New National Opportunity Zones Ranking Report

LOCUS, Smart Growth America, the Center for Real Estate and Urban Analysis as the George Washington University and Strong Prosperous and Resilient Communities Challenge (SPARCC) published a National Opportunity Zones Ranking report. The report ranks each of the designated Opportunity Zones based on its Smart Growth Potential as well as its Social Equity and Vulnerability Index score to create a “Smart Growth Potential” filter for investors to identify which Opportunity Zones should be prioritized for investment from a triple-bottom-line perspective that can deliver positive economic, environmental and social returns. Additionally, this study is intended to provide local policymakers and community groups with a policy framework to manage and ensure equitable, inclusive development in Opportunity Zones.