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Opportunity Zones are Here!

In this Wealth Planning Update:

  • The 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act established the Qualified Opportunity Zone program to provide a tax incentive for private, long-term investment in economically distressed communities.
  • Investors in these programs are given an opportunity to defer and potentially reduce tax on recognized capital gains.
  • If you are facing significant tax payments as a result of capital gains, investing in a Qualified Opportunity Zone Fund may be worth exploring.

Download the report (PDF)

What is an Opportunity Zone?

An Opportunity Zone is a community nominated by the state and certified by the Treasury Department as qualifying for this program. As of June 14, 2018, the department certified zones in all 50 states, Washington, D.C., and U.S. territories.1

Approximately 8,700 Opportunity Zones nationwide. A list can be found at

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Opportunity Zone Conference Call

Good Morning!


Leon Benjamin of Coalition of Leaders United with Urban Development Coalition Projects is looking forward to having a brief conference call with you & your invited guests on Tuesday, October 1,  2019 at 12pm EST.


Call Agenda:

1. Introduction.

2. State Coordinator Updates (more appointments)

3.  Opportunity Zones & Opportunity Funds and Investors (Success Stories)

4.  Updates from  White House Officials

5.  Going beyond the call of duty

6. Updates Faith-based Strategic Alliances/Training Webinar Schedules

7. Closing Remarks



Anticipated Call time:

30 Minutes

Conference Call Number:


Access Code:



Click Link Below to Get Latest Updates: Opportunity Zone Program, Criminal Justice Reform Initiatives, and National Policy Updates from Administration-


Leon Benjamin (Coalition Founder) and Ja’Ron K Smith (Assistant to the President of the United States for Domestic Policy)

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Watching vs Doing

We are always looking for better examples but they never run for office of any kind. They sit on the sidelines and become professional commentators in their own eyes and let others take a stab at it. Then when Someone like a Donald Trump runs for a particular office and wins, you judge him. Remember you used to like him when you thought he was like you. Now his policies speak for itself. Lowest unemployment in history for African Americans and Hispanics, More jobs have come out from this Administration than in any previous administration and we are now officially Energy Independent and much more I could list here. To be Frank, it does not matter what this President does because there is such hatred against him. I wonder if any of you could take what he and his family has had to go through for helping to get this Nation back on track. He doesn’t even take a paycheck! He donates it every quarter 🤔.

Anyhow, I would like to meet some of you and find out what changes and actions you are doing to improve your life and Community and how “We” can work together to see Transformation in this Nation take place. If you’re in agreement email me at Have a Blessed and Fruitful Day.

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Will Virginia Be Counted?

Breaking- Is there a real Humanitarian and National Security Crisis? President Trump has declared a National Emergency and rightfully so. Will the American Citizens continue to turn a deaf ear to the Crisis at our Southern Border? Has Virginia been duped by our Governor & Attorney General with Black Face and radical supporting of late term abortion and The killing of babies outside the womb? Where are the Democrats now and the “Me Too” movement with their railing accusations against Lt Governor Justin Fairfax? Was Justice done in the same way with Justice Brett Kavanaugh? Let’s wake up Virginia and America! Some things just can no longer be ignored… #BuildtheWall #VirginiaMustSee

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Celebrate President’s Day

45th President of the United States

We give honor to all Presidents past and are thankful to their service to our country. We are living in the best days of our nation and what can we do to continue to see its greatness. Our current President Donald J. Trump has pledged to “Make America Great Again”. He has kept his campaign promises and continues to make good on the ones that have not been completed: ie… Building the Wall. However, because of the lack of agreement in the Congress to fund the wall, the President has called a National Emergency because of the Humanitarian Crisis and National Security Crisis at the Southern Border. Monies will be found to complete some 500 miles along the Southern Border. With all the accomplishments:

Below are the 12 categories and 81 wins cited by the White House.

Jobs and the economy

  • Passage of the tax reform bill providing $5.5 billion in cuts and repealing the Obamacare mandate.
  • Increase of the GDP above 3 percent.
  • Creation of 1.7 million new jobs, cutting unemployment to 4.1 percent.
  • Saw the Dow Jones reach record highs.
  • A rebound in economic confidence to a 17-year high.
  • A new executive order to boost apprenticeships.
  • A move to boost computer sciences in Education Department programs.
  • Prioritizing women-owned businesses for some $500 million in SBA loans.

Killing job-stifling regulations

  • Signed an Executive Order demanding that two regulations be killed for every new one creates. He beat that big and cut 16 rules and regulations for every one created, saving $8.1 billion.
  • Signed 15 congressional regulatory cuts.
  • Withdrew from the Obama-era Paris Climate Agreement, ending the threat of environmental regulations.
  • Signed an Executive Order cutting the time for infrastructure permit approvals.
  • Eliminated an Obama rule on streams that Trump felt unfairly targeted the coal industry.

Fair trade

  • Made good on his campaign promise to withdraw from the Trans-Pacific Partnership.
  • Opened up the North American Free Trade Agreement for talks to better the deal for the U.S.
  • Worked to bring companies back to the U.S., and companies like Toyota, Mazda, Broadcom Limited, and Foxconn announced plans to open U.S. plants.
  • Worked to promote the sale of U.S products abroad.
  • Made enforcement of U.S. trade laws, especially those that involve national security, a priority.
  • Ended Obama’s deal with Cuba.

