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Washington, DC — Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary, Housing and Urban Development, joins America’s Roundtable co-hosts Natasha Srdoc and Joel Anand Samy to discuss the impact of the opportunity zones across the United States where 35 million Americans reside. The Opportunity Zones incentive, created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, was designed to spur economic development and job creation by encouraging long-term investments in low-income communities nationwide. As America begins its path of economic recovery after the COVID-19 pandemic lockdowns, this initiative is a unique endeavor to fuel job creation and economic growth.
Dr. Ben Carson also serves on The White House Coronavirus Task Force and is the Chairman, The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council.
The conversation also highlights the importance of focusing on the science and real data from around the world when addressing the concerns about the coronavirus pandemic which originated in Wuhan, China. Dr. Carson brings to the table his experiences as a medical professional, a longtime Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at the Johns Hopkins Hospital, a position which he held since the age of 33.
“One of the most brilliant minds serving in the cabinet, Dr. Ben Carson, Secretary of Housing and Urban Development is a leading force on the The White House Coronavirus Task Force focusing on addressing the spread of coronavirus from China, responding to America’s vulnerable population groups and working tirelessly to get the US economy back on track,” said Natasha Srdoc, co-host, America’s Roundtable and co-founder, International Leaders Summit. “As Chairman of The White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council, Secretary Carson shares with our listeners about the investment incentives through Opportunity Zones which impact over 35 million of our fellow-Americans in the more than 8,700 locations across the country, and specifically in economically distressed areas.”
“Our listeners will learn more about the work being undertaken to provide vital support to the 30.7 million small businesses in America, the vital backbone of our economy amounting to of 99% of American businesses and accounting for 44 percent of U.S. economic activity,” said Joel Anand Samy, co-host, America’s Roundtable and co-founder, International Leaders Summit. “As a leading figure from the medical community, Secretary Carson will highlight the importance of safely reopening schools based on science and data. We discuss the serious concerns of leaving children behind with certain states’ school districts insisting on virtual classrooms. These efforts will further marginalize the over 43% of children from lower income families lacking access to digital devices and the 15% of U.S. households with school-age children who do not have a high-speed internet connection at home – specifically Black, Hispanic and children in rural areas, based on Pew Research data.”