On March 18, 2019 we had occasion to attend the Opportunity Zone Investor Summit sponsored by Accelerator for America and Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth; hosted by the Stanford Global Project Center.
You can read about what we learned here.
Peter Hirshberg, Cofounder & Chairman of Maker City, had the occasion to interview Mayor Eric Garcetti (Los Angeles) on this historic occasion, which brought together Mayors from around the United States (by our count there were 20+ different cities and towns represented), with investors, ecosystem builders, and data partners.
Peter has known Bruce Katz since 2015/16 and has long been an admirer of his work as Director of the Brookings Metropolitan Policy Program and more recently as the author of the New Localism and Director of the Nowak Metro Finance Lab at Lindy Institute, Drexel University.
Bruce and Accelerator for America had done a lot of work together in the lead up to the Investor Summit, coaching and encouraging 27+ opportunity zones (“OZ” for short) to put together prospectuses that described what their particular OZ offered to potential investors.