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You probably don’t spend your days thinking about Opportunity Zones, but this podcast makes it clear why we should all be paying attention. In short: Opportunity Zones are low-income communities nominated by state governors and backed by the US Department of Treasury. The 2017 tax overhaul established the Opportunity Zone program and created tax incentives for investors to inject capital into these zones by financing new projects (think: real estate and other new businesses).
In a recent episode of Exchanges at Goldman Sachs, Margaret Anadu, head of Goldman Sachs Urban Investment Group, outlines the details of the program, how the tax incentives work and what it means for investors.
From Anadu’s perspective, “I think we’re having this really important national conversation today about income inequality and the haves and the have-nots, and there are views on all sides. But I think one thing we can all agree on is that everyone should have the opportunity to grow and succeed...And there's no way we’re going to change the situation in low-income communities and bring back all of that opportunity without the investment in private capital.”
You’ll need to listen to the full episode to understand the complexity of the program – and the broader issues at play – but for now, here are six figures that stood out.
Note: all figures below are taken from when this podcast was originally published on May 22, 2019.
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