The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 presents an unprecedented means to marshal billions of private, tax-advantaged dollars when they are invested in any of the 8,764 Qualified Opportunity Zones designated under the terms of the Act. The Global Resilience Institute and its partners believe the promise of this unparalleled opening must be shaped so that invested dollars increase the resilience of the nation’s aging infrastructure and the vitality of the nation’s communities.

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The Act outlines…

……a financial approach that has accounting and tax parameters aimed largely at economic outcomes.


We propose…

…to deepen the potential impact of this unique legislation with our Resilience Enhancement System. Our approach: (1) identifies projects that will be attractive to investors within Opportunity Zones and demonstrates how best to incorporate community and infrastructure resilience best practices into those projects, and (2) generates and models guidance for Opportunity Zone investments that can be shared with other communities across the United States.


The goal is… seize an unprecedented opportunity to shape how communities and investors take advantage of what the U.S. Treasury Department estimates will be $100 billion in private equity capital that will soon be flowing into the zones. However, this opportunity is a time-sensitive one given the speed at which the market is seeking to make investments without any overarching guidance.

Because the rules governing Opportunity Funds incentivize investors to hold their investment for at least 8-10 years, GRI’s Resilience Enhancement System helps to ensure that projects will be sustainable and resilient over their projected lifespans, thus helping to protect the investments made by Opportunity Fund managers. Accordingly, there is a compelling economic interest as well as community interest for these projects to adopt resilience best practices that ensure they are around for the long-term.