Opportunity Zones 101

 In Community Vitality

Since tax reform in 2017, developers, economic development professionals, city planners & more have begun to ask: what is the opportunity in Opportunity Zones? How can my community benefit? What are the potential unintended consequences? There are many unanswered questions in this rapidly-evolving space, but one thing is clear: the communities that come up to speed quickly will be best positioned to respond.

This regional gathering is intended to help us accelerate our learning together. Participants will learn:

  • What is an Opportunity Zone? An Opportunity Fund? Are there any designated zones in my community?
  • How are other communities responding in this rapidly-evolving marketplace?
  • How could my community benefit from this new tax incentive? What are some of the tradeoffs and unintended consequences?
  • Will Opportunity Zones even “take” in rural communities as they might in more urban contexts?

Registration at 10:30am, and event begins at 11:00am. Lunch included. All ticket proceeds will be donated to Viva Downtown, the national main street organization in Redding. Get your ticket here today! Want to get a jumpstart on Opportunity Zones 101? Check out the resources at https://opzones.ca.gov/.

Why this gathering?: The McConnell Foundation joins with community partners to support education & awareness about the Downtown Redding Opportunity Zone, which is the focus of their Community Vitality program, as well as awareness-raising about Opportunity Zones across the 5 counties the Foundation serves: Shasta, Siskiyou, Trinity, Tehama & Modoc.


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