Opportunity Zones

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SBA Regional Administrator Co-Leads Opportunity Zone Panel

“The SBA has been charged with supporting small businesses in undercapitalized communities, and I’m especially encouraged by this President’s efforts to steer more private sector investment into more than 8,700 of those communities through Opportunity Zones,” Nordberg said.

Missoula Economic Partnership explores socially-minded investment funds for West Broadway Opportunity Zone redevelopment

While MEP works to gather community feedback at home on what type of projects would be valued in the West Broadway corridor, it also has taken to the road in recent months to explore how other communities are putting their opportunity zones to work.

Bozeman developers plan ‘missing middle’ apartments within opportunity zone

Thanks to a federal tax break, the developers now have a national investor to help get that started.

An overview of the final Qualified Opportunity Zones regulations

There are three incentives in the program.

Oregon Could Trim Opportunity Zones Tax Break

The federal opportunity zones program is a double benefit in the state of Oregon, and legislators are wondering if the program is more effective in setting up tax havens than delivering investments in underserved areas.

Treasury’s internal watchdog is probing the Trump administration’s Opportunity Zone program

“It was not the intent of Congress for this tax incentive to be used to enrich political supporters or personal friends of senior administration officials, as recent reports indicate.”

Montana NextGen Project – an analysis of Montana’s economic and community development tools, programs, and funding mechanisms.

Montana needs to do its homework and consider anew what tools and strategies are needed to maximize economic future. Let’s get this work done and then let’s have the conversation about strengthening each of our communities.” Steve Arveschoug, MEDA President and Todd O’Hair, Montana Chamber

New Maps Help Communities and Investors Focus on Opportunities in Rural Areas and Opportunity Zones.

The organization that created the maps says the data visualization tools are designed to help policymakers, investors, funders and local economic developers create jobs and development in rural communities.

Getting Creative with Opportunity Zones

…getting creative when pulling together an economic development deal.

MEP explores creative funding models for housing, retail in Missoula’s opportunity zone

MEP’s top executives recently toured Portland, Redmond, Bend and Hood River to explore how they’re applying regulations adopted by the Trump administration to bring investment to underserved areas