Tax Policy Center



Brett Theodos

Senior Fellow

Created by the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017, the federal government’s latest economic development incentive, Opportunity Zones, is currently in the beginning stages of implementation. While it has the potential to stimulate significant cash flow across the country, its success partially depends...

September 25, 2019
Brett TheodosCody EvansBrady Meixell

Local officials, impact investors, and philanthropy have important roles to play in helping communities access Opportunity Zone financing that benefits current residents, especially those with low or moderate incomes. Using Chicago and Cook County as a case study, we identify steps these actors...

January 10, 2019
Brett TheodosBrady Meixell
Research report

In this report, we explore how and why local governments have turned to cooperation to boost economic development. We synthesize highlights from the literature, explore program features from two regional case studies, and share findings from interviews with local practitioners. Although research...

December 20, 2018
Megan RandallKim S. RuebenBrett TheodosAravind Boddupalli
Research report

Firm migration is seen as a barometer of business climate and economic health. State and local governments feel the pressure to retain and attract jobs, often by competing using economic development packages. To better understand local employment changes, and the prevalence of job migration, we...

November 14, 2018
Brett TheodosAravind BoddupalliMegan Randall

The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act included a new federal incentive—Opportunity Zones—to spur investment in poor and undercapitalized communities. Governors (and the mayor of the District of Columbia) have now selected which among the roughly 56 percent of eligible census tracts in the US should be...

May 21, 2018
Brett TheodosBrady Meixell
Research report

The New Markets Tax Credit (NMTC) program targets debt and equity capital to businesses or organizations situated in low-income, economically distressed communities. This is a report on a diverse sample of five projects that utilized New Markets Tax Credits allocated early in the program's...

February 23, 2010
Martin D. AbravanelNancy M. PindusBrett Theodos

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