Webinar: Measuring Impact in Opportunity Zones

This webinar delves into the controversial topic of how impact and its measurement are showing up in the landscape of Opportunity Zones. Media reporting has created a narrative that investments will primarily benefit wealthy investors, a narrative that is difficult to rebut given the lack of regulation to promote transparency and accountability. In this environment, champions of the potential for Opportunity Zones have sought to push forward tools and resources that will increase the flow of capital to under-resourced communities and support community-defined solutions. But with regulations only finalized at the end of 2019, there’s limited data to support a more complete narrative of what’s occurring inside Opportunity Zones or how it’s affecting residents and workers.

This live webinar and audience Q&A will cover:

  •       a high-level regulatory and legislative overview with an impact reporting lens; an
  •       introduction to the Opportunity Zone Reporting Framework
  •       concrete examples of how the framework is operationalized among fund managers, developers, and communities
  •       the potential for a shared framework to understand impact and longer term outcomes of Opportunity Zones.

Webinar panelists include Fran Seegull, who directs the U.S. Impact Investing Alliance, an impact investing field building organization, Jennifer Collins of Georgetown University’s Beeck Center for Social Impact + Innovation, and Adrian Franco of the Federal Reserve Bank of New York. Their organizations partnered together with multi-stakeholder engagement to develop the Opportunity Zones Reporting Framework— a shared approach to measuring and managing for impact in Opportunity Zones.  Jane Reisman, a social impact advisor engaged with field building and practice of impact measurement and management, will serve as moderator.

Location: Virtual

Date: Wednesday, February 12, 2020