2021 was a big year of accomplishments for the REV team! From refreshing Downtown Birmingham’s main street to hosting another year of successful Woodlawn Street Markets, we are extremely proud of the progress we were able to make over the last year. And of course, none of this would be possible without our board, investors, sponsors, and yaysayers like you. We hope this next year brings just as much positive change to the City of Birmingham and we appreciate everybody who continues to support our work along the way. Now, let’s take a look at the 2021 Annual Report and celebrate all the milestones we hit this past year! This year’s report features projects like:
- The Value of Downtown Report
- 20th Street North Refresh
- Woodlawn Marketplace
- Magic City Mural Festival
And so much more!
Click below to view the full report including financials, our 2021 investors, and our Board of Directors!
A note from David Fleming, CEO
REV strengthens places, grows businesses, and creates experiences to create vibrant places. A “vibrant” place is where authentic places and diverse people meet, which requires being intentional about creating opportunities and improving quality of life for everyone.
REV Birmingham has been in pursuit of realizing the powerful visions our communities helped us dream: Downtown is the heart and soul of the region, and Woodlawn is the hub of equitable entrepreneurship. The past two years have been stressful on our society, and the impacts of the pandemic and social justice conversations we are working through have affected the places where REV works. I believe that REV’s 2021 efforts brought each district demonstrably closer to these community goals even in the midst of trying circumstances, as you’ll see in full color as you flip through these pages.
Economic recovery is underway downtown, and REV is helping to drive it. Workers are returning to their offices, new businesses are opening, and customers are filling tables and sidewalk seating. REV gained a stronger understanding of downtown, as it is and as it can be, through our work with national consultants and downtown property owners on the Value of Downtown report. With tons of new data, we’ve set a benchmark against which we can measure ourselves each year, and we’re strategically setting our work plans around ways we know downtown can improve. From strengthening the CAP team through new leadership and more competitive recruiting, to our investments in 20th Street, Linn Park planning, and downtown branding, we are positioning our City Center to capitalize on economic recovery, The World Games, and beyond.
In Woodlawn, we are in growth mode. The City is making progress on the Bus Rapid Transit station, which will bring more foot traffic and opportunity to the historic neighborhood’s business district. We, with our partners, are making big moves to create inclusive spaces to attract more people into the commercial district. Businesses in Woodlawn are strong, and our team is intentionally strengthening community ties and helping pave the way for new entrepreneurs, especially women and Black-owned businesses, to become contributors to this community.
Thank you for being a part of our work in 2021! We hope you’ll continue supporting and investing in a better Birmingham. Here’s to a vibrant 2022, when we all welcome the world to The Magic City!
Whether you’re planning on visiting Birmingham for The World Games 2022 in just a few weeks, or you’re a local looking to explore your city and find some hidden gems, we’ve got an awesome list of public spaces for you to check out! We’ve put together a short list of some of the places we think you should check out, but we encourage you to get out and see what else you can find.
Over the past 6 months partners with the Mayor’s Office of Social Justice and Racial Equity, the Birmingham Museum of Art, The City of Birmingham Park and Recreation Board, The Friends of Linn Park, and The Philip Morris Fund for Design Arts to gather the community in a planning process the envisions what Linn Park could be for the future of our city. And now, we’re taking it one step further and getting YOUR input as well!
The Mason Music Foundation is a nonprofit helping “to empower, inspire, and enrich the lives of children in local communities through life changing musical experiences.” We sat down with Will Mason, CEO of Mason Music, to learn more about the inspiration behind the foundation, why they chose Woodlawn as one of their prime locations, and what we can expect to see from them in the near future! Plus, the foundation will be moving into the new Woodlawn Theatre soon, so keep an eye out for some musical performances coming your way!