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Little Rock mayor names 20 to opportunity zone task force

by Rachel Herzog | August 9, 2019 at 11:47 a.m.
At an event on opportunity zones in Little Rock, Lisa Ferrell (third from left), developer of Rockwater Village in North Little Rock, speaks Monday along with panel members (from left) Jarrod Loadholt with Pine Street Strategies; Chris Caldwell, co-chairman of the Delta Regional Authority; and Ben Hobbs, special assistant to the president for domestic policy.

Little Rock Mayor Frank Scott Jr. has named 20 people who will serve on a task force that will study how the city can leverage its opportunity zones.

The team of developers, bankers and civic leaders will study how the city can attract investors to the federally designated economically distressed zones where new investments can be eligible for preferential tax treatment.

At a panel discussion that hosted officials from Washington, D.C., on Monday, Scott said using opportunity zones is one way to revitalize disadvantaged areas.

The task force will be chaired by Will Rockefeller of the Winrock Group. Martie North Hamilton, director of community development at Simmons Bank, will serve as a co-chair, according to a Friday news release from the city.

The task force also includes:

  • Regina Favors
  • Lisa Ferrell
  • Merritt Drake
  • Virgil Miller
  • Angel Burt
  • Kevin Huchingson
  • Shawn Govind
  • Leslie Lane
  • Ivan Hudson
  • Tristan Wilkerson
  • Lee Hastings IV
  • Chris Moses
  • Jill Floyd
  • Richard Mays
  • Nathan Rutledge
  • Ted Dickey
  • Patrick Schueck
  • Pam Courtney

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