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$75 Government/Student Rate, use code: GOVSTU
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12:00 NOON Registration Opens

12:45 PM Welcome & Opening Remarks with area Mayor’s and Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative’s Elissa Hansen, Northspan, and Lynne Osterman, Community Exchange

Ryan Johnson, Senior Impact Analyst, Strategic Investments, LISC

Joe Galvan, HUD Midwest Regional Administrator, White House Opportunity & Revitalization Council Representative


Moderated by Mark Danielson, Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation

Panelists include:


Critical Community Leadership: Thought leaders will reflect on how their particular roles are impacting Opportunity Zone activities within their respective spheres of influence and how they work together.

Moderated by Justin Erickson, Community Venture Network

Panelists include:

  • Katie Heppner, The Economic Alliance
  • Jordan Zeller, East Central Regional Development Commission
  • Jessica Deegan, MN Housing
  • Meredith Udoibok, MN Department of Employment & Economic Development
  • Julianne Leerssen, City of Minneapolis | NEON in North Minneapolis
  • Nicole Ruhof, Benton County Public Health
  • Laura Malwitz, Siemens Industry, Inc.
  • Matt Durand, Owatonna Forward
  • Peter McLaughlin, LISC Twin Cities
  • JooHee Pomplun, The Alliance Minneapolis

2:45 PM Ice Cream Break


Case Study Workshop: An interactive session that allows attendees to work through operating business, housing, and mixed-use case studies, complete with input from a range of experts in accounting, finance, legal, and community advocacy to understand how to put the incentive to work.


MN Opportunity Zone Challenge LIVE Pitches: The semifinalists in the Minnesota Opportunity Zone Challenge will pitch their projects and judges will announce the winners at the end of the formal program.

Semifinalists PechaKucha’s


Rachel Reilly*, Economic Innovation Group EIG was at the table when the Investing in Opportunities Act was crafted. Rachel will share how other states are advancing their opportunity zones!

5:20 PM MN Opportunity Zone Challenge Winners Awarded

5:35 PM Reception with Snacks & Cash Bar

7:00PM Summit Concludes

*The Summit’s keynote speaker, Rachel Reilly of Economic Innovation Group (EIG), will share a national perspective on opportunity zones. Rachel serves as EIG’s Director of Impact Strategy and leads the organization’s work to support communities, policymakers and investors in their efforts to catalyze sustainable economic growth across the country through Opportunity Zones and other forward-thinking initiatives. EIG recently created a national cohort of thought leaders and influencers across the opportunity zone ecosystem and Rachel facilitates cohort communications and interactions; MN Opportunity Collaborative is a charter member of this cohort. Previously, Rachel was the Director of Impact Investing at Enterprise Community Partners where she expanded community investment opportunities for people and businesses. Rachel was at the helm of Enterprise’s engagement with Opportunity Zones, and her portfolio of work included leading Enterprise’s $100 million debt offering – the Impact Note – in addition to policy and advocacy activities related to impact investing. Learn more about EIG & Rachel here:

The Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative is a partnership that seeks to inspire investment in designated Opportunity Zones. It brings together developers, investors, businesses, and community development entities to host a statewide project and site directory, hold educational events, and share best practices on a regular basis.

Thank you to our founding partners! 

The Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative is powered by The Northspan Group, Inc. & Community Exchange, and funded in part by the Opportunity Zone Fund, the Morgan Fund, and the Community Opportunity Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation.