TNECD to host Regional Opportunity Zones Forum

NASHVILLE–The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development, in partnership with the U.S. Small Business Administration, Tennessee Small Business Development Center and Tennessee State University, will host a Regional Opportunity Zones Forum Tuesday, March 3, 2020 at 8:30 a.m. at Tennessee State University in Nashville. 

The forum, titled “New Developments in Opportunity Zones,” will cover topics including regulations for operating businesses as investment opportunities, the potential of using publicly owned property located within Opportunity Zone census tracts as OZ projects, what state resources are available to assist with marketing projects, and others.

The event will feature a collection of OZ projects and local and national resource providers and highlight discussions about operating businesses in Opportunity Zones.

Participants can attend free of change, but must register in advance at


TNECD Commissioner Bob Rolfe

Margaret Dolan, President and CEO of LaunchTN

Yvonne Durbin, Program Director of The Governance Project

Kriste Goad, Managing Member, Founder and CEO of The Shop at 1020 OZ project (Nashville)

Steen Watson, Co-founder of Chestnut Funds, Memphis Cycle Shop OZ project (Memphis)

Charles Carlisle, CEO of Bristol Development Group, Church and Henley OZ project (Knoxville)

Jonathan Belcher, CFO, Direct Customer Solutions, LLC OZ project, (Jackson)

Scott Shalett, Director of Public Affairs, Launch Pad 


Regional Opportunity Zones Forum

Register at


Tennessee State University – Avon Williams Campus

Main Auditorium, 3rd Floor

330 10th Avenue North

Nashville, TN 37203


Tuesday, March 3, 2020, 8:30 a.m. to 12 p.m.

About the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development

The Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development’s mission is to develop strategies that help make Tennessee the No. 1 location in the Southeast for high quality jobs. To grow and strengthen Tennessee, the department seeks to attract new corporate investment to the state and works with Tennessee companies to facilitate expansion and economic growth. Find us on the web: Follow us on Twitter and Instagram: @tnecd. Like us on Facebook:

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