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1 NW Martin Luther King Jr Blvd
Civic Center Complex Room 306
Evansville, IN 47708
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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 7 Working Groups:

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

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

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

Promise Zone May Events Link

Promise Zone Newsletter Link:

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