For Immediate Release: April 26, 2019

SMUD partners with community leaders to accelerate revitalization in Sacramento’s underserved communities

Sacramento’s Promise Zone—an area that encompasses 22 square miles of the economically hardest-hit neighborhoods in Sacramento—from Del Paso Heights in the North Area to The Avenues in the South Area.

The partners will announce the funding and projects that this partnership will implement over the next three years.


Announcement on revitalizing Sacramento’s underserved communities


Monday, April 29, 2019 at 12:15 p.m.


SMUD Customer Service Center

6301 S. Street, Sacramento


  • SMUD CEO and General Manager

    Arlen Orchard

  • Blue Shield of California Manager of Government and Community Relations Chantel Johnson
  • UC Davis Health CEO David Lubarsky
  • Sacramento Promise Zone Director

    Tyrone Roderick Williams

  • Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce CEO Azizza Davis Goines

The promise zone collaborative will work to coordinate resources, build capacity and create public-private partnerships to drive area revitalization. The partners are committed to creating jobs and increased economic activity; improving educational opportunities; improving health and wellness; and, facilitating neighborhood revitalization.

About the Promise Zone Collaborative

The Promise Zone Collaborative includes SMUD, UC Davis Health, Blue Shield of California, SHRA, Sacramento Black Chamber of Commerce, SAFE Credit Union, Roberts Family Development Center, Greater Sacramento Urban League, United Way and Sacramento Area Council of Governments. Its mission is to coordinate resources, build capacity and create public-private partnerships through shared goals to drive revitalization in Sacramento’s most underserved communities. This collaborative partnership builds on the work established in 2015 when Sacramento received the Promise Zone federal designation from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development. The Promise Zone cross sector initiative has grown from 30 partners to partnerships with over 150 corporate, non-profit, governmental and local organizations. Focus areas include education, job training and placement, heath care and nutrition, economic development and sustainable community development. To date Promise Zone partners have been awarded or leveraged $140 million in local, state and federal funds. For more information on the Sacramento Promise Zone visit