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February 2019: Monthly Luncheon — Colorado Opportunity Zones
Denver Athletic Club
1325 Glenarm Place
Denver, CO 80204

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Wednesday, February 13, 2019, 11:30 AM - 1:00 PM MDT
Category: Programs

The Colorado Opportunity Zone program has the potential to fund a wide variety of projects, including real estate development, new infrastructure, affordable housing, renewable energy projects and startups. There are 126 Opportunity Zones throughout Colorado, with several along the Front Range. Adams County, for example, has nine Opportunity Zones. The program is expected to pump millions of dollars of new investment into and change the face of development in once overlooked areas.

Learning Objectives
•    Learn what an Opportunity Zone is
•    How do Opportunity Zones apply to development projects and other types of investments?
•    What requirements do development projects have to meet to be eligible?
•    What cities are doing to attract Opportunity Zone investments to their community?
•    What are the tax advantages for companies, real estate investors, and the development community?
•    What types of projects are currently underway in designated Opportunity Zones?

Ticket Prices
$55 Members
$90 Non-members          


Note: Only SMPS Colorado Members may register at member pricing. All ticket prices increase by $25 after February 7. On-site parking not guaranteed. If signage indicates "DAC members only," there may still be parking available. Please inquire.

Thank you to our event sponsor!





Stephanie Copeland | Managing Partner
Four Points Funding

Stephanie Copeland, joined the Governance Project and became a managing partner of Four Points Funding on January 1, 2019. Previously, Stephanie served on Governor John Hickenlooper’s cabinet as the Executive Director for the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade. Appointed to the Governor’s Cabinet in January 2017, Stephanie oversaw a host of divisions, initiatives, and programs that support business development throughout the State of Colorado. Before this appointment, she most recently served as president of the Zayo Group, a communications infrastructure services firm.

She was previously COO at WildBlue, where she was responsible for the operations of the $500 million rural broadband business. Stephanie spent her career in the Telecommunications sector in both the US and Europe. In the early 1990s, she moved to St. Petersburg, Russia to take a management position with Cable & Wireless. She returned to the U.S. in 1994 as part of the team that started MFS International. She joined the early team at Level (3) Communications in 1997, and in 2001, Qwest Communications recruited her to join its leadership team. Stephanie served as a director for the Colorado Broadband Deployment Board, The Business Experiential Learning Commission, the Governor’s Blockchain Council and the Colorado Workforce Development Council. A Blackstone Entrepreneur, she serves as an advisor to early stage companies in Colorado. 


Erik Jensen | Shareholder
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck, LLC.

Erik Jensen brings a strong business and pragmatic perspective to his practice assisting individuals, businesses and nonprofits with their federal, state and local tax issues. Erik frequently advises clients in a wide range of industries on tax-efficient structuring for business formations, capitalizations, mergers, acquisitions, reorganizations and liquidations, and provides counsel on a variety of other tax and business needs. He has considerable experience in the area of state and local taxation and has represented clients in audits and litigation matters in numerous jurisdictions across the United States. 

In addition, Erik has significant experience working with joint ventures in a variety of industries and drafting their joint venture agreements and other documents related to their ongoing operations.

Prior to joining the firm, Erik worked as a tax associate at Baker Botts in Houston and as a tax and corporate associate at Otten Johnson in Denver. He also previously taught courses on Taxation of Property Transactions and Tax Research and Writing as an adjunct professor in the graduate tax program at the University of Denver Sturm School of Law.

In his pro bono practice, Erik helps 501(c)(3) organizations with their formation and application for tax exemption and counsels them in their ongoing tax-related compliance issues. 


Jana Perksy | Strategic Initiatives Manager
Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade

Jana Persky is a Strategic Initiatives Manager at the Colorado Office of Economic Development and International Trade (OEDIT), where she is managing the Opportunity Zone program and working on Blockchain legislation. She has a degree in Public Policy from Stanford University and has previously worked in management consulting.