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

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Opportunity Zones are designed to address economic inequality within a community

/   Anjalee Khemlani, ROI NJ

Booker (D-N.J.) said Opportunity Zones, which are an attempt to tap nearly $6 trillion in unrealized capital, are a new tool in the toolboxes for businesses, which is also creating a moral case for investment in urban and rural areas. “I’m very proud that I’ve given the real practitioners of civic society, not senators or…

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Left Economy, Right Economy

/   Annie Lowrey, The Atlantic

Republicans and Democrats are looking at the same set of facts and suddenly seeing very different things.

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Mapping America’s Most Distressed Areas

/   Keir Clarke, Maps Mania

The Distressed Communities Index ranks the economic well-being of every community in the United States. It uses seven different metrics to assess the economic state of every zip-code area. The 2017 DCI Map allows you to view the well-being score of every zip-code in the United States and to view each of the individual economic…

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Insider Q&A: How to invest in ‘opportunity zones’

Last year’s tax overhaul created a massive new incentive for investing in some of the United States’ poorest neighborhoods. The brand new “opportunity zones” enable private investors to re-invest their profits into businesses that are located in parts of the country that are generally starved from outside investment.

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Editorial: Lessons from Cleveland

Just two years ago, a study from a Washington think tank declared that Cleveland was the most economically-distressed big city in the country. There’s one telling statistic that the Economic Innovation Group pointed to: Fully 23 percent of the adults 25 and older in Cleveland didn’t have a high school diploma. The national average is…

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IN THE ZONE – The Opportunity Zone

/   Brian M. Stephens, Dean Mead

Ask a 6th grade student about the secret to successful real estate investments. The parroted answer might be – “location, location, location”. Ask a seasoned real estate developer the same question. The answer may be similar but with a slight refinement – like “find the right location, at the right time”. Everyone knows that is…

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