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"As we set up [a] land bank, we are also working to overhaul the City’s existing anti-blight ordinance and create and refine other tools for addressing problem properties. It was incredibly helpful for the team not only to hear an overview of what exactly a land bank is but also to hear how it works with other systems and tools to address vacant, abandoned, tax-delinquent, and foreclosed properties. "

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Cornerstone Webinars


The Cornerstone Webinar Series is a FREE monthly lunchtime webinar series that equips participants with the building blocks to understand and solve tough challenges related to property vacancy, abandonment, and deterioration. These hour-long webinars offer participants the ability to learn about topics and tools related to revitalization with field experts. Webinars take place from 12:00-1:00pm EDT on the fourth Thursday of each month. Please check below for upcoming Cornerstones:

 

September 2018


Opportunity Zones: Exploring their Potential to Drive Long-Term Revitalization Capital to Distressed Communities

September 27, 2018 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm EDT: Click here to register 

Credit: Downtown Louisville, Kentucky. Ken Lund

Created as part of 2017 federal tax reform, the new Opportunity Zones program is designed to drive long-term capital to distressed communities by providing tax benefits for investments in Opportunity Funds. Its massive scale and flexible design has the potential to dramatically shift the status quo in communities that struggle to attract capital but, at the same time, many questions remain about whether the program has sufficient protections in place to ensure that funds truly flow to the communities most in need. Join this webinar for a high-level overview of what Opportunity Zones are, how the program is structured, and a sense of the anticipated benefits and potential pitfalls as this enormous new mechanism for neighborhood revitalization gets underway.

Presenter: Rachel Reilly, Director of Impact Investing, Enterprise Community Partners

 

If you have any questions or topic suggestions for Cornerstone webinars, we want to hear them! Please contact Christina Carter at ccarter@communityprogress.net.