Sparking Community Revitalization – Promise Zones

Promise Zones

Sparking Community Revitalization

A child’s zip code should never determine her destiny; but today, the neighborhood she grows up in impacts her odds of graduating high school, her health outcomes, and her lifetime economic opportunities. The President is committed to partnering with local leaders to give them tools to rebuild their communities and put people back to work. It will take a collaborative effort — between private business and federal, state, and local officials; faith-based and non-profit organizations; kids and parents—to build the good schools, safe streets, and healthy homes that every family needs.

Building Promise Zones

The President’s Promise Zones will provide tools to revitalize communities by attracting private investment, creating jobs, improving affordable housing, expanding educational opportunities, providing tax incentives for hiring workers and investing within the Zones, and partnering with local leaders to navigate Federal programs and cut through red tape.

Working with local leadership and Congress, the President is proposing to invest more than $750 million in hard-hit communities to provide a tax incentive to secure private investments that will help build homes and create jobs. The Administration will also align a number of its signature revitalization initiatives from the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, and the Department for Agriculture in 20 communities hardest hit by the recession, to ensure that federal programs and resources are focused intensely on these “Promise Zones”. While Congressional action is needed to reach many more communities and authorize a tax incentive that would simulate private investment, the Obama Administration intends to use all of its flexibility to designate and support at least 20 communities in the next four years.

Communities will compete in a transparent process, including demonstrating the strength and effectiveness of their local commitment to become Promise Zones.

In each Promise Zone, the federal government will make available tools like:

Promise Zone Tax Incentives
The President’s proposal includes the Promise Zones tax credit (crafted on the proven model of Empowerment Zones tax credits), that would provide private businesses tax incentives for hiring and investing in Promise Zones, to create jobs and attract additional private investments.

Strong Cities, Strong Communities / Strike Force
Through Federal teams on the ground and specialized technical assistance, these partnerships help communities break down regulatory barriers, use existing funds more effectively, and implement their economic visions.

Additional Tools
Promise Zones will be able to access investments that further the goals of job creation, additional private investment, increased economic activity, expanded educational opportunity, and reduction in violent crime. These could include the HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program to rebuild vacant properties, and Rental Assistance Demonstration to unlock private investment in public housing. Designees will also receive competitive preference for the Administration’s signature place-based investments, including:

  • Choice Neighborhoods (HUD): A redevelopment program that provides local leaders with tools to revitalize distressed public housing and concentrated poverty into vibrant, opportunity-rich neighborhoods.
  • Promise Neighborhoods (ED): Based on the work of Geoffrey Canada at the Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Neighborhoods builds a pipeline from the earliest ages of educational support services around a strong school environment, focused on the goal of high school graduation and college-going for every student.
  • Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (DOJ): Targets neighborhoods with persistent violent crime, focusing on hot spots of criminal activity, by employing cross-sector strategies that show evidence of impact in reducing violence.

Fact Sheet: The President’s Plan to Ensure Hard Work Leads to a Decent Living: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/15/fact-sheet-president-s-plan-ensure-hard-work-leads-decent-living

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  1. WH

    Thursday, January 9, 2014

    All Times Eastern

    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

    7:00 AM
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    President Obama meets with members of Congress
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    White House Press Secretary Jay Carney briefs the press

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    President Obama announces ways the federal government can help economically challenged communities through “Promise Zones.”

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    President Obama meets with Treasury Secretary Lew

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  2. Sparking Community Revitalization

    A child’s zip code should never determine her destiny; but today, the neighborhood she grows up in impacts her odds of graduating high school, her health outcomes, and her lifetime economic opportunities. The President is committed to partnering with local leaders to give them tools to rebuild their communities and put people back to work. It will take a collaborative effort — between private business and federal, state, and local officials; faith-based and non-profit organizations; kids and parents—to build the good schools, safe streets, and healthy homes that every family needs.

    Building Promise Zones

    The President’s Promise Zones will provide tools to revitalize communities by attracting private investment, creating jobs, improving affordable housing, expanding educational opportunities, providing tax incentives for hiring workers and investing within the Zones, and partnering with local leaders to navigate Federal programs and cut through red tape.

