Bring Opportunity Zones and Local Investors Together in Your Community (2019)
Co-Learning Plan - 2019
Authors: Mary ZumBrunnen and Chris Miller, City of Adrian
This Co-Learning Plan focused on developing best practices for a small Opportunity Zone within the City of Adrian concentrating on fund development and attraction. Within an Opportunity Zone, investors may receive capital gains relief in low-income census tracts of distressed communities. As such, historical and current barriers to investment must be overcome with best practices unique to their region identified. Working with a host of national, state, and local partners, the City created is disseminating this resource toolkit for small cities identified for this type of social investment.
Mary ZumBrunnen, City of Adrian
Mary ZumBrunnen is the founder and chief executive officer of www.one-CommunityConsulting.com. For almost two decades she has worked across communities at home and abroad focused on sustainable development to improve quality of life. Working in developing and industrialized countries, it became very clear to her that there is only so much one person may effectually impact. Therefore, since 2005 she has focused on Michigan, helping hundreds grow their community vision to fruition. It is from the impact of these experiences that One-Community Consulting is daily spurred to connect industry expertise to solve cross-sector challenges.
Mary believes in paying it forward and offers rich training ground for those also wishing to give back to their community through One-Community Consulting's unique social entrepreneur knowledge leadership system. Learn more about Mary's background including: commitment to National Service, sustainable development, public health, and regional food systems, as well as her awards and publications on LinkedIn. A serious Spartan, she holds a BS in agriculture and natural resource communication and MS' degrees in community resource development and business administration – all from Michigan State University. She is also a two time fellow through both the US Department of Education Foreign Language and Area Studies Program and the Michigan Talent and Economic Development Project Rising Tide initiative.
In March of 2018 Mary's first book, Transcendent Partnership: Aligning Agendas for Collective Impact, based on her consulting background, was published by Difference Press and a second edition was later published by Morgan James Publishing. This reached #1 on Amazon in both Business & Money and Politics & Social Science in the areas of philanthropy and charities. In this book she shares some of her experiences as a community developer with particular focus on working within the city of Flint, Michigan. Combining her professional expertise around implementing more sustainable living and business strategies, she applies business supply chain management theory to work through many common systems challenges citizen stakeholders run into when solving large scale community issues. For more information, please see www.transcendentpartnership.com.
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