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OZAA Roadshow - Pittsburgh Opportunity Zone Catalyst Event

Aaron Grau, OZAA Executive Director

Friday, November 1, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Pittsburgh-Based Organization Ended $25.00 $3.16
OZAA Member Ended $25.00 $3.16
General Admission | Not Pittsburgh-Based Ended $75.00 $6.20

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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 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

 Opportunity zones can bring economic revitalization to distressed communities across the country. The 2017 Tax Cuts an 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 are available!

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



November 1

8:00 - 9:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 - 9:45 am
Welcome & Opening Keynote Address


 9:45 - 10:45 am

Panel Discussion: Public/Private Partnerships & Anchor Institutions

  • Bill Generett, Duquense University, Vice President for Public Outreach (moderator)

  • Lance Chimka, Allegheny County Director of Economic Development

  • John Persinger, Erie Downtown Development Corporation

  • More to come


10:45 - 11:45 am

Panel Discussion: Opportunity Zone Technicians

  • Jill Homan, OZAA Board Member; Owner, Javelin 19

  • (Invited) Steve Freidman, Cohen Reznick

  • More to come


11:45 am
Break and transition to lunch


12:00 - 1:30 pm
Lunch and Keynote Address

  • (Invited) Mekael Teshome, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Pittsburgh Branch VP and Senior Regional Officer

  • (Invited) Scott Turner, Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council


1:45 - 2:45 pm
Networking Opportunity


3:00 - 4:00 pm

Panel Discussion: Investors and Qualified Opportunity Funds

  • Kyle Walker, OZAA Board Chairman; Owner, Agora XLT (moderator)

  • Jide Famuagun, President, Alpha Capital Partners

  • (Invited) David Serafini, Senior VP/Market Manager PNC Bank

  • (Invited) Jayson White

  • More to come

4:00 - 4:30 pm
Closing Remarks


4:30 - 6:00 pm

Closing Networking Reception & Project Showcase


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

Are you a Community Leader located in 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.

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Have questions about OZAA Roadshow - Pittsburgh Opportunity Zone Catalyst Event? Contact Aaron Grau, OZAA Executive Director

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The Power Center at Duquesne University
1015 Forbes Avenue
Pittsburgh, PA 15282

Friday, November 1, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 6:00 PM (EDT)

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