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Join us Friday, July 27th at 2:00 pm EDT for the next NDC Washington DC Update webinar on “Opportunity Zones” with special guests: Kenan Fikri, Director for Research at the Economic Innovation Group (EIG) and NDC’s West Team Leader, Chuck Depew

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 created a new investment platform called Opportunity Zones. The goal of the program is to spur private sector investment in low-income communities. This NDC Washington D.C. Update webinar will focus on the implementation of Opportunity Zones and will include a review of news from US Department of the Treasury and the concerns about the program from the advocacy community. Join us to learn how to make this opportunity work for your community, how the math works and what you can do to assure this investment supports neighborhoods in need.


Kenan Fikri, Director for Research at Economic Innovation GroupKenan Fikri EIG
Kenan Fikri is the Director for Research at the Economic Innovation Group, where he manages a research program that aims to better understand how the U.S. economy is evolving and what it means for people and places. Prior to joining EIG, Fikri worked with a team of leading economic development thinkers and practitioners at the Brookings Institution’s Metropolitan Policy Program. Fikri has also served as a consultant on competitive cities with The World Bank. Fikri obtained his Master’s Degree in Local Economic Development from the London School of Economics and his Bachelor’s in International Relations and Economics at American University.

ta-chuck-depewChuck Depew, West Team Leader at National Development Council
Chuck Depew is the West Team Leader for the National Development Council. Chuck provides technical assistance in project finance, development negotiation and housing finance to communities throughout the Northwest, including Utah and Wyoming and Northern California. In addition, he teaches commercial and housing real estate finance nationwide in NDC’s leading training program. Prior to his tenure at NDC, Chuck was Deputy Director of the Office of Economic Development for the City of Seattle. He has over 30 years of experience in public finance, housing, economic and community development.

Mr. Depew has a Bachelor’s degree in Environmental Planning from the University of California, at Santa Cruz; and a Master’s degree in Urban Planning from the University of Washington.