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Beth Zafonte, Director of Economic Development Services at Akerman LLP.

The Opportunity Zone program has proven to be one of the rare instances where investors and communities have spoken and the federal government has listened. All of the stakeholders appear to be on the same page when it comes this economic development program, which aims to direct positive change in the nation’s distressed communities, including those in South Florida. This is most evident in the April 17th second round of proposed rules. Neisen Kasdin, Co-Chair of the Qualified Opportunity Zones Practice at Akerman LLP in Miami and Beth Zafonte, the firm’s Director of Economic Development Services examine some of the highlights that are moving many investors off the sidelines.

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Natalie Dolce, national executive editor of GlobeSt.com, is responsible for working with editorial staff, freelancers and senior management to help plan the overarching vision that encompasses GlobeSt.com, including short-term and long-term goals for the website, how content integrates through the company’s other product lines and the overall quality of content. Previously she served as editor of the West Coast region for GlobeSt.com and Real Estate Forum, and was responsible for coverage of news and information pertaining to that vital real estate region. Prior to moving out to the Southern California office, Natalie was Northeast bureau chief, covering New York City for GlobeSt. Dolce's background includes a stint at InStyle Magazine, and as managing editor with New York Press, an alternative weekly New York City paper. In her career, she has also covered a variety of beats for M magazine, Arthur Frommer's Budget Travel, FashionLedge.com, Co-Ed magazine and the Daily Orange newspaper. Dolce has also freelanced for a number of publications, including MSNBC.com and Museums New York magazine.

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