“Opportunity Zone” workshops set for December 11 in Kingsport, December 12 in Knoxville

Want to receive an update on the federal “Opportunity Zone” (OZ) program? If so, you have two chances next week in East Tennessee – December 11 in Kingsport and December 12 in Knoxville.

Four organizations in Northeast Tennessee have joined forces to host the first session set for 1 to 5 p.m. at the MeadowView Conference Resort and Convention Center in Kingsport. Registration is free at this link. Sponsors are the Tennessee Department of Economic and Community Development (ECD), TN 1st, Appalachian Highlands Group LLC, and the City of Kingsport.

The next day finds the Knoxville Chamber and the Knoxville Entrepreneur Center (KEC) teaming-up with ECD to hold a similar OZ workshop from 8:30 to 11 a.m. at the Southern Railway Station, 306 West Depot Avenue. To register, click here.

According to KEC’s Jim Biggs, the Knoxville event will feature several local developers and business executives who have specific plans to capitalize on the OZ legislation or are exploring that possibility. One is Rick Dover who recently unveiled a $76 million plan to redevelop the old Tennessee Supreme Court site on Henley Street across from the Knoxville Convention Center.

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