Economic Inclusion Task Force Meeting: Economic Development in Distressed Communities

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As Chair of the task force, Davis led this delegation of business and civic leaders on behalf of Sen. Tim Scott (SC) for a meeting at the U.S. Capitol. The group discussed ideas for empowering and revitalizing distressed communities through economic development.

Featured speakers included Vice President Mike Pence, Sen. Tim Scott, US Conference of Mayors President Mayor Steve Benjamin and Economic Innovation Group (EIG) President John Lettieri, who all spoke on the recent Opportunity Zones legislation and future policy initiatives. In addition, Mayor Steve Benjamin (Columbia, SC) discussed how the US Conference of Mayors’ two-year policy focus on innovation, infrastructure and inclusion directly aligns with potential projects and goals of the Opportunity Zone legislation.

The workgroups for the task force were technology, real estate and housing, energy and infrastructure, finance and capital formation, and healthcare.

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