Alabama Opportunity Zone Forum
May 1, 2019
Opportunity Zones have the potential to reshape and improve many distressed areas of Alabama. Established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 to encourage private investment in rural and low-income areas, Opportunity Zones provide investors with federal tax incentives and communities with private-sector financing to improve communities through targeted economic development.
Join other leaders at Alabama’s first Opportunity Zone Forum on May 1st at Auburn University to learn how they work and how the state is moving forward.
- Date: May 1, 2019 from 8 A.M. to 4 P.M.
- Location: Hotel Conference Center at Auburn University
- Price: $75 Early Bird Registration before April 19th. $95 after April 19th
Who Should Attend:
- Economic Developers
- Community Leaders
- City Council Members
- County Commissioners
|8:00 – 9:00 A.M.||Registration — Networking: Continental Breakfast (Grand Ballroom)|
|9:05 – 9:45 A.M.||Welcome
Dr. Jim Barth, Lowder Eminent Scholar in Finance
Dr. Royrickers Cook, Associate Provost and Vice President for University Outreach
Steve Pelham, Chief of Staff
|9:45 – 10:30 A.M.||Opportunity Zone Nuts and Bolts (Auditorium)
Moderator: Angela Coker, Birmingham Business Journal
Panel: Alex Flachsbart, Opportunity Alabama & Richard Shamos, Sadis & Goldberg
|10:30 – 10:50 A.M.||Break (Grand Ballroom)|
|10:50 A.M. – 12:00 P.M.||Investing in Alabama (Auditorium)
Moderator: Alex Helm, Acumen Capital
Panel: Frank McGrew, McNally Capital; George Buchanan III, Regions Bank; Brandon Seagriff, Gabelli & Partners; Giev Askari, HSBC
|12:00 – 1:00 P.M.||Lunch: Grand Ballroom
Keynote Speaker: Dr. C. Gene Steuerle, Institute Fellow and Richard B. Fisher Chair, The Urban Institute
|1:15 – 2:30 P.M.||Positioning Your Community for Opportunity Zone Development (Auditorium)
Moderator: Alex Flachsbart, Opportunity Alabama
Panel: Rejane Frederick, Center for American Progress; Erin Gillespie, Madison Street; Don Hopper, Anniston/Calhoun County; Fred Rendfrey, Downtown Mobile Alliance
|2:30 – 2:45 P.M.||Break (Grand Ballroom)|
|2:45 – 3:45 P.M.||Latest Developments, Question & Answer Session, and Where Do We go from here? (Auditorium)
Moderator: Paul Marino, Sadis & Goldberg
Panel: Ken Chan, Attorney and Real Estate Developer; Jeff Drinkwater, NES Financial; Craig Mason, RSM; Richard Shamos, Sadis & Goldberg;
|3:45 – 4:00 P.M.||Wrap-up and Call-to-Action (Auditorium)
Call to Action - Outline paths for engagement for communities, project sponsors, investors and third parties
Thanks to Our Sponsors:
We wish to gratefully acknowledge the support of these organizations:
The early registration fee for the Opportunity Zone Forum is $75 if paid before April 19, 2019.
The regular fee for the Opportunity Zone Forum is $95 if paid after April 19, 2019.
Last Updated: April 16, 2019