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What are Opportunity Zones?
Overseen by the U.S. Department of the Treasury, the Opportunity Zones program offers tax incentives in designated areas across each state to foster economic revitalization, long-term investment and job growth in distressed communities.
- For investors, this program helps defer, and ultimately decrease, tax liability on capital gains if those gains are deployed into designated Opportunity Zones. The longer timeframe of the investment, the bigger the incentives.
- For property owners, developers, high-tech researchers and startups, this program offers potential access to trillions of investment dollars that can be deployed across state lines in any qualified community’s Opportunity Zone project.
Partnering to Invest ForwardWV Forward, the Office of U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito, the WV Department of Commerce, the Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond and the Claude Worthington Benedum Foundation are partnering to provide information on how to accelerate projects within designated West Virginia Opportunity Zones.
WV Forward in action
An economic atlas to drive investment, growth
Invest Forward partners are organizing, tracking and sharing the latest news and information on establishing incentives for economic development across West Virginia.
As state and local officials consider how programs like Opportunity Zones can benefit their communities, WV Forward is focused on creating an economic atlas of tools, resources, information and West Virginia assets that can be used together to create, grow and expand businesses and local economies.
Stacking resources to unleash full economic potential
WV Forward and partners are sharing information on what stackable options are available to help ensure West Virginia communities can unleash their full potential.
For example, the White House Council on Opportunity and Revitalization is looking for incentives to align federal resources, including grants and favorable tax treatment, to increase economic activity in targeted areas.
Stay tuned for further details to be announced that will be relevant to businesses, non-profits and communities across the state.
- Benedum Foundation
“Our communities need to unlock capital for cultivating resilience and development. Working together, we can understand how best to use the new Opportunity Zones program along with other tools to grow and sustain healthy local economies.”
“Economic diversification and capital formation are key pieces of WV Forward’s blueprint for prosperity. By understanding and sharing the characteristics of West Virginia’s designated Opportunity Zones and the deal structures this program facilitates, WV Forward can help the state achieve maximum economic and community development impact.”
U.S. Senator Shelley Moore Capito
- United States Senate
"Opportunity Zones have the potential to help transform communities throughout West Virginia, and are yet another way tax reform is going to help West Virginians create jobs, drive economic growth, and attract investment in the areas that need it most.”
Jeanne Milliken Bonds
- Federal Reserve Bank of Richmond
"The Community Development function in the Federal Reserve is focused on access to credit and economic growth in low-income and underserved communities. It is important to have business and property owners in the same room with investors and local government to listen and plan how Opportunity Zone investment can be made with synergy and balance to help meet community needs."
- West Virginia Department of Commerce
Opportunity Zones have the potential to be a real game changer in West Virginia by creating a private incentive to create new businesses and jobs. With our combined commitment, we will move West Virginia in the right direction."