DECD: Encouraging Investment in Opportunity Zones

Best Practices for Encouraging Investment in Opportunity Zones to Advance Community Priorities.

About this Event

Join us to hear innovative strategies and best practices for aligning investments with community priorities and encouraging investment in your community's Opportunity Zones.

The Opportunity Zone program provides a tremendous opportunity to help under-served communities and offers a path for taxable investors to capture tax-advantaged returns.

Our goal is to inform economic development professionals about best practices and resources for preparing and presenting priority projects in Opportunity Zone to potential investors / developers.


Learn about:

  • The Opportunity Zone Program in Connecticut
  • Specific tools that local EDAs use to attract capital into community priority projects (especially at the pre-development stage).
  • What investors and lenders look for when they consider projects, and how communities can reduce risk.


Who should attend:

  • Economic Development Professionals
  • Policymakers & Community Leaders


Agenda & Speakers:

— An Overview of the Opportunity Zone Program in Connecticut

Alexandra Daum, Deputy Commissioner and Chief Investment Officer, DECD, State of Connecticut

— Non Profit Perspective

Matt Horton, Director, Milken Institute

— Federal Perspective

Erich Yost, Management Analyst (Community Initiatives), U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development in the Office of Field Policy and Management in the Los Angeles Field Office

— The Large Fund Investor Perspective

Sheldon Powell, Vice President of Development and Partnerships, Sola Impact

— The Large Lender Perspective

Alex King, Director, Asset Management, Nuveen

— Economic Development Organization Perspective

Gil Keinan, Managing Director, Local Equity

— Discussion & Final Thoughts

• Bring your questions!

Presented by:

The Department of Economic & Community Development, Opportunity Zone Program, State of Connecticut