Policy Issues

Industry Coalition Urges Congress to Consider Opportunity Zone Rule Changes to Spur Investment in Hard-Hit Communities

May 14, 2020

An 11-member industry coalition, including The Real Estate Roundtable, urged Members of Congress on May 14 to consider Opportunity Zones (OZ) rule changes that could spur investment, promote capital formation and bolster job growth in economically disadvantaged  communities impacted by the coronavirus pandemic.   (Coalition Letter, May 14)

Opportunity Zones seek to stimulate jobs and growth where they are most needed by encouraging taxpayers to make long-term, patient investments in targeted, low-income communities.  On Thursday, Federal Reserve Chairman Powell reported that “among people who were working in February, almost 40 percent of those in households making less than $40,000 a year had lost a job in March.” (Chairman’s Prepared Remarks, May 13).

The coalition letter asks Congress to make three critical improvements to the Opportunity Zones incentives ...

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