    Working with local leadership and Congress, the President is proposing to invest more than $750 million in hard-hit communities to provide a tax incentive to secure private investments that will help build homes and create jobs. The Administration will also align a number of its signature revitalization initiatives from the Department of Education, the Department of Housing and Urban Development, the Department of Commerce, the Department of Health and Human Services, the Department of Justice, and the Department for Agriculture in 20 communities hardest hit by the recession, to ensure that federal programs and resources are focused intensely on these “Promise Zones”. While Congressional action is needed to reach many more communities and authorize a tax incentive that would simulate private investment, the Obama Administration intends to use all of its flexibility to designate and support at least 20 communities in the next four years.

    Communities will compete in a transparent process, including demonstrating the strength and effectiveness of their local commitment to become Promise Zones.

    In each Promise Zone, the federal government will make available tools like:

    Promise Zone Tax Incentives
    The President’s proposal includes the Promise Zones tax credit (crafted on the proven model of Empowerment Zones tax credits), that would provide private businesses tax incentives for hiring and investing in Promise Zones, to create jobs and attract additional private investments.

    Strong Cities, Strong Communities / Strike Force
    Through Federal teams on the ground and specialized technical assistance, these partnerships help communities break down regulatory barriers, use existing funds more effectively, and implement their economic visions.

    Additional Tools
    Promise Zones will be able to access investments that further the goals of job creation, additional private investment, increased economic activity, expanded educational opportunity, and reduction in violent crime. These could include the HUD Neighborhood Stabilization Program to rebuild vacant properties, and Rental Assistance Demonstration to unlock private investment in public housing. Designees will also receive competitive preference for the Administration’s signature place-based investments, including:

    * Choice Neighborhoods (HUD): A redevelopment program that provides local leaders with tools to revitalize distressed public housing and concentrated poverty into vibrant, opportunity-rich neighborhoods.

    * Promise Neighborhoods (ED): Based on the work of Geoffrey Canada at the Harlem Children’s Zone, Promise Neighborhoods builds a pipeline from the earliest ages of educational support services around a strong school environment, focused on the goal of high school graduation and college-going for every student.

    * Byrne Criminal Justice Innovation (DOJ): Targets neighborhoods with persistent violent crime, focusing on hot spots of criminal activity, by employing cross-sector strategies that show evidence of impact in reducing violence.

    Fact Sheet: The President’s Plan to Ensure Hard Work Leads to a Decent Living: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2013/02/15/fact-sheet-president-s-plan-ensure-hard-work-leads-decent-living

    • Partnering with Local Communities: The First Five “Promise Zones”

      January 09, 2014 10:00 AM EST Cecilia Muñoz

      Last year, in his State of the Union address, President Obama announced his plan to work with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, expand educational opportunities, increase access to quality, affordable housing and improve public safety by creating 20 “Promise Zones” across the country.

      Yesterday, as we reflected on the 50th anniversary of the War on Poverty, the President reiterated this commitment; he reminded us of the frustrations that many American families face, and the need to build ladders of opportunity for those working to get into the middle class.

      In a country as great as this one, a child’s zip code should never be what determines his or her opportunity. The government can’t fix this on its own, but it can be a much better partner in helping local leaders develop policies that improve education, protect the most vulnerable, and encourage the entrepreneurial spirit. That’s what we’ll be doing in these Promise Zones, where the federal government will partner with local innovators, advancing their work to expand opportunity in their communities.

      Today, in the East Room of the White House, the President will announce the first five “Promise Zones”, located in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, Southeastern Kentucky, and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

      These areas – urban, rural, and tribal – have all committed, in partnership with local business and community leaders, to use existing resources on proven strategies, and make new investments that reward hard work. They have developed strong plans to create jobs, provide quality, affordable housing and expand educational opportunity, which we’ll help them execute with access to on-the-ground federal partners, resources, and grant preferences.

