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  • Environmental Justice and Opportunity Zones: Making Magic and Overcoming Myths

    Thursday, December 12, 02:15 pm - 03:15 pm
    406 A/B
    Roundtable Reviews
    Track 4: Community Engagement and Environmental Justice
    Opportunity zones (OZs) are hailed by some as a new powerful economic development tax incentive designed to encourage long-term private capital investment in America’s low-income communities. Others scream gentrification and environmental injustice. Reality is in the face of the beholder—low income and minority communities living in designated opportunity zones who are overburdened with pollution and lacking access to essential services. Harvesting lessons from brownfields revitalization- which encountered and corrected the same charges in its early days- this session will drill down on cross section transactions involving OZs, brownfields and environmental justice. Leaders in brownfields redevelopment, environmental justice, and community economic revitalization will catalyze audience brainstorming on how to overcome the myths and help OZs advance the triple bottom line in low income communities who are also confronting pollution, disease, poverty and crime. To realize the magic of OZs, the presenters and audience will explore public/private partnership examples, produce promising practices on how developers and investors can best identify and engage environmental justice communities; identify other federal, private sector and philanthropic programs, incentives and resources that can be leveraged with OZs; and describe how to avoid gentrification and advance equitable development by collaborating with low income and minority communities.
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