Opportunity knocking

Maurice Jones, president and CEO at Local Initiatives Support Corp., speaks during a presentation about Opportunity Zones on Thursday at the West Hawaii Civic Center. (Cameron Miculka/West Hawaii Today)

KAILUA-KONA — A federal program designed to boost investment in low-income communities could unlock a windfall for businesses in some of the nation’s poorest regions, but without much oversight written into the law, it’ll take those communities’ residents, stakeholders and policymakers working together and with investors to make it work.