Oklahoma City — The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma has been selected as one of the first five organizations to test a new anti-poverty program to improve life in chronically poor areas.
The tribe will create a Promise Zone in an economically challenged area in southeastern Oklahoma and use community groups, businesses and schools to focus on specific education and economic development goals, The Oklahoman reported Wednesday (http://bit.ly/1bRd8Kd).
The designation is expected to give the communities priority for grants, on-site help from federal officials and, if Congress approves, business tax breaks for hiring employees.
Choctaw Nation Chief Gregory E. Pyle said the Durant-based tribe was “blessed to work with many regional, county, municipal, school and university partners who, along with the Choctaw Nation, believe that great things can occur to lift everyone in southeastern Oklahoma when we work together.
“This designation will assist ongoing efforts to emphasize small business development and bring economic opportunity to the high-need communities,” he said.