01/11/19 @ – America/New York Timezone
The Power Center at Duquesne University
600 Forbes Ave
PA 15282

The Opportunity Zone Association of America (OZAA) is hosting Pittsburgh’s first OZ Catalyst Event at Duquesne University this November. We invite participants to learn more about opportunity zones and explore the region-specific opportunities that await communities, businesses, and investors alike.

Join us as we navigate through the following:

  • Learn about OZAA & how it can positively impact the region
  • Identify and hear from viable OZs in Pittsburgh
  • Listen to expert insights from national authorities & policy makers
  • Discover how OZs have improved communities nationally

Limited space is available. Register today!

What Are Opportunity Zones?

Opportunity zones can bring economic revitalization to distressed communities across the country. The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act prompted state governments to designate their opportunity zones. Once those designations were approved by federal government, investors nationwide could begin leveraging the portions of Tax Cut and Jobs Act that encourage significant investment in any opportunity zone.

The Opportunity Zone Program can become one of the nation’s greatest economic development tools–incentivizing and facilitating meaningful investments in communities that need it most. The establishment of new businesses stimulates community growth and health, particularly when local stakeholders get involved.

Developers, investors, government representatives, and community advocates play a key role in identifying strategic plans for developing these opportunity zones. As a result, the community flourishes and grows in a more deliberate, coordinated way.

Sponsorship opportunities available! Contact us for more information.

Reserve your hotel room NOW using the OZAA special pricing link with a rate of $169/per night, single/double occupancy.

*Note: the purchase of one ticket gives you access to the complete conference.

OZAA Pittsburgh Agenda

November 1

8:00 – 8:45 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:05 am

  • Aaron Grau, Executive Director of the Opportunity Zone Association of America

9:05 – 9:30 am
Morning Keynote

  • Keynote Introduction:  Rich Fitzgerald, County Executive, Allegheny County

  • Keynote: Dr. John Fleming, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the Economic Development Agency, US Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration

9:45 – 10:45 am
Panel Discussion: Public-Private Partnerships Pittsburgh Priorities & Anchor Institutions

This panel will discuss the necessary interaction between the public and private sectors, including a community’s anchor institutions, to successfully develop opportunity zones in the best interests of neighborhoods AND investors.

  • Panel Introduction: David Serafini, PNC

  • Bill Generett, Vice President for Public Outreach, Duquesne University

  • Lance Chimka, Director of Economic Development, Allegheny County

  • John Persinger, Chief Executive Officer, Erie Downtown Development Corporation

  • Kevin Progar, Program Manager, UPMC

  • Brandon Mendoza, Executive Director, NAIOP-Pittsburgh

10:45 – 11:45 am
Panel Discussion: OZAA Technicians & Solving Pittsburgh Problems

This panel will evaluate several hypothetical scenarios based on actual challenges facing the Pittsburgh opportunity zones.  The panelists will dissect the scenarios and provide their best professional/technical guidance as to how to make each one successful.

  • Panel Introduction: Presley Gillespie, Neighborhood Allies

  • Jill Homan, President, Javelin 19 Instruments

  • Steve Friedman, Director, Cohn Reznick

  • Josh Lavrinc, Partner, Callay Capital, LLC

  • Marc Schultz, Snell & Wilmer

11:45 am – 1:00 pm
Lunch and Afternoon Keynote

Deputy Secretary’s remarks will focus on her meetings at Hazelwood Green.

  • Keynote Introduction:  Jimmy Flores, Qualytics

  • Karen Dunn Kelley, Deputy Secretary, US Department of Commerce

1:15 – 2:30 pm
Panel Discussion:  Qualified Opportunity Funds & Pittsburgh Strategies

This panel will explore best practices and successful outcomes from the investor and qualified opportunity fund perspective.  What are funds looking for? How are funds different from one another? What creative strategies may a fund employ to successfully and meaningfully execute an OZ project?

  • Panel Introduction: Mekeal Treshome, FED Pittsburgh Branch

  • Kyle Walker, Managing Partner, Agora Alt X

  • David Serafini, Senior Vice President Market Manager, PNC Bank

  • Jide Famuagun, President, Alpha Capital Partners

  • Scott Shalett, Strategic Growth and Civic Engagement, Launch Pad Founder, OZ Guide
  • Jonathan Tower, Vice President, Arctaris Impact Fund

2:30 – 3:30 pm
Fireside Chat Focused on Community Best Practices & Success

The final panel of the day is a “Fireside Chat” with one of the country’s leading opportunity zone thought leaders. Officer for “Invest Atlanta.” His conversation with OZAA Board Chairman, Kyle Walker, will reemphasize and bring the day full circle to a more in-depth conversation of the necessary interaction between the public and private sectors. Mr. Smith will share his views about what is driving Atlanta’s success and the demand for economic mobility and equitable outcomes.

  • Panel Introduction:  Jide Famuagun, Alpha Capital Partners
  • Kyle Walker, Managing Partner, Agora Alt X
  • Ed Smith, Chief Opportunity Zone Officer, Invest Atlanta

3:30 – 4:00pm
Closing Remarks

  • Mick Cornett, Former President, National Conference of Mayors

4:15 – 6:00 pm
Networking & Reception

*DISCLAIMER: Some items subject to change. Check back for updates.


Are you a Community Leader Representing a Pittsburgh OZ?

OZAA is hosting a pre-conference session on October 31 specific to community leaders throughout Pittsburgh. We will educate you on the details you need to know about Opportunity Zones, including what they are, what they mean for your community, and how you can take advantage. This session will help you identify your community challenges and assets important to developing deals. Attend our Community Workshop pre-conference. Meet local leaders, and industry experts.

Register for the workshop seprarately online at: pghworkshop.ozaa.org.

Not sure if you represent an OZ? Check out the OZAA map of Opportunity Zones.



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