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White House Officials Lead Opportunity Zones Roundtable for Acadiana

Officials from the White House joined local leaders Tuesday to discuss the revitalization of opportunity zones in Acadiana.

Leaders from the national level to right here in Acadiana sat together talking about the 25 opportunity zones in all nine of the Acadiana parishes including Scott Turner the Executive Director of the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, who says, “what is the pain of the community, but what also is the potential that’s inside of this community?”

Community leaders from all parishes were present to create a plan that helps all zones bring in potential investors. Opelousas Mayor, Julius Alsandor explains “we’re not going to have anyone come in and invest in our own future if we don’t take stands and do that for ourselves.”

What starts with boots-on-the-ground is only facilitated by the government’s opportunity and revitalization council, touring the U.S., asking local leaders what they need to be the most successful. “We can use opportunity zones to bring forth true transformation and revitalization to the areas here in Louisiana.”

Opportunity zones receive tax cuts and federal grants along with private investments to help the struggling areas of town flourish.

Chris Caldwell the Federal Co-Chariman for Delta Regional Authority announced the DRA is investing 119-thousand dollars to rural communities in the Acadiana region opportunity zones. Visit Invest Acadiana to learn more about Acadiana’s current plans.