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Weekly show featuring interviews with opportunity zones professionals and experts. If it impacts opportunity zones or the opportunity funds industry, we cover it here.

110 Episodes
What are the strategic advantages to investing in early growth, patent-protected technology companies located in Opportunity Zones? Matt Van Dyke and David Kunz are managing partners at Hall Labs, a Provo, UT-based family office and tech accelerator located in an Opportunity Zone. Transcript and show notes available at
Does the Silicon Valley tech migration create a unique investment case for ground-up development in fast-growing downtown San Jose's Opportunity Zones? Erik Hayden is founder and managing partner at Urban Catalyst, a Silicon Valley-based real estate developer and Opportunity Zone fund manager. Transcript and show notes at
What are some challenges that smaller Opportunity Zone project developers face? And are there benefits to investing in a smaller OZ fund? Garth Everhart is president of The Everhart Company and the developer and promoter of the Ceeley Opportunity Fund, a small, single-asset, project-specific fund located in greater Portland, Oregon. Transcript and show notes at
Why are Opportunity Zones more important now than ever before, and what legislative changes are being considered to improve the impact of the policy initiative? Emily Lavery is a legislative analyst for Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), one of the original co-sponsors of the Opportunity Zones legislation. Transcript and show notes at
Do Opportunity Zones have the potential to create a more optimistic and hopeful outlook, and to help build national recovery and resilience in the wake of the COVID-19 pandemic and economic crisis? On August 5, a live national webinar briefing was hosted by OZ Accelerator, ASTRA, and OpportunityDb. The webinar featured Senator Tim Scott (R-SC), plus expert panelists from Senator Scott's office, Urban Institute, Sorenson Impact Foundation, Emsi, EIG, and SBA. Show notes and transcript at
What are some of the economic advantages of rural multi-asset multifamily and outdoor-focused hospitality Opportunity Zone fund investing? Chris Montgomery and Stephanie Copeland are partners at Four Points Funding, who earlier this year was awarded the Forbes OZ 20 Grand Prize for Top Rural Opportunity Zone Fund Catalyst. Transcript and show notes at
In its early days, how effective has the Opportunity Zone incentive been for equitable development projects? Brett Theodos is senior fellow at the Urban Institute, where he recently co-authored a research report titled, "An Early Assessment of Opportunity Zones for Equitable Development Projects." Transcript and show notes at
What were the biggest highlights from last week's Novogradac Opportunity Zones Virtual Conference? Mike Novogradac is the managing partner of Novogradac, a top 50 accounting firm founded in 1989. John Sciarretti is chair of the Novogradac Opportunity Zones conferences and leader of the Novogradac Opportunity Zones Working Group. Transcript and show notes at
What is conscious capitalism and how can choosing to adhere to this concept create positive social impact in Opportunity Zones? Travis Steffens is founder and CEO of Denver-based R Investments, a real estate firm focused on full cycle wealth generation through planning, development, construction, rehabilitation, leasing, property management, and brokerage.  Transcript and show notes at
How can built-to-own single family rentals be incorporated into an Opportunity Zone investment portfolio? Jeff Pintar is founder and CEO of Pintar Investment Company, a real estate development firm headquartered in San Juan Capistrano, California.  Transcript and show notes at
Could mobile home parks be the perfect (recession-resistant) Opportunity Zone investment? Sam Hales is CEO of Saratoga Group, a real estate investment firm focused on investing in affordable housing, specifically through mobile home communities located in Opportunity Zones. On May 27, he presented his MHP investment thesis to the OpportunityDb network. Transcript and show notes at
Opportunity Zones may just be the perfect vehicle to deliver economic relief to the areas hardest hit by the coronavirus pandemic. How can the incentive be expanded to further catalyze the recovery effort? Blake Christian is a tax CPA for Holthouse Carlin & Van Trigt (HCVT), a regional accounting firm with offices across the western United States.  Transcript and show notes at
What is the state of Opportunity Zones from the perspective of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, now one year into its mission? Scott Turner is executive director of the Council -- a collaboration of 17 Federal agencies and Federal-State partnerships with a mandate to identify and disseminate best practices for utilizing the Opportunity Zones tax incentive and existing Federal resources to stimulate economic growth and revitalization. Transcript and show notes at
Last year, the Opportunity Zone Expo hosted six live, in-person events. But due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, their 2020 conference will be entirely online. Learn how you can still benefit from attending, who you will meet, and how you can save 20 percent on last-minute tickets. Rich Zhang is brand manager for the Opportunity Zone Expo. Transcript and show notes at
On June 4, the IRS issued a new notice that provides a lot of additional coronavirus relief for Opportunity Zone investors and Opportunity Zone funds. Will this relief pose short-term challenges for Opportunity Zone capital raising? And might it cause a tsunami wave of investment toward the end of this year? Transcript and show notes at
During this current economic crisis that has resulted from our response to COVID-19, how can Opportunity Zone funds serve as alternatives for 1031 exchange investors? Erik Hayden is founder of Urban Catalyst, a San Jose-based real estate Opportunity Zone fund focused on ground-up development. Transcript and show notes at
What Opportunity Zone fundraising trends can be gleaned after raising $465 million? And what's next for Opportunity Zones in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic? Nick Parrish is managing director and head of business development at Cresset Partners, a multifamily office that specializes in alternative investments in real estate, private capital, and Opportunity Zones. Their first QOZ fund closed earlier this year after raising $465 million. Transcript and show notes at
In April, the IRS published correcting amendments to the final regulations on Qualified Opportunity Funds. What are the key changes that Opportunity Zone participants need to be aware of? Jessica Millett is partner and chair of Duval & Stachenfeld's tax practice group. Ashley Tison is co-founder at OZ Pros. Transcript and show notes at
The Sacramento Kings ownership group successfully spearheaded downtown Sacramento's revitalization, which by the end of 2018 had resulted in a hugely positive community impact and a downtown job increase of 38 percent. Now can they leverage the Opportunity Zone incentive to replicate this success in similar markets across the country? Alex Bhathal and his family are principal co-owners of the Sacramento Kings NBA franchise and managing partner of RevOZ Capital, an Opportunity Zone fund that focuses on urban core development. Transcript and show notes at
Are you ready to attract investors for your Opportunity Zone deals? Learn how to form an Opportunity Zone fund and raise capital for your OZ deals. Receive valuable information on legal structuring, compiling a pitchbook, and crafting the perfect pitch email. This episode is a condensed version of the audio portion of the webinar, which includes the presentations by Jimmy Atkinson & Ashley Tison (OZ Pros) and Jeffrey Maganis (Crowdcreate), as well as a selection of the Q&A portion. Visit for the complete video version and slide decks.
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