      READ MORE: http://www.whitehouse.gov/blog/2014/01/09/partnering-local-communities-first-five-promise-zones

    • September 19, 2014

      Obama Administration Launches Second Promise Zone Competition to Create Economic Opportunity in High-Poverty Communities

      Today, the Administration is launching the competition to designate the next round of Promise Zones, part of the President’s plan to create a new pathway to the middle class by partnering with local communities and businesses to create jobs, increase economic security, improve educational opportunities, and reduce violent crime. In January of this year, President Obama announced the first five Promise Zones selected by an interagency panel led by the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA). The work being done in these communities is already helping to move the needle in key areas. For example, graduation rates have reached almost 90 percent in the San Antonio Promise Zone; 2,000 kids in Los Angeles were able to find a summer job through a youth employment initiative; 900 unemployed people in Southeastern Kentucky have been connected to a job; and over 700 households and 50 businesses in remote southeast Oklahoma will soon have access to clean, safe drinking water for the first time.

      Today’s announcement of a new Promise Zone competition will help bring similar success to high-poverty communities across the country. Urban, rural, and tribal communities nationwide will be invited to put forward a plan to partner with local business and community leaders to make evidence-based investments that reward hard work and expand opportunity. In exchange, these designees will receive preferred access to certain competitive federal investments that further their strategic plans, federal staff on the ground to help them implement their goals, and five full-time AmeriCorps VISTA members to recruit and manage volunteers to strengthen the capacity of Promise Zone partners. Promise Zones focus on helping communities work together and partner with the federal government to meet their goals.

      For more: https://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/09/19/obama-administration-launches-second-promise-zone-competition-create-eco

    • Pine Ridge among 8 new Promise Zones named by Obama administration

      Published on Wednesday, 29 April 2015 16:08 native times

      WASHINGTON – The Obama Administration announced Tuesday morning eight additional Promise Zones across the country, including six cities, one rural area, and one tribal community. Promise Zones are high poverty communities where the federal government partners with local leaders to increase economic activity, improve educational opportunities, leverage private investment, reduce violent crime, enhance public health and address other priorities identified by the community. Through the Promise Zone designation, these communities will work directly with federal, state and local agencies to give local leaders proven tools to improve the quality of life in some of the country’s most vulnerable areas.

      U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Julián Castro and U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA) Secretary Tom Vilsack announced new Promise Zone designations in the following communities:

      • Camden, New Jersey
      • Hartford, Connecticut
      • Indianapolis, Indiana
      • Minneapolis, Minnesota
      • Sacramento, California
      • St. Louis/St. Louis County, Missouri
      • Pine Ridge Indian Reservation of the Oglala Sioux Tribe, South Dakota
      • South Carolina Low Country

      “From my time as Mayor to my tenure as Secretary, I’ve seen first-hand how a Promise Zone designation can spark progress and possibilities in underserved neighborhoods,” said HUD Secretary Castro. “A zip code should never limit the hopes that folks have for themselves or for their children. We’re proud to be working with a wide-variety of local leaders to strengthen neighborhoods and to unlock doors of opportunity that have been closed for far too long.”

      For more: http://www.nativetimes.com/index.php/news/federal/11451-pine-ridge-among-8-new-promise-zones-named-by-obama-administration

  3. Obama to unveil first 5 ‘Promise Zones’

    1/9/14 3 hours ago Associated Press

    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is announcing ways the federal government can help economically challenged communities through five new “Promise Zones.”

    Obama was to discuss the zones Thursday during a White House event. It’s part of his effort to focus on income inequality in the lead-up to his State of the Union address this month.

    The White House says tax incentives and grants can help communities tackle poverty, giving children better chances at success. By applying federal funding in targeted areas, Promise Zones aim to bolster education, access to housing and crime-reduction programs.

    Obama first announced the initiative during last year’s State of the Union but is just now revealing the first zones to be selected. They’re in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma.

