How one city is priming itself for Opportunity Zone investment


How does a city make sure it’s ready for investment? A question weighing on many municipal minds is how to organize planning, economic development strategies, and zoning regulations to make it clear to residents, developers, and investors that this is the right place to be. Further, how does a community encourage investment without sacrificing the characteristics that make it an attractive community to its residents?

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Get your copy of the 2019 Federal Financing Toolkit


Dozens of federal programs are designed to help finance smart growth development, and a new resource from LOCUS provides an overview of all of those programs in one convenient place. The 2019 Federal Financing Toolkit has been updated and expanded to include dozens of federal financing opportunities that are designed to help real estate developers and investors, as well as local elected officials, achieve their development goals.

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2019 Federal Financing Toolkit

The toolkit is free for LOCUS members. Log in to the Member Resources section of our website to access your copy. The toolkit is also available for non-members at a cost of $60 — sign up to purchase your copy. As demand for smart growth development rises across the country, real estate developers and investors as well as local … Continued

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Nominations open for the 2019 LOCUS National Leadership Awards


Do you know a real estate developer, investor, or company creating great walkable places and demonstrating exemplary public leadership to advance smart growth development? If so, nominate them for the 2019 LOCUS National Leadership Awards.

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Local leader takes action on Opportunity Zones


Much of the buzz around Opportunity Zones has centered on big cities, but Councilman Bruce Lockett of Pine Bluff, Arkansas is determined to show potential investors that his community—and other small towns like it—should not be overlooked. Last year, he championed a local ordinance to create a task force of community stakeholders charged with raising Pine Bluff’s profile and attracting investment to the town’s three Opportunity Zones.

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Sprawl or smart growth: the future of Opportunity Zones

The newly created Opportunity Zones program will likely go down as the largest and most significant federal community development initiative in U.S. history, with trillions of dollars in new private investment about to start flowing into pre-designated low-income communities around the country.

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LOCUS Opportunity Zones National Ranking Report

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 included a new powerful economic development tax  incentive – Opportunity Zones – designed to encourage long-term private capital investment in America’s low-income communities. With over 8,700 Opportunity Zones – spanning the entire continental US, the District of Columbia and US territories – now eligible to tap into … Continued

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