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INYOAG OZ FUNDING CAPTURES AMERICA ’ S TOP
PROJECT AWARD IN DENVER
By Opportunity Zone Magazine Staff
Jack Stone is the CEO of Inyoag OZ Funding LLC , based in Darwin , California . His Inyoag OZ ’ s project earned the title of America ’ s Top Project during the Opportunity Zone Expo in Denver in July . Pitched to a panel of OZ judges at the inaugural America ’ s Top Project competition , the project features the revival of a dormant large-scale mining operation . Stone shares the story behind the award-winning project , its contributions to the community the company ’ s future plans .
WHAT IS THE INYOAG OZ ’ S PROJECT ALL ABOUT ?
The reopening of the Darwin Mine is bringing domestic production of EV minerals and critical minerals home in an environmentally sensitive way with environmental social governance , and restoring economic prosperity to the County of Inyo , California .
WHAT DO YOU HOPE TO ACHIEVE WITH YOUR PROJECT ?
We hope to not only produce the minerals needed for agriculture , energy , and defense but to build a state-of-the-art hydrometallurgical facility to refine the products for domestic consumption .
WHAT DID IT MEAN FOR YOU TO WIN ?
We were happy to be recognized as America ’ s Top Project ; it has been a long road . We also were delighted others recognized our project ’ s positive impact on Inyo County and our country .
WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU LIKE TO GIVE OTHER COMPANIES COMPETING IN UPCOMING COMPETITIONS ?
The only advice we can offer is to know your project inside and out before asking for investments .