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Opportunity Zones

Opportunity Zones represent a new tax incentive intended to connect private investment capital to low-income communities nationwide by reinvesting capital gains in federally designated Opportunity Zones. LISC is one of many organizations working towards the successful implementation of this economic development tool. 

WNY Opportunity Zone Conference

Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Northland Workforce Training Center

Local Initiatives Support Corporation (LISC) and the WNY Regional Economic Development Council (REDC) invite you to join us for an in-depth conversation about leveraging the federal Opportunity Zone program to support local revitalization efforts. The meeting will feature national OZ experts Bruce Katz of The New Localism and Kevin Boes President and CEO of LISC's New Markets Support Company (NMSC) as well as local economic development leaders. The meeting is being presented through the generous support of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation


8:00 – 8:30 a.m. – Program Registration 

8:30 – 9:15 a.m. – Welcome and Opportunity Zone Overview

  • Kevin Boes, NMSC/LISC

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. – WNY Opportunity Zone Areas: Existing Conditions & Initiatives

  • Laura Quebral, Director, University at Buffalo Regional Institute 

10:00 – 10:30 a.m. – Local Opportunity Zone Conversations to Date

10:30 – 11:00 a.m. – National Perspectives on Opportunity Zones

  • Bruce Katz, Director, Nowak Metro Finance Lab, Drexel University; and Co-author, “The New Localism: How Cities Can Thrive in the Age of Populism”

11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m. –  Opportunity Zone Project Typologies and Assembling Capital Stacks

  • Conversation moderated by Kevin Boes with local practitioners 

12:00 – 12:30 p.m. – Lunch Break

12:30 – 1:30 p.m. – Key Elements of Successful Programs and Next Steps for WNY

  • Conversation moderated by Bruce Katz

1:30 – 2:00 p.m. – Closing Comments 

2:00 – 3:00 p.m. – Technical Session for Advanced Practitioners


Register to Attend
Wednesday, May 22, 2019
Northland Workforce Training Center

The meeting will be also be accessible as a webcast and recorded for those unable to join the live session.

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Meet Our Keynote Speaker

Bruce Katz is the Co-Founder of New Localism Advisors. The mission of the firm is to help cities design, finance and deliver transformative initiatives that promote inclusive and sustainable growth.

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Meet Our NMSC Speaker

Kevin Boes has served as the President and CEO of New Markets Support Company (NMSC) since January 2011. He is responsible for the oversight and management of the company and has led the expansion of LISC's New Markets business to include syndication and CDE services.

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Learn more about local groups that are already engaging in Opportunity Zone initiatives. 

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LISC OZ Resources

Check out some resources and research on Opportunity Zones.

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Michael Alexander, Economic Development Loan Officer