OZ Webinar Series: Understand the Current Environment and Align Place-Based Assets
December 03, 2020 | 1:00 PM - 3:00 PM EST
This webinar walked participants through the first two steps in HUD’s Opportunity Zones (OZs) “Roadmap to Readiness” as detailed in HUD’s OZ Toolkit Volume 1 and Volume 2. This webinar focused on understanding the unique challenges, assets, and opportunities present in their local communities and aligning the local assets and resources to achieve common interests to attract private OZ capital and public investment.
This webinar is part of the Bolstering Growth in OZs Webinar Series, which the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council and HUD hosted for local economic development leaders and stakeholders in communities with designated OZs. This webinar series assisted participants in developing their own action plan to support short- and long-term community objectives for potential investments in OZs. National and local experts provided illustrative examples, tips, and resources focused on:
- Understanding local needs and the current environment
- Aligning place-based assets and resources
- Establishing policy tools and investments
- Partnering with aligned organizations
- Measuring social impact
View all webinars in the Bolstering Growth in OZs Webinar Series.
Participants gained a better understanding of:
- How to use HUD’s OZ Toolkits Volume 1 and Volume 2 as guidance to help support the development of an action plan for their OZs to attract private and public capital
- How OZ private incentives are bolstering economic development in communities
- How OZ public incentives and funding have been leveraged and can be leveraged for local economic development
- How to build local community engagement strategies to ensure equitable outcomes that meet the needs of both the community and its residents
Who Should Attend?
This webinar was intended for local leaders in communities with federally designated OZs, including public officials, community development professionals, nonprofit organizations, civic leaders, and other local economic development stakeholders. Other individuals interested in OZs, including current and potential investors, were encouraged to attend.
- Supplemental Resources and Links
- Volume 1: A Roadmap to Planning for Economic Development within Opportunity Zones
- Volume 2: A Guide to Local Best Practices and Case Studies
- Opportunity Zones page on HUD.gov
U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD)
Tags: CDBG Entitlement CDBG HUD Administered CDBG Insular Areas CDBG State EDI OZ Rural Capacity Building