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Florida Opportunity Zones Conference
December 18-19, 2018
Orlando, FL


Florida Opportunity Zones Conference
in conjunction with


The Opportunity Zones program, created in the federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, is a new tool that provides tax incentives for investments in low-income communities all across the country

CDFA, the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity and the Florida Chamber Foundation are bringing together the most up-to-date, innovative thinking about how to maximize the positive impact of Opportunity Zones for a December 18-19 conference in Orlando. Join nationally recognized speakers who are experts in Opportunity Zones funding and guidance, Florida civic and business leaders who will be spearheading the effort to draw investment to the state and local communities and developers who have projects already underway. The event will take place at the University of Central Florida campus, and space is limited—register early to secure your seat!

Once you’ve registered, learn more about Opportunity Zones on CDFA's Opportunity Zones Resource Center and the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity's Opportunity Zones Information Page.


2018 Florida Opportunity Zones Conference Agenda

Tuesday, December 18, 2018

Tue 8:00 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration Opens
Tue 9:00 AM - 9:30 AM
  • Cissy Proctor, Executive Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
Tue 9:30 AM - 10:30 AM
The Latest on Opportunity Zones in Florida
  • Grey Dodge, Policy Director, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Erin Gillespie, Deputy Chief of Staff, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Tue 10:30 AM - 10:45 AM
Networking Break
Tue 10:45 AM - 12:00 PM
Developing a Local Opportunity Zones Strategy
  • James Carras, Principal, Carras Community Investment, Inc.
  • Clarence E. Woods, CRA Manager, City of Fort Lauderdale Community Redevelopment Agency
Tue 12:00 PM - 1:00 PM
Lunch & Featured Speakers
Tue 1:00 PM - 2:15 PM
Understanding Rules & Regulations for Opportunity Funds
Tue 2:15 PM - 2:30 PM
Networking Break
Tue 2:30 PM - 3:30 PM
Using Opportunity Fund Capital with other Development Finance Tools
Tue 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
Who are Opportunity Fund Investors?
Tue 4:30 PM - 6:00 PM

Wednesday, December 19, 2018

Wed 8:30 AM - 9:00 AM
Registration Opens
Wed 9:00 AM - 9:15 AM
Welcome & Revisiting Day 1
  • Tony Carvajal, Executive Vice President, Florida Chamber Foundation
  • Katie Kramer, Vice President, Council of Development Finance Agencies
Wed 9:15 AM - 10:00 AM
Investing in Florida's Opportunity Zones
Wed 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM
Highlighting Florida Projects in Opportunity Zones
Featuring recently financed projects using Opportunity Fund Capital, including: Water Street Tampa; Little River Project; Lift Orlando, a Purpose Build Community.
Wed 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM
Opportunity Zones and Disaster Recovery
  • Gladys Cook, Disaster Housing Recovery Director, Florida Housing Coalition
  • Erin Gillespie, Deputy Chief of Staff, Florida Department of Economic Opportunity
  • Howard Smith, Distinguished Corporate Fellow, Global Resilience Institute
  • Robert Weissert, Executive Vice President, Florida Tax Watch, Inc.
Wed 12:00 PM - 12:00 PM


The Florida Opportunity Zones Conference will take place at University of Central Florida on December 18-19, 2018.

University of Central Florida
Student Union
Pegasus Ballroom, 1st Floor
12715 Pegasus Drive
Orlando, FL 32816

Recommended parking is available in Parking Garage D, accessible via E Plaza Dr and N Orion Blvd.


To register for the Florida Opportunity Zones Conference, click on the Register button below. Registration rates vary depending on whether or not you are a CDFA member.

If you are part of a local government or a non-profit, you are eligible for the CDFA Member Rate. Please choose "member" when filling out the registration form.

Registration Rates:
CDFA Member, Local Governments, Non-Profits: $75
Non-Members: $100


For information about sponsoring the Florida Opportunity Zones Conference, review the sponsor prospectus and email your interest and questions to Kimberly Deardurff.