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When: 09/18/2019
12:00 PM
Where: Minneapolis Marriot NW
7025 Northland Dr N
Brooklyn Park, Minnesota  55428
United States

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12:00NOON Registration Opens

12:45PM Welcome & Opening Remarks with the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative’s Elissa Hansen, Northspan, and Lynne Osterman, Community Exchange

Ryan Johnson, Senior Impact Analyst, Strategic Investments, LISC, Ryan has spent a majority of his career in the real estate private equity industry. As an investor he has been responsible for over a 100 real estate transactions which include mixed-use, multifamily, commercial, retail & industrial properties across major and secondary United States markets.

Joe Galvan, HUD Midwest Regional Administrator, White House Opportunity & Revitalization Council Representative

1:05PM Duluth Case Study: Pam Kramer, Duluth LISC, Jason Hale, City of Duluth Economic Development Authority, & Elissa Hansen, Northspan

Moderated by Mark Danielson, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

1:30PM Session One

Critical Community Leadership: Thought Leaders Panel moderated by Justin Erickson, Community Venture Network

Thought leaders will reflect on how their particular roles are impacting Opportunity Zone activities within their respective spheres of influence and how they work together. Panelists include:

  • Katie Heppner, The Economic Alliance
  • Jordan Zeller, East Central Regional Development Commission
  • Jessica Deegan, MN Housing
  • Meredith Udoibok, MN Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Julianne Leerssen, City of Minneapolis | NEON in North Minneapolis
  • Nicole Ruhof, Benton County Public Health
  • Laura Malwitz, Siemens Industry, Inc.
  • Matt Durand, Owatonna Forward
  • Peter McLaughlin, LISC Twin Cities
  • JooHee Pomplun, The Alliance Minneapolis

2:30PM Ice Cream Break

3:00PM Session Two

Hands-On Workshop Case Studies: An interactive session that allows attendees to work through operating business and real estate development (housing and mixed-use) case studies, complete with input from a range of experts in accounting, finance, legal, and community advocacy to understand how to put the incentive to work.

4:30PM Session Three

MN Opportunity Zone Challenge LIVE Pitches: The finalists in the Minnesota Opportunity Zone Challenge will pitch their projects and judges will announce the winners at the end of the formal program.

  • Village North Project, Grand Marais, MN
  • Clock Tower Redevelopment Project, Granite Falls, MN
  • Minnesota Avenue Housing Project, Aitkin, MN
  • Normandale Mobile Home Park, Redwood Falls, MN
  • Board of Trade, Duluth, MN
  • Brooklyns Building, Brooklyn Center, MN

Semifinalists PechaKucha’s

5:15PM National Reflections 

Rachel Reilly*, Economic Innovation Group EIG was at the table when the Investing in Opportunities Act was crafted. Rachel will share how other states are advancing their opportunity zones!

5:35PM MN Opportunity Zone Challenge Winners Awarded

5:40PM Reception with Snacks & Cash Bar

7:00PM Summit Concludes

*The Summit’s keynote speaker, Rachel Reilly of Economic Innovation Group (EIG), will share a national perspective on opportunity zones. Rachel serves as EIG’s Director of Impact Strategy and leads the organization’s work to support communities, policymakers and investors in their efforts to catalyze sustainable economic growth across the country through Opportunity Zones and other forward-thinking initiatives. EIG recently created a national cohort of thought leaders and influencers across the opportunity zone ecosystem and Rachel facilitates cohort communications and interactions; MN Opportunity Collaborative is a charter member of this cohort. Previously, Rachel was the Director of Impact Investing at Enterprise Community Partners where she expanded community investment opportunities for people and businesses. Rachel was at the helm of Enterprise’s engagement with Opportunity Zones, and her portfolio of work included leading Enterprise’s $100 million debt offering – the Impact Note – in addition to policy and advocacy activities related to impact investing. Learn more about EIG & Rachel here:

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