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Making the Most of Your Opportunity (Zone)

Date: February 20, 2020

Time:  2:30 pm - 4:00 pm ET

Price:  $99 for IEDC members, $149 for Nonmembers

Registration Deadline: February 20 at 11:00 am ET

Instructions will be emailed on Tuesday, February 18

Last date to request a refund or cancel registration: Monday, February 10

Questions? Please contact webinar@iedconline.org


There’s no doubt about it: Opportunity Zones are the hot topic in economic development these days. How will your community make the most of your zone? From real estate development to supporting small businesses & entrepreneurs, there are many options. And while the program is still in its early years, there are lessons to be learned. Attendees will leave this webinar with ideas, examples, and direction for how best to leverage this opportunity.




Dan Carol
Director, Center for Financial Markets
Milken Institute
Washington, DC

Dan Carol is a director in the Milken Institute Center for Financial Markets, expanding their work with local governments and stakeholders to foster best practice implementation of the Opportunity Zones Initiative, accelerate deployment of community infrastructure, and scale up regional innovation. Prior to joining the Milken Institute, Carol worked for Governors Jerry Brown and Gavin Newsom of California directing the state’s Opportunity Zones working group and serving on the Executive Committee of the US Climate Alliance, a bipartisan alliance of 24 states implementing the Paris agreement. Before that, Carol served the Obama Administration as a member of the US Department of Energy State Energy Advisory Board and led efforts to create the West Coast Infrastructure Exchange, a 2015 winner of the Harvard Ash Center award for government innovation. Outside of government, Carol co-founded two clean energy acceleration groups (The Apollo Alliance and the Clean Economy Network) and founded CTSG, a 70-person online civic engagement company and software company, sold in 2004. Carol has also served as a US Presidential Management Fellow, a senior campaign advisor to the Clinton-Gore 1992 and Obama-Biden 2008 campaigns, and adjunct professor at Georgetown University. Carol holds a BA from the University of Michigan and an MRP from the University of North Carolina.

Chris Slevin
Vice President
Economic Innovation Group
Washington, DC

Chris Slevin joined EIG as Vice President in 2019 after serving in the Senate, most recently as Senator Cory Booker’s (D-NJ) legislative director. Previously, Slevin served as an economic policy advisor for Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH). For over a decade, Slevin contributed to efforts in the Senate on a number of issues, including the auto industry restructuring, the State Small Business Credit Initiative, authorized in the Jobs Act of 2010, which provided capital to suppliers and other small businesses following the recession, and various trade bills. Slevin also spearheaded the effort to establish though Congress the National Network for Manufacturing Innovation program, which authorized and funded 14 public-private advanced manufacturing hubs in economically distressed parts of the country, beginning in Youngstown, Ohio. Slevin is active in a number of outside groups and coalitions focused on political reform and criminal justice issues. He is a graduate of Villanova University and studied at The George Washington University.


Instructions and Technology

Instructions and dial-in information will be sent up to three days in advance and a minimum of two times. If you do not receive an email from IEDC or GoToWebinar 24 hours prior to the start of the web seminar, it is your responsibility to email webinar@iedconline.org. No refunds or credits will be given for not receiving the dial-in information for the webinar.


• Using a telephone: A touch-tone telephone
• Using Desktop VoIP: A computer equipped with the following:
-- a supported sound card
-- speakers or headphones
-- a microphone (for speaking during the conference)


• Microsoft Internet Explorer 6.0, Mozilla Firefox 1.5 for Windows/Mac/Linux, or Safari 2.0 for Macintosh
• Broadband Internet connection

Learn more about GoToWebinar please review the Attendee Quick Reference Guide(PDF)


Cancellation, Refund and No-Show Policy

• Refunds are available with cancellation until Monday, February 10. There are no refunds for cancellations received after Monday, February 10.

• All cancellations must be received in writing by email, fax or mail to Cherrika Gordon (e-mail: cgordon@iedconline.org / fax (202) 223-4745). Cancellations by phone are not accepted.

• All cancellations and requests for a refund after Monday, February 10 need to be submitted in writing to Cherrika Gordon and will be considered on a case by case basis. There is no guarantee of a refund or credit after Monday, February 10 and each will be given consideration under unforeseen circumstances.


Attend Web Seminars and Earn Recertification Credits from the Comfort of Your Office

We understand that CEcDs have a constant yearning to grow and improve their knowledge and expertise in economic development. Therefore, the IEDC web seminars have been approved as professional development programs for recertification. The web seminars provide a convenient and cost-effective online environment for economic developers to learn about cutting-edge research, techniques, and tools that are prevalent in the field.

CEcDs participating in a minimum of three (3) web seminars during a three-year recertification cycle can now earn recertification credits. If you have questions or would like more information, please contact certification@iedconline.org.