Opportunity Zones

Preservation & Opportunity Zones

Authorized in the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Opportunity Zones present both the promise of new investment for historic buildings in distressed communities, and the risk associated with a valuable and uncapped federal incentive that does not attempt to steer investment away from demolition of historic resources. What role historic preservation plays in Opportunity Zones depends on the applicability of incentives, and the degree that they help level the playing field between rehabilitation and new construction, as well as the ability of local, state, and federal decision makers to guide investment in a way that preserves community character.  Below is an aggregation of resources to  prepare communities to channel private investment to create economic opportunity, enhance community assets, and improve quality of life for their residents.

Recent Opportunity Zones Legislation

On November 6th Senator Wyden introduced S. 2787 - the Opportunity Zone Reporting & Reform Act. Read the full bill and a summary from Novogradac. 

Read the Bill 


Stay Connected on Opportunity Zones

Every day brings new information on Opportunity Zones.  As articles and information become available you can find this information on Forum Connect. Have something to share? Drop it into the discussion! 

Webinar and Presentations

On March 30, the Main Street America and the Economic Innovation Group are hosting a webinar about emerging strategies for Main Street revitalization and business growth in Opportunity Zones. Click the link below to register. 

Register for Main Street America Webinar 

Additional Webinars

Conference Presentation: Historic Preservation: At the Crossroads (October 2019)
Webinar: Opportunity Zones and the Preservation Community (January 2019)