Opportunity Zone


City of Bethlehem Opportunity Zone Overview

On December 22, 2017, the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act (TCJA) created Qualified Opportunity Zones, a tool for promoting long-term investment in low-income communities.  An Opportunity Zone is an economically-distressed community where new investments, under certain conditions, may be eligible for preferential tax treatment. Opportunity Zones are designed to spur economic development by providing tax benefits to investors.  The federal tax bill passed at the end of December 2017 enables the governor to designate certain census tracts as Opportunity Zones. Investments made by individuals through special funds in these zones would be allowed to defer or eliminate federal taxes on capital gains. There are nearly 1,200 eligible census tracts and the governor designated 300 tracts based on economic data, recommendations from local partners, and the likelihood of private-sector investment in those tracts.

Refer to the FAQ page for more details

Federal Resources

Tax Cut and Jobs Act - OZ Legislation

CDFI OZ Web Site

CDFI list of eligible tracts by State

Proposed Rules for Investing in Qualified Opportunity Funds

State Resources

PA OZ Web Site

List of eligible tracts by County

PA OZ interactive map

3rd Party Resources

CDFA OZ Overview

Bethlehem Opportunity Zone Map


Bethlehem Overview

Bethlehem is a city in eastern Pennsylvania, United States. It lies in Northampton and Lehigh counties. Bethlehem borders with the cities of Allentown and Easton and is part of the greater Lehigh Valley community. It has a population of 74,982, according to the 2010 United States Census.

$40 Billion

GDP in Lehigh Valley





10 East Church St. Bethlehem, PA 18018

Phone: (610) 865-7085 |  econdev@bethlehem-pa.gov


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Historic Bethlehem Museums & Sites interprets three centuries of the history and culture of Bethlehem from its founding as a Moravian community in 1741 to the 21st century. By vividly telling the stories of Bethlehem’s people through well-maintained buildings and sites, rare collections that are available through exhibits and research, and electrifying educational programs, we show the zeal and commitment of Bethlehem’s community in forging our American nation.

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