  4. Challenger Job-Cut Report

    Released On 1/9/2014 7:30:00 AM For Dec, 2013

    Prior Actual
    Announced Layoffs – Level 45,314 30,623

    Highlights
    Challenger’s job-cut count points to unusual strength in the jobs market, at a recovery low of 30,623 in December vs 45,314 in November and 32,556 in December 2012. The fourth-quarter total of 121,667 is down sizably from 137,361 in fourth-quarter 2012 while the full year count at 509,051 is down nearly 15,000 from the prior year for the lowest total since 1997. The Challenger report joins a run of indications pointing to strength for tomorrow’s employment report including yesterday’s ADP estimate and Monday’s non-manufacturing employment index from the ISM.

    Source: http://www.bloomberg.com/markets/economic-calendar/

    • January 09, 2014

      Remarks by the President on Promise Zones

      East Room

      2:24 P.M. EST

      THE PRESIDENT: Well, welcome to the White House, everybody. And that was one of the best introductions I’ve ever had. (Applause.) So we’re so proud of Kiara for the introduction and for sharing your story, and you’re just so poised. And I know Geoff Canada is just out there all excited — (laughter) — and proud, and I know your mom is proud. I know she is. She should be.

      Kiara and the rest of these young people grew up in a 97-square-block section of Harlem. It’s a place where the odds used to be stacked against them every single day, even just graduating from high school was a challenge. But with the help of some very dedicated adults and a program called the Harlem Children’s Zone, they’re right on track to go to college. Together, students, teachers, administrators, parents, community, they’re changing the odds in this neighborhood. And that’s what we’re here to talk about today -– changing the odds for every American child so that no matter who they are, no matter where they are born, they have a chance to succeed in today’s economy.

      Now, the good news is that, thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the American people all across the country over the last five years, our economy has grown stronger. Our businesses have now created more than 8 million new jobs since the depths of the recession. Our manufacturing, our housing sectors are rebounding. Our energy and technology and auto industries are booming. We’ve got to keep our economy growing. We’ve got to make sure that everybody is sharing in that growth. We’ve got to keep creating jobs, and then we’ve got to make sure that wages and benefits are such that families can rebuild a little bit of security. We’ve got to make sure this recovery, which is real, leaves nobody behind. And that’s going to be my focus throughout the year.

      This is going to be a year of action. That’s what the American people expect, and they’re ready and willing to pitch in and help. This is not just a job for government; this is a job for everybody.

      Working people are looking for the kind of stable, secure jobs that too often went overseas in the past couple of decades. So next week, I’ll join companies and colleges and take action to boost high-tech manufacturing — the kind that attracts good new jobs and helps grow a middle class. Business owners are ready to play their part to hire more workers. So this month, I’m going to host CEOs here at the White House not once, but twice: First to lay out specific steps we can take to help more workers earn the skills that they need for today’s new jobs; second, they’re going to announce commitments that we’re making to put more of the long-term unemployed back to work.

      And on January 28th, in my State of the Union address — which I want all the legislators here to know I’m going to try to keep a little shorter than usual — (laughter) — they’re cheering silently — (laughter) — I will mobilize the country around the national mission of making sure our economy offers every American who works hard a fair shot at success. Anybody in this country who works hard should have a fair shot at success, period. It doesn’t matter where they come from, what region of the country, what they look like, what their last name is — they should be able to succeed.

      For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/09/remarks-president-promise-zones

  5. West Wing Week 1/10/14 or, “A Year of Action”

    Published on Jan 9, 2014

    Welcome to the West Wing Week, your guide to everything that’s happening at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. This week, the President repeatedly called for Congress to extend Emergency Unemployment Insurance for more than a million Americans, and announced the first five of what will be 20 Promise Zones to help change the odds for kids, as the War on Poverty turned 50. And as a polar vortex descended on much of the country, the President’s Science Advisor explained why. That’s January 3rd to January 9th “A Year of Action.”

  6. WH

    Friday, January 10, 2014

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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    Vice President Biden ceremonially swears-in Jeh Johnson as Secretary of Homeland Security
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  7. January 10, 2014

    President Obama Announces his Intent to Nominate Three to Serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System

    WASHINGTON, DC – Today, President Obama announced his intent to nominate three individuals to serve on the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System. The President announced his intent to nominate Stanley Fischer to serve as Vice Chairman and Governor, Lael Brainard to serve as Governor, and announced his intent to nominate Jerome Powell for a second term as Governor.

