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Tucked Into the Tax Bill, a Plan to Help Distressed America

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Trump boosts federal resources to Opportunity Zones, as real estate investors keep pouring in

/   Keith Larson, The Real Deal

The president signed an executive order that creates a task force to help businesses, and local and state governments in low-income areas that comprise the thousands of zones nationwide

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Trump Signs Order to Boost Investment in Opportunity Zones

/   Emel Akan, The Epoch Times

President Donald Trump is creating a White House council to manage the so-called opportunity zones, a program designed to bring jobs and investments to low-income communities nationwide, as part of an incentive in the tax reform package.

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Trump to Steer More Money to ‘Opportunity Zones’

/   Jim Tankersley, New York Times

President Trump directed federal agencies on Wednesday to steer spending toward certain distressed communities across the country — part of his administration’s push to turn a tax break included in last year’s $1.5 trillion tax package into a broader effort to combat poverty and geographic inequality.

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WHAT ARE THE OPPORTUNITIES FOR OPPORTUNITY ZONES?

/   Erin Robert, JP Morgan Chase

It’s not often a policy spurs equal interest and excitement across the public, private and non-profit sectors. But the Opportunity Zone program does just that.

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The Geography of America’s Distressed Communities

/   Nick Routley, Visual Capitalist

Despite a recent slump in the markets, the U.S. economy is still putting up strong numbers.

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America’s BIG problem

/   Mike Allen, Axios

The big and powerful are getting bigger and more powerful — and the clear and dominant winners are big cities.

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