Maryland Opportunity Zones Conference

​The Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) is hosting an Opportunity Zone Conference in Ellicott City, MD. Please join Economic Innovation Group, K&L Gates and host agencies to hear about successful Opportunity Zone investments being made throughout Maryland.

Tuesday, October 1st, 2019​
9 AM - 12 PM
(8:30 AM Check-in)

Turf Valley Conference Center
2700 Turf Valley Rd.
Ellicott City​, MD 21042

Parking available on surrounding surface lots.​​ ​​​​


By registering for this training/event, you acknowledge that photographs and/or videos of you may be taken by our staff at any time during the event. Furthermore, you grant DHCD permission to use photographs and/or video of your likeness in any type of media, including websites and print publications, without compensation or reward.

Conference Agenda (subject to change): 

9:00 – 9:0​5

Rachel Reilly, Director of Impact Strategy,  Economic Innovation Group

9:05 – 9:10

Lt. Governor Boyd Rutherford

9:10 – 9:20

Opportunity Zones Future Impact 
John Lettieri, CEO, Economic Innovation Group
Programs, Incentives and Tools catalyzing OZ impact

9:20 – 9:50

Opportunity Zone Funds – Investment Requirements
Mary Burke Baker, Government Affairs Counselor, K&L Gates
How operating businesses attract OZ equity?
Craig Bernstein, Principal / Chief Investment Officer, OPZ Bernstein OZ Fund 
How real estate projects attract OZ equity?
Q & A led by Rachel Reilly

9:5​0 – 1​0:45

Opportunity Zones – Investing
1. Commercial R.E. – Mixed use, Dave Bramble, Managing Director, MCB Real Estate
Yard 56, Northwood Commons and Mad​ison Park North
2. Commercial R.E. – Multi-family, Lois Fried, Managing Director, Urban Atlantic
New Carrollton Metro
3. Affordable Housing, Avram Fechter, Managing Director, EquityPlus
Ox Fibre
4. Commercial R.E. – Student Housing, Jill Homan, President, Javelin 19 Investments
UMB Student Housing
5. Operating Business, Thomas Luginbill
Grey-Ops, LLC
​Q & A led by Rachel Reilly

10:45 – 11:00


11:00 – 11:50

Statewide OZ investments
1. Cambridge Waterfront, Sandra Tripp-Jones, Executive Director, Cambridge Waterfront Development Inc.
2. Phillips Packing House, Katie Parks, Vice President of Conservation, Eastern Shore Land Conservancy​
3. East Baltimore, Ben Seigel, Baltimore Opportunity Zone Coordinator, Baltimore Development Corporation
Southern Streams Community Wellness Center, Bishop​ Donte Hickman
4. Frostburg Center Street Redevelopment, Elizabeth Stahlman, City Administrator
5. Clene Nanomedicine, Mark Mortensen, Co-founder / CTO
​Q & A led by Rachel Reilly​

11:50 – 12:15

State Incentives
Andy Fish, Managing Director of Finance, Maryland Department of Commerce
Secretary Tiffany Robinson, Maryland Department of Labor 

Closing Remarks
Secretary Kenneth C. Holt, Maryland Department of Housing and Community Development​

Read more on Maryland’s Opportunity Zones.​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​