About Opportunity to Action: Opportunity Zones, a Pathway to Recovery

As the nation faces economic turmoil, how can the Chicagoland community recover economically and incorporate resiliency, equity, and opportunity into its pathway to recovery?

Opportunity to Action: Opportunity Zones, a Pathway to Recovery is a series of free virtual convenings over four days for Chicagoland developers, investors, businesses, entrepreneurs, community-based organizations, public officials, and other economic development stakeholders interested in learning more about Opportunity Zones and their role in fostering equitable development and economic recovery throughout Chicagoland.

Opportunity to Action will provide attendees with the knowledge, tools, and partnerships for encouraging equitable development and community engagement and building wealth, jobs, and other economic opportunities in Chicagoland’s Opportunity Zones; virtual sessions will also showcase local strategies and national best practices for attracting responsible real estate development, investment, and business activity, as well as cultivating locally-led, community-driven real estate and business innovations.

Participants will be joined by Opportunity Zones and equitable development experts from across the country who will share first-hand experiences and expert insights on understanding and implementing the new tax incentive in a manner that positively improves lives and transforms place.

Opportunity to Action is being hosted by Smart Growth America and the Chicagoland Opportunity Zones Consortium as part of the Consortium’s participation in SGA’s inaugural National Opportunity Zones Academy.


About the National Opportunity Zones Academy

In 2019, Chicago was announced as an inaugural member of the Rockefeller Foundation and Smart Growth America (SGA)’s National Opportunity Zones Academy, a technical assistance, peer learning, and networking program that will enhance local capacity to achieve equitable development outcomes, build community wealth, and encourage responsible, triple-bottom-line real estate development and investment throughout their Opportunity Zones communities.


About Chicagoland’s Opportunity Zones

The City of Chicago and Cook County’s neighboring suburbs are home to 183 federally-designated Opportunity Zones. In 2018, Smart Growth America’s National Opportunity Zones Ranking Report identified Chicago’s Opportunity Zones as among the best in the nation for supporting triple-bottom-line development projects, policies, and partnerships. Check out this interactive map of Chicagoland’s Opportunity Zones.