Creating Catalytic Impact in Rural Opportunity Zones, with Chris Montgomery

What is an OZ fund on Colorado’s western slope doing to spark catalytic impact and serve the long-term needs of rural communities? Chris Montgomery is partner at Four Points Funding, whose Opportunity Zone fund was recently awarded the Grand Prize as the Forbes OZ 20’s Top Rural Opportunity Zone Fund Catalyst by Forbes and the … Read more

COVID-19: Impact on Financial Markets and Opportunity Zones, with Craig Bernstein

How will the ongoing coronavirus pandemic affect financial markets and Opportunity Zones? Craig Bernstein is principal of OPZ Capital, which launched the OPZ Capital Opportunity Zone Fund in 2018. Craig has over 20 years of real estate experience, and is a prominent thought leader in the Opportunity Zones industry. Click the play button below to … Read more

The First OZ Fund to Deploy Capital to Businesses, with Len Mills & Natalie Elder

What is the capital raising and investment portfolio strategy for the first Opportunity Zone Fund to deploy capital to business ventures? Len Mills is CEO of Verte OZ, a venture capital Opportunity Zone fund launched in September 2019 that invests in high-growth disruptive businesses. Natalie Elder is Verte’s head of investor relations. Click the play … Read more

Takeaways from Our First 100 Opportunity Zone Strategy Calls

What are the biggest Opportunity Zone lessons we’ve discovered and Qualified Opportunity Fund best practices we’ve formed after our first 100 Opportunity Strategy Calls at OZ Pros? And how can they apply to you? Opportunity Zones Podcast host Jimmy Atkinson and OZ Consultants CEO Ashley Tison are co-founders of OZ Pros — Qualified Opportunity Fund … Read more

Novogradac’s OZ Working Group and Conference, with John Sciarretti

What Opportunity Zones regulatory issues does the Novogradac Working Group address in their recent comment letter to the IRS? And what can you expect at the upcoming Novogradac OZ conference? John Sciarretti is a partner at Novogradac, a top 50 accounting firm and national thought leader in the Opportunity Zone industry. Click the play button … Read more

Fund Custody and Opportunity Zones, with Jeremy Christensen

What level of transparency does your Opportunity Zone fund provide? Is it verified by a third-party fund custodian? Jeremy Christensen is director of fund custody at Millennium Trust Company, a custody firm that manages investment accounts, retirement funds, and alternative assets like Opportunity Zone funds. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation … Read more

PropTech and Opportunity Zones, with Steve Nson

How can real estate technology, or property technology, benefit Opportunity Zone marketplace participants? Steve Nson is founder of AnySizeDeals, a matchmaking platform for real estate investors that also organizes live events. Their upcoming AnySizeDeals Week event will focus on how real estate interacts with AI and robotics, innovation, Opportunity Zones, and blockchain. Click the play … Read more

Investing for Impact in Opportunity Zones, with Jim Sorenson & Patrick McKenna

Can Catalyst Opportunity Funds serve as both a counterexample to the wave of negative OZ publicity and a model for OZ fund investing? Impact investing pioneer Jim Sorenson and tech entrepreneur Patrick McKenna are co-founders of Catalyst. Jim is also founder of the Sorenson Impact Foundation, and funding partner at the University of Utah’s Sorenson … Read more

Indoor Vertical Farming in Opportunity Zones, with Zale Tabakman

Why might indoor vertical farming be ideally suited for Opportunity Zones? Zale Tabakman is founder and president of Baltimore-based Local Grown Salads, an indoor vertical farming company that has its own Opportunity Zone fund. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with Zale. Episode Highlights The benefits of locally grown indoor vertical … Read more