    President Obama said, “These three distinguished individuals have the proven experience, judgment and deep knowledge of the financial system to serve at the Federal Reserve during this important time for our economy. Stanley Fischer brings decades of leadership and expertise from various roles, including serving at the International Monetary Fund and the Bank of Israel. He is widely acknowledged as one of the world’s leading and most experienced economic policy minds and I’m grateful he has agreed to take on this new role and I am confident that he and Janet Yellen will make a great team. Lael Brainard has served as one of my top and most trusted international economic advisors during a challenging time not just at home, but for our global economy as well, and her knowledge of international monetary and economic issues will be an important addition to the Fed. I’m also thankful that Jerome Powell, who has proven to be an effective and wise voice at the Fed, has agreed to serve a second term. I’m confident that these individuals will serve their country well.”

    For more: http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press-office/2014/01/10/president-obama-announces-his-intent-nominate-three-serve-board-governor

  8. Feds recognize same-sex couples in Utah

    1/10/14 – 21 minutes ago Associated Press By PETE YOST

    WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder is recognizing the marriages of more than 1,000 same-sex couples in Utah that took place before the Supreme Court put those unions on hold.

    Holder’s action will enable the government to extend eligibility for federal benefits to these couples.

    The attorney general says families should not be asked to endure uncertainty regarding their benefits while the courts decide the issue of same-sex marriage in Utah.

    More than 1,000 gay and lesbian couples took home marriage licenses from local clerks after a federal judge overturned Utah’s same-sex marriage ban on Dec. 20. Utah voters approved the ban in 2004.

    On Thursday, the nation’s largest gay rights group, the Human Rights Campaign, had asked the federal government to act.

    • Attorney General Eric Holder Stands with Utah Couples, Extends Federal Recognition

      January 10, 2014 by HRC staff

      Today the Human Rights Campaign celebrated U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder announcement that full federal recognition will extend to the more than 1,300 gay and lesbian couples who have legally married in Utah. The action by the Department of Justice comes after HRC President Chad Griffin wrote to Attorney General Holder yesterday urging full recognition for the Utah couples.

      “These 1,360 Utah couples are married, plain and simple, and they should be afforded every right and responsibility of marriage,” said HRC President Chad Griffin following today’s news. “Attorney General Eric Holder has once again shown the kind of leadership that earns you a spot in the history books. This is only the beginning of this fight, and this work continues until marriage equality returns to Utah for good, and full equality reaches every American in all 50 states.”

      Same-sex couples in Utah were legally empowered to marry between December 20th and Monday, January 6th, when the U.S. Supreme Court stayed a lower court’s decision pending appeal. In addition to the letter to Attorney General Holder, Griffin also wrote to the attorneys general in marriage equality states urging them to recognize the legally-conferred Utah marriages.

      To view HRC President Chad Griffin’s letter to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, click here.

  9. Congressional Deal Reached on Obama Trade-Talks Authority

    Jan 9, 2014 12:34 PM PT By Brian Wingfield, Laura Litvan and Michael C. Bender – bloomberg

    Congressional leaders who oversee trade policy introduced legislation today that would give President Barack Obama the fast-track authority he is seeking to enact three of the world’s largest accords.

    House Ways and Means Committee Chairman Dave Camp of Michigan joined leaders of the Senate Finance Committee to offer legislation on so-called trade-promotion authority, which subjects trade deals to an up-or-down vote by Congress.

    “The TPA legislation we are introducing today will make sure that these trade deals get done, and get done right,” Democratic Senator Max Baucus of Montana, the Senate Finance Committee Chairman, said in a statement. “This is our opportunity to tell the administration — and our trading partners — what Congress’s negotiating priorities are.”

