Opportunity Zones

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Five Years Later: What Have Opportunity Zones Accomplished?

Two recent studies are among the first to attempt a comprehensive account of the effects of the Investing in Opportunity Program, one of the signature place-based policies of the Trump era.

This Ponzi Scheme Might END Suburban Prosperity

The Growth Ponzi Scheme is not nefarious; there is not a specific individual or group that has created it for their own benefit. It has emerged from a broad cultural consensus about economic growth, development patterns, and debt. So what can you do?

A New Playbook Looks To Help Rural Communities Utilize Opportunity Zones

The blueprint provides a six-step process to attract capital to rural communities.

Some Bozeman landlords (no kidding) putting community before raising rents

With the rental marketing tightening, a handful of landlords are forging higher prices in hopes of preserving small-town culture.

REGISTER NOW: MidYear Bureau of Business and Economic Research Economic Update – Coming to 7 Montana Cities This Summer!

This year’s program will have a special focus on the supply chain disruptions that have impacted just about every business in the state. We’ll be joined by University of Montana Wilson Logistics Faculty Fellow Dr. Simona Stan who will present her assessment of how, and how much longer, these disruptions came about.

Tax break for the rich: How investors exploit opportunity zones

Opportunity zones were supposed to encourage investment in low-income communities. But billionaires are building luxury hotels and high-rises, instead.

Great Falls Development Authority study highlights industries most impacted by coronavirus

Labor market consultant company Chmura put together an analysis of the local economy over the last two years and found that the industries most disproportionately impacted depended on the frequency of in-person interaction, like hospitality, food service and healthcare. 

Urban Villages: The Key to Sustainable Community Economic Development

Compact, walkable urban villages support sustainable economic development by reducing transportation costs, leaving residents with more money to spend on local goods, and by creating more efficient and attractive commercial districts.

How Opportunity Zones Launched a ‘Gold Rush’ for Wealthy Investors

The place-based tax break program launched in 2017 as a means of revitalizing impoverished local economies. That’s not what happened, says author David Wessel. 

The Montana Investment Portal on the Opportunity Exchange

The Montana Investment Portal connects business, land and commercial real-estate projects throughout Montana to a network of over 1,800 potential investors. Contact the Montana Department of Commerce at 406.841.2032 if you have a project to include.