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The Promise of Opportunity Zones

TESTIMONY BEFORE THE JOINT ECONOMIC COMMITTEE OF THE UNITED STATES CONGRESS  JOHN W. LETTIERI, CO-FOUNDER AND PRESIDENT, ECONOMIC INNOVATION GROUP  “The Promise of Opportunity Zones” May 17, 2018   Introduction Chairman Paulsen, Ranking Member Heinrich, and members of the committee: it is a pleasure to be with you today. I am the Co-founder and President of the…

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IRS Releases Opportunity Fund Certification Update

Yesterday, the IRS provided new clarity on the process for obtaining Opportunity Fund certification: To become a Qualified Opportunity Fund, an eligible taxpayer self certifies.  (Thus, no approval or action by the IRS is required.)  To self-certify, a taxpayer merely completes a form (which will be released in the summer of 2018) and attaches that…

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Opportunity Zones: Tapping into a $6 Trillion Market

Today, states will begin asking the Treasury Department to bless their chosen low-income community census tracts as Opportunity Zones. We anticipate that about half of the states will submit their zone nominations by the March 21st deadline, and half will opt for the 30-day extension to April 20th. By early summer, the country’s map of…

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Celebrating Startups Across America: Startup Day 2017

Since our founding, America has been continuously reshaped by entrepreneurs working to advance their ideas into realities. These innovators gave us the lightbulb, the ability to travel through air and space, and the personal computer to name a few. Our shared history of entrepreneurship has, in many ways, defined our country and the American Dream….

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Nationwide Decline of Economic Dynamism Demonstrated in New Interactive Tool

The most dynamic state today scores like one of the least dynamic states from two decades ago Recently, EIG released our Index of State Dynamism (ISD), a new way of measuring and analyzing the long-term decline in economic dynamism across the United States. The Index allows you to view and compare changes at the state,…

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