MNOppCo Workshop | Northeast Minnesota | Tuesday, June 9 | 1:30 – 3:00PM

Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative


Northeast Minnesota Workshop

Tuesday, June 9, 1:30-3:00 PM

This workshop will update northeast Minnesota stakeholders on the opportunity zone incentive, including a review of its basics, clarifications in federal guidance on its use, and its use for businesses. Dannielle Lewis of Wipfli, who has worked on numerous opportunity zone deals, will share her expertise on the tools use for economic recovery. The MNOppCo team will discuss the importance of a shared community vision for equitable development and discuss how opportunity zones can advance recovery and resilience.

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  1. Welcome & Introductions
  2. Did You Forget About Opportunity Zones?
  3. A Look at Investing in Qualified Opportunity Zone Businesses
  4. How Could Critical Community Leadership Impact Equitable Development?
  5. Adjourn

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Dannielle Lewis

Dannielle Lewis is a senior manager in the tax practice, focused on serving clients in the construction and real estate industry. She leads Wipfli’s team of Qualified Opportunity Zone specialists and is a frequent speaker on this topic. She also advises clients on complex tax transactions involving partnership interest exchanges or business sales. Dannielle stays up to date on the ever-changing tax laws and recognizes opportunities for new and potential clients to help save and structure their funds. She leverages her proactive planning and advising to ensure clients reach their goals and are successful.

Elissa Hansen

Elissa Hansen is the President & CEO of Northspan. She invests her time creatively advancing others’ capabilities and has spearheaded the creation of the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative. She leads Northspan with more than 20 years of experience in business and economic development across Minnesota and Wisconsin.

Karl Schuettler

Karl Schuettler is the Director of Research & Marketing at Northspan. He manages the community development programming, provides support services to local communities, and researches and analyzes economic trends. He holds a bachelor’s degree from Georgetown University and a master’s degree in urban and regional planning from the University of Minnesota.

This workshop is provided by the Minnesota Opportunity Collaborative (MNOppCo) which is a statewide partnership that seeks to inspire investment in designated Opportunity Zones. It brings together developers, investors, businesses, and community development entities to host a statewide project & site directory and share best practices.

Founding MNOppCo partners include The Northspan Group, Inc.; Community Exchange; Duluth LISC; Twin Cities LISC; the Department of Employment and Economic Development (DEED); Department of Iron Range Resources and Rehabilitation (DIRRR); and the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. MNOppCo is funded in part by the Opportunity Zone Fund of the Duluth Superior Area Community Foundation. MNOppCo thanks its partners for their assistance in these efforts. Learn more at

Elissa Hansen | (218) 481-7737 |