Lt. Gov. Cyrus Habib and Carpenters.

Last year, my office launched a statewide higher education program to help workers in economically vulnerable industries complete their college degrees. Here’s why:

Mayor Quentin Hart, Waterloo

Recently, someone asked me: “What have you ever done on your own?

At first I got defensive. But as I thought about it, I saw the faces of those who worked beside me, encouraged me, or went before me to make successes possible.

A building in Ledroit Park, one of D.C.'s Opportunity Zone areas, that Fundrise plans to redevelop as part of its new fund (Google Maps)
A few days after the Treasury Department unveiled its proposed guidance for the new Opportunity Zone program, the nonprofit Accelerator for America, led by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, released an urgent reminder to cities and investors looking to capitalize on the program.
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LOS ANGELES -- The Treasury Department today issued long-awaited regulations to guide Opportunity Zone investments. Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Advisory Council Chair of the non-profit Accelerator for America, responded by announcing an effort led by the Accelerator to organize cities across the nation to ensure the benefits of Opportunity Zones benefit underserved communities instead of profiteers.
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There is a lot not to like in the new tax legislation coming down from Washington. But as with any tax bill, there are opportunities to be found. The trouble is, local governments have not been as adept as Fortune 500 companies in combing through complex legislation to identify benefits.

Erie, Pennsylvania

As a lifelong resident and 40-year Banking Professional in the community, I became Mayor of Erie, PA on January 2, 2018. This Bayfront community, nestled in the northwest corner of the Commonwealth, is the fourth largest city in Pennsylvania.

San Francisco From Marin Highlands
Ten months after the federal government created opportunity zones to encourage business creation in low-income areas, California officials are trying to figure out how best to use the new tool.
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SAN FRANCISCO -- Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, Advisory Council Chair of the nonprofit Accelerator for America, was joined by California Treasurer John Chiang, San Francisco Board of Supervisors President Malia Cohen, Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf, and San Jose Mayor Sam Liccardo today to launch the California Opportunity Zone Partnership.

By spurring private development that will buoy the city’s finances and neighborhoods, and tailoring an approach that works for its communities, the city of Baltimore is harnessing the power of the private sector to meet the challenges of infrastructure project financing, historic disinvestment in

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The "Opportunity Zones" provision from the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act offers certain tax incentives for investments in an "economically-distressed community," according to the Internal Revenue Service. The first set of opportunity zones, which covered 18 states, were announced by the Treasury Department in April, creating incentives for people inside and outside of those areas to invest in revitalization efforts.