Opportunity Zones

Opportunity zones are designed to spur economic development and job creation in distressed communities. New investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Zones are nominated by the state and are certified by the US Secretary of Treasury. Opportunity Zones were added to the tax code by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act on December 22, 2017, and are in effect until December 31, 2028.

What is an Opportunity Zone

Opportunity Zones consist of census tracts, as established by the US Census. These tracts vary in size, but are approximately the same population density, and qualify as a "low-income community" in terms of medium-family incomes or poverty rates.

Each state nominates zones but otherwise has no official role. More than 300 census tracts were eligible in Oregon.

How do Opportunity Zones Help Economic Development?

Opportunity Zones can deliver significant tax savings on medium- to long-term investments in economically disadvantaged communities. 

This tax incentive pertains to both the capital gains invested initially through a qualified opportunity fund (QOF), as well as future capital gains earned on the original investment in zone-based businesses or projects

Grants Pass Opportunity Zone

Map of the area the Grants Pass Opportunity Zone covers

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  1. Dana Pearce

    Economic Development Manager
    Ph: 541-450-6014
    Email Dana Pearce

    James Conway

    Economic Development Specialist
    Ph: 541-450-6071
    Email James Conway

    101 NW A Street
    Grants Pass, OR 97526


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