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Arne Duncan on MSNBC talking Promise Neighborhoods

After touring the DC Promise Neighborhood site — and officially announcing $30 million in funding for the federal program next year! — Education Secretary Arne Duncan stopped by Andrea Mitchell’s show on MSNBC to talk Promise Neighborhoods and how critical education investments are in these tough economic times. Check it out:

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Duncan, Barnes to Headline DC Promise Neighborhoods Town Hall

Duncan, Barnes to Headline DC Promise Neighborhoods Town Hall

Director of the White House Domestic Policy Council Melody Barnes with U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan at the United Way Education Town Hall. Photo via WhiteHouse.gov..

Very cool news from the Department of Education. Some of the Obama Administration’s heavy-hitters will be headlining a public town hall about the DC Promise Neighborhoods effort. Details here or below:

U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, Domestic Policy Council Director Melody Barnes, D.C. Mayor Vincent Gray and America’s Promise Alliance’s Chair Alma Powell will join representatives from the D.C. Promise Neighborhood Initiative (DCPNI) for a town hall on Wednesday, April 27 at the Cesar Chavez Public Charter Schools (CCPCS) for Public Policy’s Parkside Campus in Washington D.C. CCPCS is one of 21 grantees awarded a U.S. Department of Education Promise Neighborhoods planning grant last fall.

Upon arrival, Duncan, Barnes, Gray, Powell and other guests will visit the National Children’s Medical Center’s mobile pediatric van to learn how the Medical Center partners with DCPNI to provide weekly pediatric and monthly dental services to the children and young adults in the Parkside-Kenilworth community. From there, DCPNI Project Director and CEO of Chávez Schools Irasema Salcido will welcome the four guests, DCPNI representatives, stakeholders and community members to a town hall in Parkside High School’s gymnasium. DCPNI representatives, Salcido, Oramenta Newsome, executive director of D.C.’s Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC), Barbara Kamara, early child learning consultant, Marcus Clark, executive director of the Paradise-Parkside Community Center, and Trevon Epps, a CCPCS student will each deliver a brief presentation highlighting DCPNI’s work toward building a cradle to college continuum. Following the presentations, Salcido, Duncan, Barnes, Gray, Powell and several DCPNI representatives will hold a question and answer session with an audience of DCPNI partners, current and prospective funders, community residents and students.

DCPNI consists of partnerships among more than 70 organizations including CCPCS, America’s Promise Alliance, The Urban Institute, Georgetown University, East River Family Strengthening Collaborative, CityInterests, and community residents, school leaders, and many other stakeholders. Together, they are working to utilize the $500,000 planning grant in ways that will enhance the educational opportunities and provide social services to the more than 6,000 residents and 2,000 children living in D.C.’s Parkside-Kenilworth community. DCPNI’s mission is to increase the number of children who complete their education from cradle to college, enter adulthood as productive participants in the 21st Century economy, and participate in civic initiatives in their communities.

Note: Media interested in attending Wednesday’s town hall should RSVP to elizabeth.utrup@ed.gov by 3 p.m. tomorrow, Tuesday, April 26. Street parking is available around the school building. The entrance to the gymnasium is located at the southeast corner of the building at Hayes St. and Parkside Pl. All guests must be seated in the gymnasium no later than 9:20 a.m. EDT.

Choice Neighborhoods Grantees Announced!

Choice Neighborhoods Grantees Announced!

Today, HUD announced 17 recipients of Choice Neighborhoods Planning Grants. Check out the HUD announcement here and read the full list below:

Buffalo Municipal Housing Authority
Buffalo NY
Targeted Neighborhood: Commodore Perry Homes
$250,000
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Community Action Project of Tulsa County, Inc.
Tulsa, OK
Targeted Neighborhood: Eugene Field
$250,000
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Housing Authority of Kansas City, Missouri
Kansas City, MO
Targeted Neighborhood: Paseo Gateway
$250,000
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Housing Authority of the City of Albany
Albany, GA
Targeted Neighborhood: West Central Albany
$250,000
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Housing Authority of the City of Atlanta
Atlanta, GA
Targeted Neighborhood: University Center/Westside of Atlanta
$250,000
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Housing Authority of the City of Norwalk
Norwalk, CT
Targeted Neighborhood: South Norwalk
$250,000
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Housing Authority of the City of Salisbury, NC
Salisbury, NC
Targeted Neighborhood: Westend
$170,000
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Housing Authority of the City of Wilmington, NC
Wilmington, NC
Targeted Neighborhood: Southside
$200,000
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Jackson Housing Authority
Jackson, TN
Targeted Neighborhood: Allenton Heights Redevelopment District
$167,000
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Jersey City Housing Authority
Jersey City, NJ
Targeted Neighborhood: McGinley Square/Montgomery Corridor
$250,000
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Jubilee Baltimore, Inc.
Baltimore, MD
Targeted Neighborhood: Central West Baltimore
$213,000
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Memphis Housing Authority
Memphis,  TN
Targeted Neighborhood: Vance Avenue Neighborhood
$250,000
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Mt. Vernon Manor, Inc.
Philadelphia, PA
Targeted Neighborhood: Mantua
$250,000
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Norfolk Redevelopment and Housing Authority
Norfolk, VA
Targeted Neighborhood: Expanded St. Paul’s Area
$250,000
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Northwest Louisiana Council of Governments
Shreveport, LA
Targeted Neighborhood: Allendale; Ledbetter Heights
$250,000
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Providence Housing Authority
Providence, RI
Targeted Neighborhood: Olneyville
$250,000
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San Antonio Housing Authority
San Antonio, TX
Targeted Neighborhood: Eastside
$250,000