congress.

Members of the public who have information about foreign fugitives are urged to contact ICE by calling the ICE Tip Line at 1 (866) 347-2423 or internationally at 001-1802-872-6199. They can also file a tip online by completing ICE’s online tip form.

#AceNewsDesk report ………..Published: Apr.03: 2021:

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#Philadelphia Police are investigating a home invasion in North that ended in gunfire early on Friday morning #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – Aug.25: Officers say just before 1:30 a.m. Friday, two armed men broke into a home on the 3000 block of North 23rd Street #AceNewsDesk reports

Woman Shot During Home Invasion In North Philadelphia
// CBS Philly When one of the residents ran for the front door, she was shot in the back….. She is in critical condition…… Police are now questioning two men…. They have no motive yet …. #AceNewsDesk reports are provided by Sterling Publishing & Media News

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‘ Elderly Nazi War Crimes Suspect will Remain Jailed in Philadelphia as Part of a German Criminal Case ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Philadelphia) – July 09 – An elderly Nazi war crimes suspect will remain jailed in Philadelphia as part of a German criminal case after a U.S. judge denied him bail this week.

Defence lawyers argued that 89-year-old Johann “Hans” Breyer is in frail health and deteriorating in prison. He has heart disease and dementia, and he had a stroke in recent years.

“Due to Mr. Breyer’s age and condition, he is incapable of fleeing or endangering others, as he himself needs daily assistance,” lawyer Dennis Boyle said in a bail petition filed after his arrest last month.

German authorities hope to try Breyer on accessory-to-murder charges for his guard service at the Auschwitz death camp in 1944. Breyer told The Associated Press in 2012 that he was forced to work there as an SS guard but never took part in the mass killing of Jews and others.

He was charged last month with 158 counts of accessory to murder — one for each trainload of victims brought to Auschwitz during his time there.

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‘ Four Children Killed and Eight Homes Destroyed in Massive Blaze ‘

#AceWorldNews – UNITED STATES (Philadelphia) – July 06 – Four children have been killed, eight homes destroyed and 32 people displaced following a massive blaze in Philadelphia.

Four-year-old twin girls, a 4-year-old boy and a 1-month-old infant died in the fire, the cause of which remains unknown.

Witnesses, however, told NBC10 they heard firecrackers go off moments before the fire began.

Neighbours said the street turned chaotic as they along with responding police and fire-fighters attempted to find out if people were inside the homes, local media reported.

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`Two Graduates Charged with Operating an Extensive Drug Ring that Dealt in Cocaine and Marijuana in Local Schools'

#AceNewsServices – PENNSYLVANIA – April 23 (Reuters) – Two graduates of an exclusive Pennsylvania prep school were charged with operating an extensive drug ring that dealt cocaine and marijuana to students at high schools and colleges in an affluent part of Philadelphia, authorities said on Tuesday.

Neil Scott, 25, and Timothy Brooks, 18, led the effort to create a “monopoly” on drug sales in the area and used high school students to deal drugs at their local schools, Montgomery County District Attorney Risa Vetri Ferman said.

“While parents sought to provide education to their kids, these defendants sought to use the schools to create drug addicts,” Ferman said in a statement announcing their arrests.

Scott and Brooks were former lacrosse players and graduates of The Haverford School, an all-boys prep school near Philadelphia that charges $35,000 per year in tuition, prosecutors said.

They used their privileged connections to move drugs along suburban Philadelphia’s Main Line, a stretch of wealthy neighbourhoods north-west of the city, authorities said.

The two called their drug network the “main line take over project,” and “employed students from five local high schools and three colleges as what they call sub-dealers to distribute cocaine, marijuana, hash oil, ecstasy,” Ferman said.

Scott and Brooks encouraged dealers, who were assigned to specific schools, to meet quotas including selling a pound (450 grams) a week of marijuana transported to Pennsylvania from a California supplier, prosecutors said.

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1. http://www.reuters.com/article/2014/04/22/us-usa-pennsylvania-drugs-idUSBREA3L17G20140422
2. http://www.allvoices.com/news/16927963/s/104469965-prosecutors-prep-school-graduates-ran-drug-ring
3. http://news.yahoo.com/main-line-drug-ring-pennsylvania-nets-two-prep-163126368.html

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” Airlines Cancel Flights in `US’ including Philadelphia, Washinbgton DC and New York”

AOA's Flagship Denmark Boeing 377 Stratocruiser

AOA’s Flagship Denmark Boeing 377 Stratocruiser (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

#AceWorldNews says “Three Thousand Seven Hundred `US Flights Cancelled’ due to Snow and Ice”

Airlines cancelled more than 3,700 flights in the US for Thursday, as freezing precipitation moved over major airports in Philadelphia, Washington, DC, and New York, AP reported. A total of about 775 flights were canceled at Atlanta – the world’s busiest airport – as the remnants of a snow and ice storm move across the area.

