Powered by the Sorenson Impact Center, Forbes debuted the “Forbes OZ 20: The Top Opportunity Zone Catalysts” on December 12. Comprised of ten trailblazing community organizations and ten innovative OZ funds—including Opportunity Appalachia spearheaded by OFN Board of Directors Vice Chair and former CDFI Fund Director Donna Gambrell, as well as Woodforest National Bank’s Opportunity Fund partnership with OFN member CEI—the Forbes OZ 20 shines a light on the players harnessing the new tax policy to unlock transformative economic potential and create lasting change in America’s overlooked communities.
To pick the top 20, the Sorenson Impact Center, based in University of Utah’s Eccles School of Business, judged finalists based on the Opportunity Zone Reporting Framework, which prioritizes community benefit and engagement, transparency, and impact. Applications were scored by experts at Sorenson Impact and judged by an advisory board comprised of leaders in the Opportunity Zones landscape.
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