Arizona Opportunity Zone Nominations Submitted to U.S. Treasury Department


PHOENIX, AZ (April 6, 2018) — Governor Doug Ducey announced today that the State of Arizona submitted its nominations for Opportunity Zones to the U.S. Department of the Treasury on the March 21 deadline. A response from the Treasury is expected within 30 days.


The federal Opportunity Zones program allows each state’s governor to nominate up to 25 percent of the qualifying low-income Census tracts as Opportunity Zones. It was created under a provision of the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which was signed into law December of 2017.


“We applaud this federal initiative to stimulate economic development in low-income areas,” said Governor Doug Ducey. “Ensuring opportunity for all Arizonans has been a focus of my administration. Arizona’s economy is thriving, and we are excited to see how Opportunity Zones will build on our effort.”


The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) was tasked with first identifying Arizona’s qualifying Census tracts, and then working with city, county and tribal governments to determine which of those tracts had the most potential for development projects that would benefit the community.


The resulting 168 Census tract nominations represent every county in Arizona - rural, tribal and urban areas covering the entire state. Forty two percent of the nominated tracts represent rural areas. Each is well-positioned for development in manufacturing, distribution and warehousing, technology and innovation, medical facilities and housing.


“The ACA worked closely with civic leaders throughout Arizona to guide them on the program qualifications and gather their recommendations on which tracts they would like nominated as Opportunity Zones,” said Sandra Watson, President & CEO of the Arizona Commerce Authority. “We thank our partners in the communities for their collaborative efforts and look forward to the response from the Treasury Department.”


Investors who reinvest capital gains monies in Opportunity Zone funds will receive reductions on capital gains taxes relative to the years of their investment.


The State of Arizona does not have a role in determining what investments qualify, how investments are made, or what projects receive investment. The Treasury Department will work with investors and businesses on qualifying investments.


Please click here to view the Arizona Census Tracts that were nominated for designation as Opportunity Zones.


Media Contacts
Susan Marie, Arizona Commerce Authority, [email protected]
Connie Weber, Arizona Commerce Authority, [email protected]


About the Arizona Commerce Authority

The Arizona Commerce Authority (ACA) is the state's leading economic development organization with a streamlined mission to grow and strengthen Arizona's economy. The ACA uses a three-pronged approach to advance the overall economy: attract, expand, create - attract out-of-state companies to establish operations in Arizona; work with existing companies to expand their business in Arizona and beyond; and help entrepreneurs create new Arizona businesses in targeted industries. For more information, please visit and follow the ACA on Twitter at @azcommerce.