On Wednesday, more than two-thirds of all scheduled flights to and from Atlanta were cancelled.

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“Obama’s Promised Land Zones for Those In Need or Making up for Lost Time”

Whitehouse#AceWorldNews says according to the latest “Press Statement” from the White House – President Obama” plans a collaborative effort between private businesses, federal state, tribal and local officials, and a number of other’s. In his latest statement he went onto say, for decades before the economic crisis, local communities were transformed as jobs were sent overseas and middle class Americans worked harder and harder but found it more difficult to get ahead.  Announced in last year’s State of the Union Address, the Promise Zone Initiative is part of the President’s plan to create a better bargain for the middle-class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safety.

Today, the President announced the next step in those efforts by naming the first five “Promise Zones”. 

English: The Choctaw Capitol Museum and Judici...

English: The Choctaw Capitol Museum and Judicial Department, Tushka Homma, Oklahoma. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

The first five Zones, located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma, have each put forward a plan on how they will partner with local business and community leaders to make investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity.  In exchange, these designees will receive the resources and flexibility they need to achieve their goals.

Each of these designees knows and has demonstrated that it takes a collaborative effort – between private business and federal, state, tribal and local officials; faith-based and non-profit organizations; children and parents – to ensure that hard work leads to a decent living for every American, in every community.

THE FIRST FIVE PROMISE ZONES AND THEIR PLANS:

San Antonio, TX (Eastside Neighborhood)

San Antonio

San Antonio (Photo credits: www.roadtrafficsigns.com)

The City of San Antonio’s 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.

Los Angeles, CA (Neighborhoods of Pico Union, Westlake, Koreatown, Hollywood, and East Hollywood)

The City of Los Angeles’s 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.

Philadelphia, PA (West Philadelphia)

The City of Philadelphia’s 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.

English: Draper Building, Berea College, Berea

English: Draper Building, Berea College, Berea (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Southeastern Kentucky (Kentucky Highlands)

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.

Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma

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English: Indian territory: compiled from the official records of the records of the General Land Office and other sources under supervision of Geo. U. Mayo. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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.

THE PROMISE ZONES INITIATIVE

The five Promise Zones announced today are part of the 20 that will be announced over the next three years. These unique partnerships support local goals and strategies with:

  • Accountability for Clear Goals: Each Promise Zone has identified clear outcomes they will pursue to revitalize their community, with a focus on creating jobs, increasing economic activity, improving educational opportunities, increasing access to quality, affordable housing and reducing violent crime.  All Promise Zones will continuously track those outcomes, and have committed to sharing data across their community partners (private-sector, non-profits, federal, state, and local agencies, etc.)  so that each partner can work towards improvement and accountability.  The Administration will work with the Promise Zones and third-party experts to track progress and evaluate results.
  • Intensive Federal Partnership: Modeled after the Administration’s successful Strong Cities Strong Communities and Strike Force for Rural Growth and Opportunity initiatives, which have created unique partnerships between local stakeholders and the federal government, these first five Promise Zones will benefit from intensive federal support at the local level to help them implement their economic and community development goals.
  • Help Accessing Resources: Where necessary to achieve their goals, Promise Zones will get priority and be able to access federal investments that further the goals of job creation, additional private investment, increased economic activity, improved educational opportunity, and reduction in violent crime.
  • National Service:  Each Promise Zone will be provided five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to support their strategic plan.  These VISTAs will recruit and manage volunteers, and strengthen the capacity of Promise Zones to expand economic opportunity.
  • Investing in What Works: In order to be designated as a Promise Zone, these five communities have already demonstrated that they are pursuing strategies that have data proving their effectiveness. This same data will also help direct future federal investments to these Zones.

Cutting Taxes for Businesses: Finally, President Obama has proposed, and called on Congress to act, to cut taxes on hiring and investment in areas designated as Promise Zones – based upon the proven model of Empowerment Zones tax credits – to attract businesses and create jobs.

 

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