Vol.2019 No.10 - April 23 Opportunity Zone Followup


 
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Thank you so much to all who were able to join us at our Opportunity Knocks event on April 15th! Whether in person or via live-stream, all left the discussion better informed on the nature of opportunity zones and the potential impact they can have on our communities. Take a moment to let us know how we did to ensure successful future programming.

We are especially grateful to Oscar Perry Abello, Senior Economics Correspondent at Next City who gave an introduction to opportunity zones; Rep. Chynah Tyler, who discussed the potential impact of opportunity zones on her district -- Roxbury and Dorchester -- as well as legislation she introduced to include community in the conversation; Steve Grossman, CEO of Initiative for a Competitive Inner City (ICIC), who shared the group's recommendations on how to make opportunity zones work for the community; and Darnell Johnson, Regional Coordinator for Right to the City Boston, who discussed his organizations' campaign to prevent gentrification and increase the availability of affordable housing.

BECMA, our partners at the Boston Ujima Project, and our event sponsor, LISC Boston, sought to convene all stakeholders - residents, community organizations, developers, elected officials, and investors - to begin the process of creating standards that will guide the development process in each designated opportunity zone. This was just the first of those conversations. 
Please stay tuned for our announcement of upcoming discussions in a neighborhood near you!

You will find below materials from our discussion, as well as information on who helped to make the evening a true success. You can also find presentations, materials, and photos from the event on our website.

Be sure to reach out with any questions or concerns regarding this event.


  Sincerely,

  Segun Idowu
  Executive Director

 

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We are partnering with Sustainable Business Network of Massachusetts (SBN) this year for their 30th Annual Conference. The event invites businesses, community leaders, and nonprofit organizations to share ideas and make plans for how we can take the next concrete steps to create a more just and sustainable Massachusetts. This year's theme is Building a Local, Green, and Fair Economy Now! The Conference includes keynote speakers, breakout sessions, catered lunch, and a tour of one of the greenest buildings in MA. Click for more details.
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