Pittsburgh Catalyst Event @ The Power Center at Duquesne University
Jul 8 – Aug 8 all-day

The Opportunity Zone Association of America will host Pittsburgh’s first OZ Catalyst Event at Duquesne University in August to discuss the region’s opportunity zone assets & hurdles and ignite new regional investment. 

  • National authorities & policy makers will lend their expertise to regional issues.
  • Regional opportunity zones will showcase their viability. 
  • Qualified Opportunity Funds will discuss what works and what does not.
  • Learn about this major federal program and how it can shape our region.

Sponsorship opportunities are available!

*Note: the purchase of one ticket gives you access to the complete conference.

August 7

1:30 – 2:30 pm
OZ 101 & Community Background Presentations at Duquesne University

2:30 – 4:30 pm
Pittsburgh OZ Community Tours: See First Hand Pittsburgh’s Possibilities

4:30 pm
Bus Tours Returning to Duquesne University

5:00 – 7:00 pm
Pre-Event Reception at Duquesne University

August 8

8:00 – 9:00 am
Registration & Continental Breakfast

9:00 – 9:45 am
Welcome & Opening Keynote Address

9:45 – 10:45 am
Panel Discussion: Public/Private Partnerships & Anchor Institutions

  • Bill Generett, Duquense University, Vice President for Public Outreach (moderator)
  • Lance Chimka, Allegheny County Director of Economic Development
  • John Persinger, Erie Downtown Development Corporation
  • More to come

10:45 – 11:45 am
Panel Discussion: Opportunity Zone Technicians

  • Jill Homan, OZAA Board Member; Owner, Javelin 19
  • (Invited) Steve Freidman, Cohen Reznick
  • More to come

11:45 am
Break and transition to lunch

12:00 – 1:30 pm
Lunch and Keynote Address

  • (Invited) Mekael Teshome, Federal Reserve Bank of Cleveland Pittsburgh Branch VP and Senior Regional Officer
  • (Invited) Scott Turner, Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council

1:45 – 2:45 pm
Networking Opportunity

3:00 – 4:00 pm
Panel Discussion: Investors and Qualified Opportunity Funds

  • Kyle Walker, OZAA Board Chairman; Owner, Agora XLT (moderator)
  • Jide Famuagun, President, Alpha Capital Partners
  • (Invited) David Serafini, Senior VP/Market Manager PNC Bank
  • (Invited) Jayson White
  • More to come

4:00 – 4:30 pm
Closing Remarks

4:30 – 6:00 pm
Closing Networking Reception & Project Showcase

*DISCLAIMER: Some items subject to change. Check back for updates.

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Have questions about Pittsburgh’s Opportunity Zone Catalyst Event? Contact Aaron Grau, OZAA Executive Director

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