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NEWARK, NJ—The Rockefeller Foundation has announced a $5.5 million initiative to help US cities attract private investment in their Opportunity Zones. This effort targets the more than 30 million low-income Americans living in Opportunity Zones.
“Opportunity Zones have the potential to unlock billions of dollars in innovative job creation and community infrastructure private investment in cities, lifting up Americans who most need this support and preventing their displacement by irresponsible development,” said Rajiv J. Shah, president of The Rockefeller Foundation. “Philanthropy has an important role to play in ensuring Opportunity Zones improve the lives of the residents in distressed communities.”
The initiative will provide six cities with financial and human resources support for two years. This support includes funding for and designation of a Chief Opportunity Zone Officer, who will be embedded in city government or a city economic development agency. It also includes funding for two community engagement specialists to facilitate community engagement and involvement in the proposed Opportunity Zone projects and businesses. In addition, each city will also receive two years of support from a national Opportunity Zone Technical Assistance team to compile and leverage local, state, and federal incentives, and help structure and support deals.
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Erika Morphy has been writing about commercial real estate at GlobeSt.com for more than ten years, covering the capital markets, the Mid-Atlantic region and national topics. She's a nerd so favorite examples of the former include accounting standards, Basel III and what Congress is brewing.
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