Boosting U.S. energy dominance

  • The Department of Interior, which has led the way in cutting regulations, opened plans to lease 77 million acres in the Gulf of Mexico for oil and gas drilling.
  • Trump traveled the world to promote the sale and use of U.S. energy.
  • Expanded energy infrastructure projects like the Keystone XL Pipeline snubbed by Obama.
  • Ordered the Environmental Protection Agency to kill Obama’s Clean Power Plan.
  • EPA is reconsidering Obama rules on methane emissions.

Protecting the U.S. homeland

  • Laid out new principles for reforming immigration and announced plan to end “chain migration,” which lets one legal immigrant to bring in dozens of family members.
  • Made progress to build the border wall with Mexico.
  • Ended the Obama-era “catch and release” of illegal immigrants.
  • Boosted the arrests of illegals inside the U.S.
  • Doubled the number of counties participating with Immigration and Customs Enforcement charged with deporting illegals.
  • Removed 36 percent more criminal gang members than in fiscal 2016.
  • Started the end of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival program.
  • Ditto for other amnesty programs like Deferred Action for Parents of Americans.
  • Cracking down on some 300 sanctuary cities that defy ICE but still get federal dollars.
  • Added some 100 new immigration judges.

Protecting communities

  • Justice announced grants of $98 million to fund 802 new cops.
  • Justice worked with Central American nations to arrest and charge 4,000 MS-13 members.
  • Homeland rounded up nearly 800 MS-13 members, an 83 percent one-year increase.
  • Signed three executive orders aimed at cracking down on international criminal organizations.
  • Attorney General Jeff Sessions created new National Public Safety Partnership, a cooperative initiative with cities to reduce violent crimes.


  • Trump has nominated 73 federal judges and won his nomination of Neil Gorsuch to the Supreme Court.
  • Ordered ethical standards including a lobbying ban.
  • Called for a comprehensive plan to reorganize the executive branch.
  • Ordered an overhaul to modernize the digital government.
  • Called for a full audit of the Pentagon and its spending.

Combatting opioids

  • First, the president declared a Nationwide Public Health Emergency on opioids.
  • His Council of Economic Advisors played a role in determining that overdoses are underreported by as much as 24 percent.
  • The Department of Health and Human Services laid out a new five-point strategy to fight the crisis.
  • Justice announced it was scheduling fentanyl substances as a drug class under the Controlled Substances Act.
  • Justice started a fraud crackdown, arresting more than 400.
  • The administration added $500 million to fight the crisis.
  • On National Drug Take Back Day, the Drug Enforcement Agency collected 456 tons.

Protecting life

  • In his first week, Trump reinstated and expanded the Mexico City Policy that blocks some $9 billion in foreign aid being used for abortions.
  • Worked with Congress on a bill overturning an Obama regulation that blocked states from defunding abortion providers.
  • Published guidance to block Obamacare money from supporting abortion.

Helping veterans

  • Signed the Veterans Accountability and Whistleblower Protection Act to allow senior officials in the Department of Veterans Affairs to fire failing employees and establish safeguards to protect whistleblowers.
  • Signed the Veterans Appeals Improvement and Modernization Act.
  • Signed the Harry W. Colmery Veterans Educational Assistance Act, to provide support.
  • Signed the VA Choice and Quality Employment Act of 2017 to authorize $2.1 billion in additional funds for the Veterans Choice Program.
  • Created a VA hotline.
  • Had the VA launch an online “Access and Quality Tool,” providing veterans with a way to access wait time and quality of care data.
  • With VA Secretary Dr. David Shulkin, announced three initiatives to expand access to healthcare for veterans using telehealth technology.

Promoting peace through strength

  • Directed the rebuilding of the military and ordered a new national strategy and nuclear posture review.
  • Worked to increase defense spending.
  • Empowered military leaders to “seize the initiative and win,” reducing the need for a White House sign off on every mission.
  • Directed the revival of the National Space Council to develop space war strategies.
  • Elevated U.S. Cyber Command into a major warfighting command.
  • Withdrew from the U.N. Global Compact on Migration, which Trump saw as a threat to borders.
  • Imposed a travel ban on nations that lack border and anti-terrorism security.
  • Saw ISIS lose virtually all of its territory.
  • Pushed for strong action against global outlaw North Korea and its development of nuclear weapons.
  • Announced a new Afghanistan strategy that strengthens support for U.S. forces at war with terrorism.
  • NATO increased support for the war in Afghanistan.
  • Approved a new Iran strategy plan focused on neutralizing the country’s influence in the region.
  • Ordered missile strikes against a Syrian airbase used in a chemical weapons attack.
  • Prevented subsequent chemical attacks by announcing a plan to detect them better and warned of future strikes if they were used.
  • Ordered new sanctions on the dictatorship in Venezuela.

Restoring confidence in and respect for America

  • Trump won the release of Americans held abroad, often using his personal relationships with world leaders.
  • Made good on a campaign promise to recognize Jerusalem as the capital of Israel.
  • Conducted a historic 12-day trip through Asia, winning new cooperative deals. On the trip, he attended three regional summits to promote American interests.
  • He traveled to the Middle East and Europe to build new relationships with leaders.
  • Traveled to Poland and on to Germany for the G-20 meeting where he pushed again for funding of women entrepreneurs.

As we continue to move forward, let us look to the heart and soul of the American People to uphold our Constitution and continue to hold our Elected Officials accountable. Thank you President Trump for staying true to our heart and keeping the American Citizens First.

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God bless you!

Leon Benjamin, President

Leon Benjamin, CLU President