In a Washington Post op-ed, Jared Bernstein, former chief economist to former Vice President Joe Biden and senior fellow at the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, describes the early developments, including the Zone certification process, market reactions and some proposed investment targets of Opportunity Zones. According to the Economic Innovation Group, the average certified Zone has a 29 percent poverty rate, nearly twice the national rate, and a median family income of $42,400, nearly 40 percent lower than the national median. An OZ prospectus in Oklahoma City features residential housing, retail (including a much-needed grocer) and health facilities. While Bernstein notes the gentrification risk of Opportunity Zones, he concludes that the selected Zones have both the need and capacity to absorb new investment, development and people without displacing local residents. He calls on Treasury to dictate strong reporting requirements that will accommodate thorough evaluation.