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Panacea or Problematic? The Possibilities in Opportunity Zones

A thoughtful piece by Enterprise Community Partners president Laurel Blatchford on the potential of Opportunity Zones - good and bad - and what states and communities can do now to ensure this new economic development tool works for residents of low-income communities, and not against them.

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LISC CEO to Congress: Here’s What Opportunity Zones Need To Succeed

LISC CEO Maurice A. Jones testified before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress this week, urging its members to implement Opportunity Zones in ways that will truly benefit Americans in underinvested communities. The policy can spur billions in private investment in the country’s most distressed census tracts and play a major role in closing ...

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Addressing the Opportunity Gap: How the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act Affects People and Places

There's no question that the 2018 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) will have an impact on the resources available to families and communities, and to those working to bridge the opportunity gap. But what will that impact be? At a recent discussion hosted by LISC and the Urban Institute, policy experts and community ...