WASHINGTON—The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma is among five areas of the United States that will be named “Promise Zones” today in the East Room of the White House today, Thursday, January 9, at 2:00 p.m. – EST.
The other areas are located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, and Southeastern Kentucky.
The President first announced the Promise Zone Initiative during last year’s State of the Union Address, as a way to partner with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand access to educational opportunities and quality, affordable housing and improve public safety.
“I am very thankful that the Choctaw Nation and partners have been awarded the Promise Zone designation. We are blessed to work with many state, regional, county, municipal, school, and university partners who, along with the Choctaw Nation, believe that great things can occur to lift everyone in Southeastern Oklahoma when we work together,” said Choctaw Chief Gregory E. Pyle.
Chief Gregory E. Pyle
PHOTO Courtesy: Choctaw Nation.
“This designation will assist ongoing efforts to emphasize small business development and bring economic opportunity to the high-need communities. I am confident that access to the technical assistance and resources offered by the Promise Zone designation will result in better lifestyles for people living and working within the Choctaw Nation.”
Investing in and rebuilding hard-hit communities are important parts of the President’s plan to restore the basic bargain at the heart of the American story – that every child should have a fair chance at success. And that, no matter who you are or where you’re from, if you’re willing to work hard and play by the rules, you should be able to find a good job, feel secure in your community, and support a family.
UPDATED: Friday, January 10, 2014, 10:41 am – EST ….name updated for Chief Gregory Pyle…we apologize for incorrectly labeling photo in our original post.