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OZAA Roadshow - Pittsburgh Opportunity Zone Catalyst Event

Opportunity Zone Association of America

Friday, November 1, 2019 from 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Ticket Type Sales End Price Fee Quantity
Pittsburgh-Based Organization Nov 1, 2019 $25.00 $3.16
OZAA Member Nov 1, 2019 $25.00 $3.16
General Admission | Not Pittsburgh-Based Nov 1, 2019 $75.00 $6.20

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Event Details

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.




Proposed Agenda

OZAA Pittsburgh Agenda

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

9:00 - 9:30 am
Welcome & Opening Keynote Address

  • Mayor Mitch Cornett

9:45 - 10:45 am
Panel Discussion: Public/Private Partnerships & 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.

  • Bill Generett, Duquesne University, Vice President for Public Outreach (moderator)
  • Lance Chimka, Allegheny County Director of Economic Development
  • John Persinger, Erie Downtown Development Corporation
  • Brandon Mendoza, Executive Director, NAIOP-Pittsburgh
  • Kevin Progar, Program Manager UPMC Center for High-Value Health Care

10:45 - 11:45 am
Panel Discussion: Opportunity Zone Technicians & 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.

  • Jill Homan, OZAA Board Member; Owner, Javelin 19
  • Steve Freidman, Cohen Reznick
  • David Neufeld, Flaster Greenburg, PC
  • Zak Thomas, Buchanan Ingersoll
  • Byron Sarhangian, Snell & Wilmer

11:45 am - 1:00 pm
Lunch and Keynote Address

  • Dr. John Fleming, Assistant Secretary of Commerce for the Economic Development Agency (confirmed)

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 form one another?  What creative strategies may a fund employ to successfully and meaningfully execute an OZ project?

  • Kyle Walker, Agora XT & OZAA Board Member
  • Cathy Niederberger, PNC Bank
  • Jide Famuagun, Alpha Capital Partners
  • Jonathan Tower, Arctaris Impact Fund
  • Scott Shalett, Managing Partner & Head of Public Affairs, Medora Ventures

2:45 - 3:30 pm
Fireside Chat: Lessons Learned from Atlanta
The final session of the day is a “Fireside Chat” with one of the country’s leading opportunity zone thought leaders.  Ed Smith is the Chief Opportunity Zone 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.

  • Ed Smith, Chief Opportunity Zone Officer, Invest Atlanta

3:30 - 5:00 pm
OZ 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 separately online at:


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




Thank You OZAA Roadshow Sponsors:




Have questions about OZAA Roadshow - Pittsburgh Opportunity Zone Catalyst Event? Contact Opportunity Zone Association of America

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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 4:00 PM (EDT)

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Opportunity Zone Association of America

Opportunity Zone Association of America (OZAA) is a nonprofit, national platform for industry stakeholders to connect, learn, and advocate.  By connecting local stakeholders with national resources, relationships, and discussions OZAA promotes the stability and success of the Opportunity Zone industry.

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