Empowerment Zone Grant 2008 Public Meetings

WHO:
City of El Paso’s Department of Community and Human Development – Empowerment Zone

WHAT:
Remaining Public (Community) Meetings
Translators (English/Spanish) will be available during each meeting.

WHEN/WHERE:
Saturday, February 2nd
Armijo Library (620 E. Seventh Ave.) 1:00 pm – 3:00 pm

Tuesday, February 5th
Capistrano Elementary (240 Mecca Dr.) 5:30 pm – 7:30 pm

Empowerment Zone residents, business owners/employees and other concerned parties are invited to participate in several bilingual community meetings to: BACKGROUND:
On January 13, 1999, El Paso was one of 15 cities nationwide, and the only city in Texas, to receive an Empowerment Zone (EZ) designation from HUD under Round II of the federal EZ Program. El Paso's EZ has been named El Corazon de El Paso (the Heart of El Paso) because of its rich historical and cultural significance. Encompassing the central core of the city and a portion of the Ysleta area on the east side of town, El Corazon de El Paso is rich in economic possibilities, yet is also one of the most impoverished urban areas in the United States.

An Empowerment Zone is a federally recognized distressed area in need of sustainable community development. The Federal Government has been actively engaged in assisting the designated communities in realizing their revitalization strategies. By providing tax incentives, grants, loans, and technical assistance, the federal initiative has helped spur private investment in communities that have experienced severe economic decline. The program provides performance-oriented, flexible Federal grant funding so communities can design local solutions that empower residents to participate in the revitalization of their neighborhoods.

The El Paso Empowerment Zone contains 12 census tracts with a 1990 Census population of 51,444 (90 less than the maximum eligible under EZ criteria) and a total area of 10.8 square miles. Statistically, the residents of the El Paso EZ are among the City’s poorest.

The Vision for the Future
The Strategic Plan
Available Funds and Other Resources for Empowerment Zone Projects
Role of the Empowerment Zone Advisory Board


For more information and/or to be placed on the EZ mailing list, contact:
Isela Robison

Empowerment Zone Coordinator
City of El Paso – Community and Human Development Department
541-4629
robisonie@elpasotexas.gov



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