Kansas City Investor Summit - June 26-27, 2019

Accelerator for America Director of Economic Development and Opportunity Zones Aaron Thomas, and Accelerator Partner and policy expert Bruce Katz will attend the Kansas City Opportunity Zone Investor Summit in Kansas City, Missouri on June 26 and 27. The summit which was developed in collaboration with Accelerator partner Bruce Katz and led by the Ewing Marion Kauffman Foundation, will bring investors and entrepreneurs together with local policymakers, experts, and community leaders to ensure that investments in Opportunity Zones benefit their local residents.

"This model -- the locally driven investor summit -- is one that we helped inspire, and Kansas City is one of the first iterations of this," said Thomas. "We've been supporting Kansas City in this work over the last 9 months and this is a high point of it."

"As investors flock to take advantage of this powerful tax incentive, we must make sure that the people who live in these sectors benefit as well," said Katz. "By bringing the public, private, and nonprofit sector together, we can assure that these investments are funneled in a way that does the most good."

The Accelerator, which held its national Opportunity Zones Investor Summit in partnership with the Mastercard Center for Inclusive Growth at Stanford University earlier this year, is helping cities across the country create their own summits.