We Agree on Opportunity Zones

July 16, 2020

As a country we don’t agree on everything, but when it comes to Opportunity Zones, an innovative approach to spurring long-term private sector investments in low-income communities nationwide, the history is clear – they’ve been bi-partisan from the beginning…

“The Opportunity Zones provision is based on the bipartisan Investing in Opportunity Act, which was championed by Senators Tim Scott (R-SC) and Cory Booker (D-NJ) and Representatives Pat Tiberi (R-OH) and Ron Kind (D-WI), who led a regionally and politically diverse coalition of nearly 100 congressional cosponsors.”

“The concept was originally introduced in a 2015 paper, “Unlocking Private Capital to Facilitate Economic Growth in Distressed Areas,” to help address the persistent poverty and uneven recovery that left too many American communities behind. The idea has since been championed by a wide-ranging coalition of investors, entrepreneurs, community developers, economists, and other stakeholders.” …

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