The OZ Regulatory Process: Behind the Scenes at Treasury, with Dan Kowalski

What are the five most impactful changes in the final IRS regulations on Opportunity Zones? And what’s the true story behind the Opportunity Zone designation in Storey County, NV? Daniel Kowalski is counselor to Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin and led the Treasury Department’s efforts in issuing regulations on Qualified Opportunity Funds. Click the play button … Read more

How Foreign Taxpayers Can Invest in Opportunity Zones, with Steve Christiano

What types of foreign investors may be ideal candidates for Opportunity Zone investing? And is there an opportunity for OZ fund sponsors to raise capital overseas? Stephen Christiano is an associate tax director of Frank Hirth’s business tax group, specializing in U.S. business taxation and Opportunity Zones. Click the play button below to listen to … Read more

How CDFIs Can Help Raise Opportunity Zone Capital

What is a Community Development Financial Institution, or CDFI? And how can Opportunity Zone fund sponsors, real estate developers, and QOZB business owners leverage their local CDFIs as a capital raising resource? Ruben Alonso is president of AltCap, a CDFI headquartered in Kansas City. Emily Lecuyer is managing director of Equity², an affiliate of AltCap. … Read more

How Opportunity Zones Can Help Solve the Climate Crisis, with Jack Sullivan

Does the climate change mitigation industry pose a huge OZ business opportunity? Jack Sullivan is founder and CEO of RedCarbon, a Qualified Opportunity Zone Business that focuses on carbon sequestration technologies and processes. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with Jack. Episode Highlights Marrying the Opportunity Zone law with one of … Read more

The OZ Fund that Lined up $105 Million in 17 Hours, with Michael Episcope

How did Origin Investments line up over $100 million for their Opportunity Zone fund in less than 24 hours? And what are some of the biggest challenges and complexities of managing an OZ fund? Michael Episcope is co-founder and principal of Origin Investments, a private equity real estate firm founded in 2007. Click the play … Read more

How OZ Funds Are Adhering to Policy Intent, with Greg Genovese and Steve Sego

Are Qualified Opportunity Funds living up to the spirit and intent of the Opportunity Zone initiative? And how should social impact reporting be conducted? Greg Genovese is president of Sound West Realty Capital, a real estate development group based in the Seattle area. Steve Sego is president of the Waterman Group, a community redevelopment, investment, … Read more

Pairing Tax Credits with the Opportunity Zone Tax Incentive, with Michael Novogradac

How can different real estate tax credits (New Markets, Low Income Housing, Renewable Energy, and Historic) be paired with the Opportunity Zones tax incentive? Michael Novogradac is managing partner of Novogradac, a top 50 accounting firm and thought leader in the Opportunity Zone industry. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with … Read more

Over $3.9 Billion Raised by Opportunity Zone Funds, with Michael Novogradac

Are Opportunity Zone funds having success raising enough capital? Will capital raising reach federal government estimates? Find out why one prominent tax accountant thinks so. Michael Novogradac is managing partner of Novogradac, a top 50 accounting firm and thought leader in the Opportunity Zone industry. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation … Read more

The Biggest Misconceptions About Opportunity Zones, with Bob Richardson

What are some of the biggest misconceptions, inconsistencies, and disconnects surrounding the Opportunity Zone tax incentive? Bob Richardson is managing partner of Blue Cardinal Capital, a real estate private equity firm with Opportunity Zone projects in upstate New York. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with Bob. Episode Highlights The key … Read more