North Nampa's Opportunity Zone


Opportunity Zones are defined by the IRS as “an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment." 

In the spring of 2018, Governor Otter named North Nampa one of Idaho’s 28 Opportunity Zones.

Opportunity Zones are a new economic development tool which provides tax incentives for investors to develop in targeted areas. The tax benefits include deferring and reducing capital gains on a sliding scale based on length of time the property is held. Tax incentives are outlined on the IRS website.

Economic & Community Development Director Beth Ineck said, “North Nampa is one of our oldest neighborhoods and has not seen significant investment activity for many years. Designating North Nampa as an Opportunity Zone provides investors an opportunity to offset floodway related costs and potential challenges associated with older structures.”


Robyn Sellers
Economic & Community Development Director
City of Nampa
(208) 468-5416

[email protected]

Helpful Links

  • North Nampa Opportunity Zone map (click here)
  • Proposed Implementation Regulations (click here)
  • Frequently Asked Questions - IRS (click here)
  • Idaho Department of Commerce Oct. 3, 2018 presentation (click here)


Executive Order Information

  • Event Video: President Donald Trump Participates in Signing Event for an Executive Order (click here)
  • News Article: NYT: Trump To Steer More Money To Opportunity Zones (click here)

Opportunity Zones Background

Opportunity Zones, created by the 2017 Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, were designed to spur investment in distressed communities throughout the country through tax benefits. Under a nomination process completed in June, 8,761 communities in all 50 states, the District of Columbia and five U.S. territories were designated as qualified Opportunity Zones. Opportunity Zones retain their designation for 10 years. Investors may defer tax on almost any capital gain up to Dec. 31, 2026 by making an appropriate investment in a zone, making an election after December 21, 2017, and meeting other requirements. In October, the U.S. Department of the Treasury and the IRS released proposed regulations on Opportunity Zones designed to incentivize investment in American communities. The Treasury Department plans on issuing additional guidance before the end of the year after notice and comment.


“[O]ur tax bill also creates new opportunity zones rewarding those who invest in distressed communities and create more jobs for those who have, too often, simply been left behind.” – President Donald J. Trump

CREATING OPPORTUNITY FOR ALL: President Donald J. Trump is encouraging investment to create opportunity in distressed communities. 

President Trump is signing an Executive Order establishing the White House Opportunity and Revitalization Council. The Council will be chaired by the Secretary of Housing and Urban Development, Ben Carson, and comprised of 13 Federal agencies.

The Council will engage with all levels of government on ways to better use taxpayer dollars to revitalize low-income communities.

The Council will improve revitalization efforts by streamlining, coordinating, and targeting existing Federal programs to economically distressed areas, including Opportunity Zones.

Lack of coordination and targeting has led to cumbersome applications, program waste, and ineffective benefits.

The Council will consider legislative proposals and undertake regulatory reform to remove barriers to revitalization efforts.

The Council will present the President with a number of reports identifying and recommending ways to encourage investment in economically distressed communities.


ENCOURAGING INVESTMENT: Opportunity Zones will spur private investment to revitalize hurting communities and unleash their economic potential

In 2017, President Trump signed the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, which established Opportunity Zones to incentivize long-term investments in low-income communities across the country.

These incentives offer capital gains tax relief to investors for new investment in designated Opportunity Zones.

Opportunity Zones are anticipated to spur $100 billion in private capital investment.

See Treasury Released Proposed Regulations on Opportunity Zones Designed to Incentivize Investment in American Communities

Incentivizing investment in low-income communities fosters economic revitalization and job creation, and promotes sustainable economic growth across the Nation.


LIFTING UP COMMUNITIES: Opportunity Zones help drive economic growth and lift up communities that have been left behind.

Opportunity Zones are a powerful vehicle for bringing economic growth and job creation to the American communities that need them the most.

On average, the median family income in an Opportunity Zone is 37 percent below the state median.

The average poverty rate in an Opportunity Zone is 32 percent, compared with the national rate of 17 percent.

  • 8,761 communities in all 50 States, the District of Columbia, and 5 Territories have been designated as Opportunity Zones.
  • Nearly 35 million Americans live in communities designated as Opportunity Zones.