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The Tax Cuts and Jobs Act of 2017 contains a new tax incentive for investments in low-income census tracts designated as Opportunity Zones.
Opportunity Zones are a new community development program established by Congress in the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act to encourage long-term investments in low-income urban and rural communities.
I am an Economic Development Specialist with the Idaho Department of Commerce. My responsibilities at the Department include director of the Northwest Community Development Institute, manager of the Idaho Gem Grant and Idaho Main Street Programs and administration of the Rural Idaho Economic Development Professionals program. My professional passion is helping communities plan and implement projects. To that end I'm a member of the Idaho Rural Partnership's Community Review planning committee and creator and editor of Show Me the Money an e newsletter featuring grant opportunities and targeted towards projects that have a hard time finding government funding.
For fun I love spending time with a rambunctious yellow lab who answers to the name of Ginger, cheering on my beloved Iowa Hawkeyes and giving my time, talent and treasure to charitable causes.
Jake Reynolds, Idaho Commerce’s new Business Development and Operations Administrator, joined Idaho Commerce in January 2013 as an International Trade Specialist and was promoted to Business Retention and Expansion Manager in October 2016. Prior to joining Idaho Commerce, Mr. Reynolds served as the sales manager for In the Ditch in Mountain Home, and also served as an agricultural manager of his family’s farm, Carl F. Reynolds and Sons. An Idaho native, Mr. Reynolds graduated from the University of Idaho with a Bachelor of Science degree in Marketing, and resides in Boise with his wife and two young children.