    The Obama administration is seeking trade-promotion authority to smooth congressional passage of trade deals, including one being negotiated with a group of 11 Pacific region nations and another with the 28-nation European Union. Those pacts, to create the world’s largest free-trade zones, would link regions with about $44 trillion in annual economic output. The U.S. is also negotiating a services-trade agreement with a group of nations that would cover about half of the world’s economy.

    Obama ‘Priority’

    The fast-track authority is a priority for Obama and is critical as negotiations move forward on the EU and Pacific-rim pacts, White House press secretary Jay Carney said.

    While Carney said today he hasn’t seen the specifics of the legislation, “when there’s progress on that front it’s a good thing.”

  10. WH

    Saturday, January 11, 2014

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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  11. January 11, 2014

    Weekly Address: Ensuring 2014 is a Year of Action to Grow the Economy

    Hi, everybody. Yesterday, we learned that in 2013, our businesses created 2.2 million new jobs – including 87,000 last month. Our unemployment rate is the lowest it has been since October 2008. And across our broader economy, there are signs of progress. Our manufacturing and housing sectors are rebounding. Our energy, technology, and auto sectors are booming. Thanks in part to the reforms in the Affordable Care Act, health care costs now eat up less of our economy – over the past four years, costs have grown at the slowest rate on record. And since I took office, we’ve cut our deficits by more than half.

    Thanks to the hard work and sacrifice of the American people, our economy is growing stronger. But we know we’ve got more work to do together. Our success as a country depends on more than the success of our broader economy – it depends on the success of the American people. It depends on your ability to make ends meet, provide for your families, and, with a little hard work, feel like you can get ahead.

    So we’ve got to keep our economy growing, and make sure more Americans have the opportunity to share in that growth. We’ve got to keep creating jobs that offer new opportunity, and make sure those jobs offer the wages and benefits that let you rebuild some security. We’ve got more kids to educate, and families to get covered with health insurance, and an immigration system to fix. And we’ve got to make sure this recovery leaves no one behind.

    This will be a year of action. I’ll keep doing everything I can to create new jobs and new opportunities for American families – with Congress, on my own, and with everyone willing to play their part. And that action should begin by extending unemployment insurance for Americans who were laid off in the recession through no fault of their own. This vital economic lifeline helps people support their families while they look for a new job. And it demands responsibility in return by requiring that they prove they’re actively looking for work. But Republicans in Congress just let that lifeline expire for 1.3 million Americans. And if this doesn’t get fixed, it will actually hurt about 14 million Americans over the course of this year. Earlier this week, Democrats and Republicans in the Senate took the first steps toward making this right. But Congress needs to finish the job right away. More than one million Americans across the country will feel a little hope right away.

    Working folks are looking for the kind of stable, secure jobs that went overseas in the past couple decades. So next week, I’ll join companies and colleges and take action to boost the high-tech manufacturing that attracts the kind of good new jobs a growing middle class requires.

    Business owners are ready to play their part and hire more workers. So next week, I’ll be joined by college presidents as we lay out specific steps we can take to help more workers earn the skills they need for today’s new jobs. Later this month I’ll host CEOs at the White House to announce commitments we’re making to put more of the long-term unemployed back to work.

    And at the end of the month, in my State of the Union Address, I will mobilize the country around the national mission of making sure our economy offers everyone who works hard a fair shot at opportunity and success. As Americans, that’s what we should expect. And after everything you’ve done to recover and rebuild from crisis these past five years – after all your hard work and sacrifice – that’s what you deserve.

    Thanks, and have a great weekend.

  12. We the Geeks: Future of Computing

    Streamed live on Jan 8, 2014

    We the Geeks: Future of Computing, as we explore what possibilities the future of computing may bring — from wearables to Holodecks — and what’s needed to get there!

    Tom Kalil and Cristin Dorgelo from the White House Office of Science and Technology will discuss new computing advancements with:

    Mark Papermaster, Chief Technology Officer at Advanced Micro Devices,
    Alicia Gibb, Executive Director of the Open Source Hardware Association,
    Alex Kipman of Microsoft Kinect, and
    Palmer Luckey, founder of Oculus Rift

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    Sunday, January 12, 2014

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    President Obama receives the presidential daily briefing

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