The Sacramento Municipal Utility District, along with nine community partners, announced a plan Monday to contribute a minimum of $750,000 to initiatives in Sacramento’s Promise Zone neighborhoods.
The Promise Zone is a federal designation given to underprivileged communities. Sacramento received the Promise Zone designation in 2015, and the zone encompasses 22 square miles, including downtown, parts of North Sacramento, Del Paso Heights, Oak Park and parts of South Sacramento.
The new initiative includes partnerships with UC Davis Health, Blue Shield of California, the Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, the Sacramento Housing and Redevelopment Agency and five other organizations, according to a news release from SMUD.
The $750,000 will go to economic and workforce development programs that are set to be implemented over the next three years in the Promise Zone. The ultimate goal of the partnerships is to create public-private shared initiatives to “drive revitalization in Sacramento’s most underserved communities,” according to the release.
SMUD and partners pledge $750,000 to communities in need. What will Sacramento receive?, by Hannah Darden, The Sacramento Bee, April 29, 2019.