2020 has been quite the year for Opportunity Zones – particularly here in Alabama. Join us on Wednesday, December 16th at 12 CT to learn more about:
- The latest on investment and programmatic activity in Alabama’s Opportunity Zones, including an exciting new partnership between OPAL and Blueprint Local
- Regulatory changes and deadline updates for the program (caused by COVID-19)
- Anticipated updates and changes to Opportunity Zones under a Biden Administration
- The future of the incentive in 2021 and beyond
Who Should Attend:
- Potential investors with eligible gain events from 2019 or 2020
- Professionals (accountants / attorneys) looking for the latest program updates and a forecast of future changes
- Project sponsors / others working on potential OZ projects
- Foundations and other impact-oriented community groups
Discussion speakers include:
Alex Flachsbart, Founder and CEO of Opportunity Alabama
Over the last two years, Opportunity Alabama has built a first-of-its-kind, nationally recognized impact-oriented investment ecosystem for Alabama’s Opportunity Zones (and won an award from Forbes in the process). That includes hundreds of potential CRE investments sourced across the state, dozens of introductions made, and over $125 million in new projects closed thanks to our technical assistance. Alex is a former attorney and has been recognized as one of the leading experts on Opportunity Zones in the U.S.
Ross Baird, CEO and Founder of Blueprint Local
Blueprint is one of the most active OZ investors in the country and was named by Forbes as a top 10 Opportunity Zone fund. Ross has led more than 100 investments (at more than $100M in total raised and deployed) over the past decade in distressed communities through the founding of Village Capital and Blueprint, built a financially successful and diverse portfolio, and helped create Opportunity Zone legislation.
Catherine Lyons, Director of Policy at Economic Innovation Group
Catherine serves as Director of Policy for the Economic Innovation Group, the research and policy advocacy group in Washington D.C. that drove the creation of Opportunity Zones. In her role at EIG, Catherine works every day with the policymakers responsible for crafting the future of OZs. Prior to joining EIG, she was a director at FWD.us, a bipartisan advocacy organization focused on immigration reform, and led housing and community development policy work for the Bay Area Council. She holds degrees from the University of Southern California and Georgetown.
Moderator: Lindsay Edwards, Investment Manager – Alabama (Blueprint + OPAL Collaborative)
Lindsay is an Investment Manager working with Blueprint Local and Opportunity Alabama to provide diligence and underwriting services for potential impact-oriented investment opportunities across the state of Alabama. Lindsay has over a decade of experience in investment banking (at Goldman Sachs in New York) and private banking (at JP Morgan in Atlanta), private equity investment (at Chesapeake Capital), and entrepreneurship (at a medical accounts receivable financing firm). A native of Montgomery, Lindsay is a dual-degree graduate of both Morehouse College and Columbia University, and received his MBA from The Goizueta Business School at Emory University.