Opportunity Zones (OZs) have been a hot topic for economic developers and investors across the country. As the largest federal economic development investment in over a decade, OZs originally excited economic developers because of their promise to deliver community benefits, but as the market has unfolded, OZs have instead been met with criticism. Shifting the narrative to focus on both economic growth and community inclusion is an important step to ensure that OZs deliver on their potential and promise to strengthen the country’s disadvantaged communities.
The International Economic Development Council’s (IEDC) Certified Economic Developer (CEcD) program is the leading industry designation for demonstrating comprehensive mastery of the field. As Ashton Allison completed his first recertification, he was reminded of a few tips that helped him along the way.