The impact of historic tax credits on the revitalization in downtown Birmingham and other historic areas of Alabama is unquestioned. Our recently restored state HTC, when combined with the Federal HTC has helped make millions of dollars of investment happen. It is an incentive that brings a clear return to our cities, state and nation.
The existence of the Federal HTC is under threat. Right now, the House Republican proposal for tax reform eliminates the historic tax credit. This is despite its success over its more than 35-year history of revitalizing small towns, creating jobs and increasing economic activity, all while returning more tax revenue to the Treasury than it costs. Losing the Federal HTC will make the state HTC that we all just worked to get back much less useful and cripple revitalization efforts in downtowns.
We need you to act now to contact your member of the U.S. House of Representatives and Senate and urge them to save the historic tax credit. Go to savingplaces.org for more information and to directly contact your members of Congress.
This fall, the REV team is doing some new REV things, with a demonstration project designed to prove and improve downtown Birmingham’s market for more retail.
I believe that Birmingham is still missing something important—something that inspires people to experience downtown on foot, that can tell the story of our city and its cultures.
Sixteenth St. Baptist Church honoring its history with interactive museum opening on 56th anniversary of bombing
Sept. 15, 56 years to the day that a bomb killed four little girls— Addie Mae Collins, Denise McNair, Cynthia Wesley and Carole Robertson— a new interactive museum will open honoring the girls and the chain of events their murders set off in the Civil Rights Movement.