On WTJU’s Soundboard this week, Elliott and Emily talk with host Eliza Wilson about Opportunity Zones, the provision in the 2017 Federal Tax Cuts and Jobs Act that incentivizes investment in low-income neighborhoods. That provision has helped bring a second Hyatt hotel to the Shops at Stonefield but could also support the big affordable housing projects in town, like Friendship Court, which has an update on who will be able to live there.

Listen to the show here.


Emily Hays grew up in Charlottesville and graduated from Yale in 2016. She covered growth, development, and affordable living. Before writing for Charlottesville Tomorrow, she produced a podcast on education and caste in Maharashtra, India.

Elliott Robinson has spent nearly 15 years in journalism and joined Charlottesville Tomorrow as its news editor in August 2018 through 2021. He is a graduate of Christopher Newport University.