The Project Astra plan is “15 for the 15” which means investing 15% of our infrastructure spending for the benefit of the approximately 15% of people living in poverty in America. Adding infrastructure spending to Opportunity Zones will also rapidly drive more private investors into said Opportunity Zones, in turn bringing economic growth for the local citizens.
In 2018 alone, the Federal Government invested $492 billion into infrastructure. 15% represents $73.8 billion in annual investment for opportunity zones. Project Astra’s plan would require State and local agencies, should they elect to receive federal funds, to also commit 15% annually to infrastructure investment in their respective Opportunity Zones.