How opportunity zones can expand access to fresh food in America’s food deserts

  • Supermarket investments are difficult and potentially more risky in lower income areas than the tony areas of many cities or suburban communities. Perhaps the opportunity zone tax advantage could both mitigate that risk and meet the objectives of the Act’s framers.

Private debt investors look for impact – to reduce risk and lower costs

  • While some private debt investors should come for the impact opportunity –expanding access to finance to small and midsize U.S. companies, U.S. job creation, (opportunity zones?), etc, they should stay for the risk mitigation, lower costs, potential to grow their assets.

Six ways to attract capital and shape the future of opportunity zone investing

  • Interest in opportunity zones is abundant. Information is not. That’s why 200 investors, local leaders and policymakers from more than 40 states turned up at Georgetown last week for an opportunity zone pow-wow.

Foundations collaborate on catalytic financing to accelerate climate action

  • Climate change entrepreneurs and fund managers are developing innovative solutions to worldwide challenges.
  • To amplify and speed financing for such efforts, the David and Lucile Packard Foundation and the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation are working to form coalitions of philanthropic investors focused on high-leverage issues like sustainable land use, energy efficiency and renewable energy.