Baltimore's Opportunity Zones

About this Event

Join us online to learn how Opportunity Zones are transforming neighborhoods in Baltimore. Despite the COVID 19 crisis entrepreneurs and investors are moving forward with revitalization projects and innovative public-private partnerships.

  • This live ZOOM event will highlight the people who are leading OZ initiatives in Baltimore.

  • Panelists will share strategies, insights, market information. and the impact their projects are having in low-income neighborhoods. 

PANEL ONE: The Big OZ Picture in Baltimore

  • Ben Seigel, Baltimore Opportunity Zone Coordinator, Baltimore Development Corporation
  • Frank Dickson, Director, Strategic Initiatives, Maryland Department of Housing & Community Development
  • Michele Whelley, President & CEOEconomic Alliance of Greater Baltimore
  • Brian Darmody, CEO, Association of University Research Parks (AURP)

PANEL TWO: Project Initiatives Transforming OZ Neighborhoods

  • David Bramble, Managing Partner, MCB Real Estate
  • Bill Struever, Cross Street Partners, Penn Station Project 
  • Leonard Mills, CEO, Verte Opportunity Fund
  • Brendan Schreiber. Schreiber Brothers, North Avenue Workforce Housing 


  • Egils Milbergs, CEO, Center for Accelerating Innovation
  • Jimmy Atkinson, Founder, Opportunity Db

Who should attend?

  • The event will be useful to civic leaders, Opportunity Zone fund managers, business associations, real estate developers, investors, tax specialists, legal experts, entrepreneurs, university incubators/accelerators, small businesses, workforce development organizations, investment bankers, and federal, state and local government officials.
  • The OZ Turning Points Series is showcasing projects that align with delivering positive community impact.

Registration is free but please consider a donation for this online series and the mission of revitalizing OZ communities across the US. 

  • Created in 2017 as part of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, the Opportunity Zones program provides federal tax incentives for investment in low-income communities. Over 8,700 Opportunity zones have been designated by the US Treasury Department across the nation. Of the 149 census tracts in Maryland that the U.S. Department of Treasury has identified as Opportunity Zones, 42 are in Baltimore City.

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