Don’t miss LOCUS’ upcoming Opportunity Zones webinar

Our next webinar, Understanding your Opportunity Zones, will take place on Tuesday, June 26th from 1:00 to 2:00 p.m. EDT.

Next week, join LOCUS, the Economic Innovation Group, and the Michigan State Housing Development Authority for a comprehensive discussion of the new federal Opportunity Zones program. Launched by last December’s Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the new tax program encourages long-term private capital investment in America’s low-income urban and rural communities.

The webinar will provide participants with the knowledge and resources needed to guide equitable economic and community development outcomes in America’s lowest-income census tracts. Discussion topics will include:

  • The economic context for the Opportunity Zones program,
  • Program guidelines and implementation,
  • Opportunity Fund creation, operation, and management,
  • Best policies and practices for cities, philanthropies, advocates, and the private sector to think about now.

Understanding your Opportunity Zones will feature a talented panel of speakers with close knowledge of the Opportunity Zones program. They are:



Christopher Coes / Director, LOCUS





Kenan Fikri / Director of Research, Economic Innovation Group





Gary Heidel / Chief Housing Investment Officer, MSHDA



If there are any questions or topics you would like addressed by this presentation, please direct them to LOCUS at [email protected].

This webinar is being presented in partnership with Smart Growth America’s First & Main coalition of local elected officials united behind a blueprint for prosperity in America’s rural, small, and mid-sized communities.

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