This convening of North Carolina mayors, city managers, members of city councils and city staff featured Davis on a panel with Napoleon Wallace, Deputy Secretary of North Carolina Department of Commerce. Moderated by Mayor Mitch Colvin (Fayetteville, NC), the panel gave Davis a space to
speak to how Opportunity Zones were created as well as to what city leaders can do to fully take advantage of the zones.
This particular collective of mayors has historically placed a focus on four primary areas of transportation, public safety, economic development and local flexibility as well as tools to achieve community goals in their respective cities. With a great deal of state preemption laws in North Carolina, these mayors face a unique challenge as leaders of local governments.
Davis also spoke about how Opportunity Zones would influence job creation, economic competitiveness, revitalization of distressed communities and affordable housing development for cities across the state.