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Obama Unveils First 5 'Promise Zones'

Obama Unveils First 5 'Promise Zones'

WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is identifying five communities that will benefit from a program of tax incentives and government grants, a year after he unveiled the plan in his 2013 State of the Union address.

Obama named the new "Promise Zones" Thursday at a bipartisan White House event. It's an example of administrative action Obama can take without Congress.

Thursday's zones are in San Antonio, Philadelphia, Los Angeles, southeastern Kentucky and the Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma. They're the first of 20 the administration intends to announce over the next three years.

Obama says anyone who works hard in the U.S. should have a chance for success.

Among those attending were Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, a Kentucky Republican who is a frequent Obama critic. McConnell says he supports the designation for eight hard-hit Kentucky counties.
    

 

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