On Thursday, May 17, 2018, LISC CEO and president Maurice A. Jones testified before the Joint Economic Committee of Congress, urging its members to implement Opportunity Zones in ways that will truly benefit Americans in under invested communities. The policy can spur billions in private investment in the country’s most distressed census tracts and play a major role in closing the opportunity gap, he said. But we need federal tax incentives and other strategies to help the program succeed.
In partnership with the Lincoln Institute of Land Policy, Greater Ohio Policy Center released an online toolkit with resources for practitioners working to revitalize smaller legacy cities.
Learn about how anchor institutions can contribute to their local communities. Experts sum up the three major roles as “Hire, Buy and Live”: Anchors can hire employees from the local community, buy needed goods and services from local small businesses, and develop and preserve real estate in their surrounding neighborhood to create places for local residents and anchor employees to live and shop.
Here are five ways to enliven those empty spaces and add vitality to your neighborhood.
Larisa Ortiz Pu-Folkes, Principal at Larisa Ortiz Associates, led an open conversation on commercial corridor development in Sustainable Communities.View PowerPoint