Opportunity Zones:
The Largest Economic Development Tool In Our History!

What Are Opportunity Zones?

An Opportunity Zone is a powerful new tool intended to stimulate investment in distressed communities. Harnessing this tool to support short- and long-term community objectives requires careful and thoughtful planning. Opportunity Zones.org provides a roadmap to help communities, investors, businesses, developers, CDFI’s, and nonprofits plan for potential investments in Opportunity Zones by understanding local needs, aligning community assets, establishing regulatory tools and financing incentives to support investments and forming partnerships toward equitable and inclusive community development. This roadmap serves as an guide to all things Opportunity Zones.

Opportunity Zones were created as part of the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act. An Opportunity Zone is defined by the Internal Revenue Service as “an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Localities qualify as Opportunity Zones if they have been nominated for that designation by the State and that nomination has been certified by the Secretary of the U.S. Treasury via his delegation authority to the Internal Revenue Service.” Opportunity Zones are defined by census tract boundaries, and per Federal law, State chief executives (Governors) nominated the census tracts to be certified and designated as Opportunity Zones by the Department of the Treasury. In addition to the tax benefits that align to these designated census tracts, the Federal, State, tribal, local and territorial governments are also aligning resources to Opportunity Zones. Together, public and private investment resources can be leveraged for economic development in these communities.

The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council was established in December 2018 with Executive Order 13853. The Council is chaired by U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) Secretary Ben Carson and led by Executive Director Scott Turner. It comprises a variety of Federal departments and agencies, all tasked with targeting, streamlining and coordinating Federal resources so that they can be used to their fullest potential in Opportunity Zones and other economically distressed communities.

Investing in Opportunity Zones

More than 8,700 census tracts were designated as Opportunity Zones across all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories. For communities with increasing housing insecurity and growing economic inequality, an Opportunity Zone designation provides a chance to shape strategies and policies that harness this powerful incentive, while serving the needs of current and future residents. Communities across the country must prepare for potential investments in Opportunity Zones and leverage support. By thinking beyond individual transactions, communities can align, direct and leverage these investments toward transformational community outcomes.

Single Family Housing

Multifamily Housing


Commerical Buildings


Start Ups

Schools & Education



Clean Energy Tech

Qualified Opportunity Zone Funds

Qualified Opportunity Funds are a new private investment vehicle authorized to aggregate and deploy capital into Opportunity Zones. Qualified Opportunity Funds will facilitate “impact investments” for investors and for the community, and tax benefits derived from these investments will encourage investment in Opportunity Zones. U.S. investors are eligible to receive certain tax benefits on realized capital gains that are reinvested in Opportunity Zones through Qualified Opportunity Funds.

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How You Can Get Involved With Opportunity Zones

The beauty of the Opportunity Zone program is anybody can get involved with it.

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Opportunity Zone Program Awareness

You’ve probably read, seen or heard word Opportunity Zones. You may even think this is just a program for the wealthy elite. You couldn’t be any more wrong! The first thing you need to do is expand your awareness of the Opportunity Zone program. Get up to speed on the basic ins and outs of Opportunity Zones and funds and what it means for economic development and job creation in your community.

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Opportunity Zone Education

Step it up a major notch by going all in on your opportunity zone education with the Certified Opportunity Zone Advisor® designation. The COZA® program was designed for professionals working within Opportunity Zones and advising their clients about Opportunity Zones.

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Opportunity Zone Application

Get Activated! Once you are comfortable with your understanding of the opportunity zone program its time to actually do something about it. We’re here to help!

Step One: Opportunity Zone Awareness

Since their introduction, Opportunity Zones have developed an interest at an extraordinary pace. The Opportunity Zone program has swiftly mobilized investors, advisers, developers, business owners, and communities excited about its ability to tap a limitless reservoir of untapped capital to revitalize and underserved communities across the United States, Puerto Rico, Guam and the Virgin Islands.

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Step Two: Consider Getting OZ Certified

Introducing the 1st & Only actual Opportunity Zone training program in existence. The COZA™ Certification is designed to educate you in all aspects of the Opportunity Zone program.

Step Three: Get Activated With Opportunity Zones

We want to make sure you have all the tools and resources to be successful in Opportunity Zones

Invest In Opportunity Zones

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Develop an Opportunity Zone Fund

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Utilize Opportunity Zone Tools

Would you hire a plumber without a toolkit? The OZ Toolkit is your go to resource for all things Opportunity Zones and how to take advantage of this program. Never miss an opportunity with access to our up-to-date Federal, State & Investor databases.


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