HUD Empowerment Zone Application Workshops

To assist you in preparing your community's application for Empowerment Zone designation, the Department of Housing and Urban Development is sponsoring a series of regional workshops to provide you with more information about the EZ/EC Initiative and the Round II EZ application process. These workshops will provide information on the anticipated $1.5 billion in SSBG funds and the tax benefits that will be available to the 15 new urban Empowerment Zones. Your attendance at the workshop will provide you with valuable information on the Round II EZ application process.


Workshops will begin at 8:30 a.m. and conclude at 4:30 p.m.

Morning Plenary Sessions

  • "The Application Process": How to apply for Round II Empowerment Zone designation. Will include a discussion of steps to take in preparing your application, a review of all application forms and materials and the schedule for submitting materials to HUD.
  • "Strategic Planning ": How to develop your strategic plan and establish an effective governance structure. The core of the nomination, the Strategic Plan is a narrative submission detailing your community's plan for revitalization. Presenters will discuss the process of developing the plan, including: 1) crafting a community vision, 2) creating a decision making structure that ensures that your plan is inclusive and participatory, and 3) developing a holistic strategy for community revitalization.
  • "Governance and Performance Measurement System ": How to design a governance and performance measurement system. Presenters will discuss how to move from planning to doing, developing realistic Implementation Plans, defining goals and outcomes and establishing a system to monitor the implementation of your strategic plan.

Afternoon Plenary Sessions

  • "Promoting the Use of EZ Tax Incentives": How to understand and market EZ tax incentives to attract business to your community.
  • "Information Technology & Community Empowerment": How to develop a telecommunications program for your community in support of your strategic plan.

Afternoon Break-out Sessions
Four break-out sessions will cover subjects that may be addressed in the strategic plan. Panelists from a variety of agencies will discuss:

  • "Community & Economic Development": How to develop programs and projects that promote business investment, increase access to capital and credit and support job creation.

    "Education, Human and Community Services, Law Enforcement, and Technology": How to plan and coordinate education, health, human services, family and youth development, and other activities to develop a holistic approach to the needs of your community.

  • "Workforce Development, Welfare to Work, and Transportation": How to use job training and job placement services to help residents get jobs and how to address issues that impact employability, such as job readiness, transportation, and child care.
  • "Environment and Energy": How to identify and develop environmentally contaminated sites and how to develop innovative approaches to energy use.

Each workshop will conclude with a question and answer period and with an opportunity to visit exhibits and obtain materials concerning federal programs that may support your strategic plan.

Lunch at all workshops will be on your own. To register for the workshops and for additional information, contact:

Community Connections
(800) 998-9999

Please call the hotel directly to make your own reservations.

Workshop Locations and Dates

April 17, 1998Columbus, OHHyatt Regency Hotel
350 North High Street
Columbus, OH 43215
Telephone: (614) 463-1234
Deadline for room reservations: April 10, 1998
April 20, 1998Memphis, TNAdam's Mark Hotel
939 Ridge Lake Boulevard
Memphis, TN 38120
(901) 684-6664
Toll-Free: 800-444-ADAM (2326)
Deadline for room reservations: April 13, 1998
April 24, 1998Houston, TXSheraton Astrodome
8686 Kirby Drive
Houston, Texas 77054
Tel: (713) 748-3221
Deadline for room reservations: April 17, 1998
April 27, 1998Kansas City, MOWestin Hotel Crown Center
One Pershing Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64108
Ph: (816) 474-4400
Fax: (816) 391-4438
Deadline for room reservations: April 14, 1998
May 4, 1998Denver, CORenaissance Denver Hotel
3801 Quebec Street
Denver, CO 80207
Telephone: (303) 399-7500
Deadline for room reservations: April 20, 1998
May 7, 1998Providence, RI
Meeting Location:Rhode Island Convention Center
One Sabin Street
Providence, RI 02903
Telephone: (401) 458-6000
Sleeping Accomodations:
Option 1
Holiday Inn Downtown Providence
21 Atwell Avenue
Providence, RI 02903
Reservations: (401) 831-3900
Deadline for room reservations: April 22, 1998
Sleeping Accomodations:
Option 2
Westin Hotel, Providence
One West Exchange Street
Providence, RI 02903
Reservations: (401) 598-8000
Sleeping Accomodations:
Providence Biltmore
Providence, RI 02903
Reservations: (401) 421-0700
Deadline for room reservations : April 24, 1998
May 12, 1998Washington, DC
Meeting Location:Hyatt Regency Washington
400 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Washington, DC 20001
Telephone: (202) 737-1234
Sleeping Accomodations: Same
Deadline for room reservations : April 21, 1998
May 18, 1998Long Beach, CA
Meeting Location:Long Beach Convention Center
One World Trade Center
Long Beach, CA 90831
Telephone: (562) 436-3645
Sleeping Accomodations:Hyatt Regency Long Beach
200 South Pine Avenue
Long Beach, CA 90802
Reservations: (562) 491-1234
Deadline for room reservations: May 2, 1998
May 20, 1998Seattle, WA
Meeting Location:The Westin Seattle
1900 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Telephone: (206) 728-1000
Sleeping Accomodations:
Option 1
Cavanaugh's On Fifth Avenue
1415 Fifth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Reservations: (800) 325-4000
Deadline for room reservations: April 27, 1998
Sleeping Accomodations:
Option 2
Sixth Avenue Inn
2000 Sixth Avenue
Seattle, WA 98101
Reservations: (800) 648-6440
Hotel Reservations Deadline Date: April 28, 1998
Sleeping Accomodations:
Option 3
WestCoast Vance Hotel
620 Stewart Street
Seattle, WA 98101
Reservations: (206) 441-4200
Deadline for room reservations: May 5, 1998
May 28, 1998Newark, NJ
Meeting Location:Sheraton Newark Airport
128 Frontage Road
Newark, NJ 07114
Telephone: (973) 690-5500
Sleeping Accomodations: Same
Deadline for room reservations: May 5, 1998

Other Workshop Locations TBA. Stay tuned.

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