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Evansville, IN 47708
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In June of 2016, the city of Evansville received a federal 10-year Promise Zone designation to support its most at-risk, yet most promising neighborhoods of its urban core. The Zone’s boundary spans across Veteran’s Memorial Parkway and Waterworks Road (south and west) to Diamond Avenue (north) and Green River Road (east) encompassing 40% of the City’s geography.


Nearly 22,250 people live within the Promise Zone, approximately 1/5 of Evansville’s total population.  These residents are some of the City’s most challenged with a poverty rate exceeding 39%. Among the greatest needs are higher educational attainment and higher-wage employment, safe and affordable housing, improved transit, access to food, and crime prevention.


The Zone has a number of assets that have rallied to form a robust collaborative to address these needs. ECHO Housing serves as the head organization and the Department of Metropolitan Development as the lead partner. An additional 20 some agencies, non-profits and businesses assist in developing strategies and mobilizing resources to support the Zone’s initiatives.


Promise Zone goals include:

  • Increase access to job skills education and training for better career opportunities
  • Support new business establishments within a dynamic economic environment
  • Improve the academic, social and emotional well-being of our youth and families
  • Reduce criminal activity
  • Promote overall health and well-being
  • Expand the number of quality, affordable housing units

View the Promise Zone map.

  • Read the Promise Zone narrative.
  • Download the Promise Zone PowerPoint presentation. (Must have Microsoft PowerPoint software installed to open the presentation.) 


For more information on the Promise Zone:

Silas Matchem
Evansville Promise Zone Director

Old National Bank
100 N. Main St. 2nd Floor
Evansville, IN 47710

Christine Prior
Project Manager/Promise Zone Liaison

Department of Metropolitan Development
306 Civic Center Complex
One NW Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd.
Evansville, IN 47708