Mesa’s Promise Zone passed over for federal aid

Mesa's Promise Zone

Mesa's Promise ZoneZone would have stretched from city’s western border to Gilbert Road and from Pepper Place to Broadway Road and incorporate a few neighborhoods to the north and south

By Maria Polletta | The Arizona Republic

Mesa in early 2015 submitted an application for a national “Promise Zone” designation

The classification, part of an initiative debuted by President Barack Obama in 2013, would’ve given the city’s west side an edge for federal funding

Mesa’s bid for a “Promise Zone” designation — a national classification that would’ve given the city’s struggling west side an edge when vying for federal funding — has failed.

Competition was brutal in the second round of the three-year-old initiative, with more than 120 applicants from urban, rural and tribal communities.

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