LOCUS, Latin for “place,” is a national coalition of real estate developers and investors who advocate for sustainable, equitable, walkable development in America’s metropolitan areas.
Across the country demand is high for real estate in sustainable, walkable urban places. Yet too often, public policy hampers developers’ ability to build the development that would meet this demand. LOCUS brings together real estate developers and investors from across the country to change policy at the local, state, and federal level and to build neighborhoods that are more economically, socially and environmentally sustainable for America’s future.
*NEW* National Opportunity Zones Marketplace is now live!
Created first to serve the 13 communities in our National Opportunity Zones Academy (NationalOZAcademy.org), this new resource connects equitable development projects to a national network of responsible developers, investors, and local leaders to bring their vision of healthy, prosperous, and livable places to life.
The Marketplace is an online platform for Academy cities and LOCUS members that promotes both smart growth business and real estate opportunities and allows members to connect locally to share ideas and pursue projects in markets of mutual interest.
This seminal 2019 LOCUS report—National Opportunity Zones Ranking Report—identifies which Opportunity Zones are positioned to bring positive social, environmental, and economic returns, by ranking all Opportunity Zones by their smart growth potential and current social equity. Second, the report includes policy recommendations for communities to ensure that development results in more walkable places that are healthy, prosperous, equitable and resilient.
LOCUS also manages the Equitable Investment Atlas—an interactive mapping tool that allows users to search all designated Opportunity Zones in the 50 U.S. states and the District of Columbia for information regarding their Smart Growth Potential (SGP) and Social Equity. It is intended to guide communities in designated Opportunity Zones, as well as other stakeholders and investors, to better understand designated zones’ SGP status relative to other locations across the country.
Do you know a real estate developer, investor, company, or project creating great walkable places and demonstrating exemplary public leadership to advance smart growth development? If so, nominate them for the 2020 LOCUS National Leadership Awards!
LOCUS & Smart Growth America recently launched the National Opportunity Zones Marketplace, an online resource to help facilitate equitable development and information sharing. It’s the latest evolution of our work to ensure that new investment in Opportunity Zones benefit existing residents the community at-large instead of displacing the people the tax incentive was intended to help. Watch the recorded webinar about how to use the Marketplace.