Kim Lee, an alumnae of Create Birmingham’s CO.STARTERS program, recently opened her new coworking space in downtown Birmingham to much excitement and media attention. Located on the mezzanine level of The Pizitz, Forge provides new entrepreneurs with the flexibility needed to properly scale their businesses as well as an environment that encourages collaboration and networking. Earlier coworking concepts, like REV’s SocialVenture hub in Woodlawn, helped demonstrate the need for these spaces, especially in Birmingham’s historic neighborhoods and commercial districts. The opening of Forge helps amplify the response to that need and further enriches our city’s emerging “culture of entrepreneurship.”
In just a few short months, four full offices have been leased and more than 40 members have joined, further demonstrating the impact of our growing entrepreneurial ecosystem. To meet demand, Kim will expand Forge to include a total of 18 private offices. To find out more about their member benefits or free events like their upcoming seminar series, visit http://workatforge.com or drop in to schedule a tour.
At REV, we also love seeing the added vibrancy on the street as patrons enjoy outdoor dining in our beautiful city. As indoor dining reopens, cities across the country are realizing that ending expanded outdoor dining could mean leaving money on the table.
Although the Greyhound Bus Terminal was renovated in the ’70s, many original elements of the building remained and have now been become historic highlights in the present-day adaptive reuse project. Join us on a photo tour of the historic space!
This is obviously good for downtown… but why *exactly*? Here’s REV President & CEO David Fleming’s take on what the move means for downtown Birmingham’s place in the world now and in the future.