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.
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.