Promise Zone

Promise Zone MapEvansville was successful in achieving the last Obama Administration Promise Zone designation in the spring of 2016, which will bring new poverty fighting opportunities over a 10-year period. 

The Zone area encompasses roughly 2/5ths of the city’s geography and a population within it of nearly 39% of whom live below the poverty level.

The Promise Zone is a designation that increases competitiveness for funding applications from Evansville to 16 federal agencies in competitive grant situations. 

Assuming Congress passes legislation permitting them, the IRS can offer tax credits to new businesses opening in a Zone, or businesses outside the Zone hiring residents within the Zone.

Promise Zones will receive any available preference for certain competitive Federal programs and technical assistance.

Promise Zone consists of 6 Working Groups:

  1. Crime
  2. Job Development
  3. Education
  4. Health
  5. Housing
  6. Economic Development

If interested in one of these Working Groups, please email Annette Pope for more information at

Public is invited to attend any of our work group meetings: 

For more information on the Promise Zone:

Annette Pope
621 N. Main St.
Evansville, IN 47710
812.401.1990 (o)
812.760.3451 (c)  

Silas Matchem
Evansville Promise Zone Director
621 N. Main St.
Evansville, IN 47710

Carolynn Pajoum
Project Manager/ Promise Zone City Liaison
Department of Metropolitan Development
306 Civic Center Complex
One NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47708