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City of Miami Opportunity Zone Summit (Day 1) hosted by Mayor Suarez

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James L. Knight Center

400 Southeast 2nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33131

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Miami Mayor Francis X. Suarez will host an unprecedented 2-day Opportunity Zone Summit on Friday, September 27, 2019 and Saturday, September 28, 2019. Notable federal partners that will be in attendance include: Honorable Dr. Benjamin S. Carson, Sr., Secretary, U.S. Housing & Urban Development; Mr. Chris Pilkerton, Acting Administrator, Small Business Administration of the United States; Dr. John C. Fleming, U.S. Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Economic Development; and, Mr. Scott Turner, Executive Director, White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council.


Agenda September 27, 2019

12:30 PM Pre-Registration Check-In and Walk-In Registration

2:00 PM Welcome & Acknowledgements

  • Mayor Francis X. Suarez

2:10 PM Greetings

  • Honorable Dr. Benjamin (Ben) S. Carson, Sr., Secretary, Housing & Urban Development;
  • Mr. Chris Pilkerton, Acting Administrator, Small Business Administration of the United States;
  • Dr. John C. Fleming, Assistant Secretary of Commerce, Economic Development Administration; and
  • Mr. Scott Turner, Executive Director, White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council.

2:40 PM Moderator & Program Overview*

  • Mr. Keith A. Carswell, MBA, Advisor to the Mayor of Miami – Economic Development & Resiliency.

2:45 PM Regulatory Updates: A roundtable discussion.

  • Mr. Dan Kowalski, Counselor to the Secretary, U.S. Department of the Treasury; and
  • Mr. Neisen O. Kasdin, Esq., Office Managing Partner, Akerman, LLP.

3:15 PM Federal Economic Development Resources: An overview of select federal grants and loans that have prioritization in opportunity zones.

  • Mr. Ashley D. Bell, Esq., SBA Region IV Administrator;
  • Mr. Larry B. Jackson II, Program Advisor to the Assistant Secretary, Office of Community Planning, Department of Housing & Urban Development; and,
  • Mr. Joel Frushone, Director, Office of External Affairs and Communications for Department of Commerce, Economic Development Administration.

3:45 PM Rockefeller Foundation: Community Capacity Building Initiative

  • Mr. Otis Rolley, Managing Director, Economic Resilience & Operations, Rockefeller Foundation

4:00 PM Miami’s Opportunity Zone Real Estate Markets: An overview of real estate development trends in Miami’s opportunity zone neighborhoods powered by the artificial intelligence development tool Deepblocks.

  • Mr. Francisco Garcia, Planning Director, City of Miami; and
  • Ms. Olivia Ramos, President & CEO, Deepblocks.

5:00 PM Questions & Answers

  • Mr. Keith A. Carswell, MBA, Advisor to the Mayor of Miami – Economic Development & Resiliency

5:30 PM Closing Remarks & Adjournment

  • Mayor Francis X. Suarez




(Attendees must register for the bus tour separately and must attend at least one of the earlier events on 9/27 and/or the morning of 9/28.)


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James L. Knight Center

400 Southeast 2nd Avenue

Miami, FL 33131

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