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Georgia Opportunity Zones: Driving Peach State Investment (2019)
October 10, 2019
Atlanta, GA


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Join the Georgia Opportunity Zones: Driving Peach State Investment conference, in partnership with GEDA, on October 10, 2019 for a special one-day conference hosted at the offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Atlanta. This event will feature a number of economic development finance experts from around the state discussing Opportunity Zones and the development finance tools, authorities, resources and approaches, and how these can affect the Georgia economy going forward.

Register today to reserve your spot at the Georgia Opportunity Zones: Driving Peach State Investment conference.



Georgia Opportunity Zones: Driving Peach State Investment - Agenda (2019)

Thursday, October 10, 2019

Thu 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Welcoming Remarks & Introduction
The CDFA Georgia Financing Roundtable exists to spread knowledge of best practices within the state’s development finance industry. To kick off the annual CDFA Georgia Financing Roundtable Conference, CDFA and our partners will deliver welcoming remarks.
  • Pearl-Jean Mabe, Director, Research & Technical Assistance, Council of Development Finance Agencies
  • Kevin Shea, President, Georgia Economic Developers Association
Thu 9:15 AM - 10:15 AM
Opportunity Zones Fundamentals & the Latest Updates in Georgia
Industry experts from around the state will discuss the latest development finance legislation and their potential effects on the economic development industry. This session will feature a discussion on the new tax law, its implications on development finance, with a special focus on Opportunity Zones and their potential impact in underserved communities.
Thu 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
Highlighting P3 Projects in Opportunity Zones
Public Private Partnerships are used pervasively in Georgia and been a critical asset to funding necessary infrastructure and transportation improvements. During this session, panelists will examine case studies and explore some targeted tactics for implementing P3 structures to successfully finance a project in Opportunity Zones.
Thu 11:15 AM - 11:30 AM
Networking Break
Thu 11:30 AM - 12:00 PM
Developing a Local Opportunity Zones Strategy
During this session, a panel of experts will walk through best practices in building an asset map and outreach plan when developing your community’s local Opportunity Zone strategy. This plan will also include business development and real estate strategies and outline how to identify potential investors given local opportunities.
  • Grey Dodge, Founding Partner, Madison Street Strategies
  • Edward S. Smith, Opportunity Zones & Special Initiatives Manager, Invest Atlanta
Thu 12:00 PM - 1:30 PM
Luncheon Session: Where are Opportunity Zones? Perspectives from State & Local Agencies
Opportunity Zones have been designated in numerous distressed communities throughout the country. During this session, leaders of state and local agencies will discuss the demographics of their Opportunity Zones and how they are aligning their designations with economic development and financing strategies. Participants will hear from different perspectives, including urban, suburban, and rural, and will learn about how Opportunity Zones strategies are taking shape across the country.
Thu 1:30 PM - 2:30 PM
Using Opportunity Fund Capital with Bonds
During this session, speakers from bond agencies and capital market firms will describe the current bond market in Georgia and explore bond financing case examples which prove their effectiveness in addressing critical infrastructure needs. In addition to infrastructure, bonds should be used to support affordable housing projects and small business development in Opportunity Zones.
Thu 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Opportunity Zones in Conjunction with Tax Allocation Districts
Many Opportunity Zones in Georgia are in locations with outdated and deteriorating infrastructure. With 8.700+ Opportunity Zones around the country, Georgia communities must improve their critical infrastructure assets – transportation, water, energy, and telecommunication – to effectively compete with Zones around the country for equity investments. Participants in this session will learn how tax allocation districts can be used to support Opportunity Zones.
Thu 3:30 PM


The Georgia Opportunity Zones: Driving Peach State Investment conference will take place at the offices of Seyfarth Shaw LLP in Atlanta.

Seyfarth Shaw LLP
1075 Peachtree Street, NE
Suite 2500
Atlanta, GA 30309
Phone: 404-885-1500


Visitor parking is available for a fee on the 5th through 7th floors in the parking deck at 1075 Peachtree Street.
If unable to find parking on these floors, you may proceed to the 12th floor but will need to ask for a visitor’s pass when checking in with Security.


To register for the Georgia Opportunity Zones: Driving Peach State Investment conference, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member.

GEDA members may attend the Georgia Opportunity Zones: Driving Peach State Investment conference using the CDFA member rate. Please indicate that you are a GEDA member in the "Comments/Questions" box during registration.

Scholarships are available to attend this event. Learn more about the CDFA Scholarship Program, and submit your application today.
Standard Rates
CDFA Member: $175
Non-Member: $225


Roundtable Partner

Georgia Economic Developers Association

Venue Sponsor

Seyfarth Shaw LLP

For information about sponsoring the Georgia Opportunity Zones: Driving Peach State Investment conference, review the sponsor prospectus and complete our sponsorship agreement. For questions, please contact CDFA.