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The Most Popular OZ Podcast Episodes of 2020

The Opportunity Zones Podcast will return next week with new episodes for 2021. But in the meantime, here are the most popular episodes of the show in 2020 (presented in reverse chronological order). Highlights include interviews with Opportunity Zone experts across several industries, including Ashley Tison, Tony Nitti, Dan Kowalski, Jim Sorenson, Erik Hayden, Travis

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Jimmy Atkinson

How to Be a Shrewd Opportunity Zone Investor

What does it take to be a shrewd Opportunity Zone investor? Several Opportunity Zone experts provided their insights on a live panel recorded on November 17, 2020 during OZ Pitch Day, titled “Being a Shrewd Opportunity Zone Investor.” Today’s podcast episode is the audio version of that panel. Moderated by OpportunityDb founder Jimmy Atkinson, the

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Riaz Taplin

Workforce Housing in Opportunity Zones, with Riaz Taplin

Why should investors consider workforce housing as a stable Opportunity Zone investment strategy? Riaz Taplin is principal and founder of Riaz Capital, an Oakland-based developer and operator of workforce housing specifically focusing on how to address the changing housing need of the millennial generation. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with

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Rachel Reilly

Opportunity Zones: Past, Present, and Future, with Rachel Reilly

With a new President taking office next month, what does the future hold for Opportunity Zones? And what policy reforms under a Biden-Harris administration would improve the policy such that it more closely adheres to legislative intent? Rachel Reilly is former director of impact strategy at Economic Innovation Group, a bipartisan public policy organization that

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Jimmy Atkinson

Top Questions to Ask Before Investing in an Opportunity Zone Fund

What are the biggest questions you should ask before investing in an Opportunity Zone fund? With many investors facing a year-end deadline for rolling over their capital gains into an Opportunity Zone investment, know which questions to ask any fund manager before writing that big check. Click the play button below to listen to today’s

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Chad LaComb

How Regional EDA Groups Can Leverage Opportunity Zones, with Chad LaComb

How can a regional economic development planning commission help their communities leverage their Opportunity Zone designations? Invest Acadiana serves as a perfect example. Chad LaComb is the economic development planner for the Acadiana Planning Commission (APC), a regional EDA organization located in Lafayette, Louisiana. APC has partnered with their regional chamber of commerce and community

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Brian Darmody

University Research Parks and Opportunity Zones, with Brian Darmody

Can university research parks, incubators, and accelerators catalyze innovation in Opportunity Zones? Brian Darmody is CEO of the Association of University Research Parks (AURP). Many of AURP’s member institutions are located in Opportunity Zones. Click the play button below to listen to my conversation with Brian. Episode Highlights Background on the Association of University Research

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