Downtowns across the country are experiencing tremendous economic challenges from the impact of COVID-19. Our small business owners are grappling with uncontrollable factors—finding ways to pivot their model and continuing to provide goods and services in a time when downtown’s employment centers are closed and foot traffic is minimal.
Since mid-March the REV team has doubled down on our core values of community leads and daring problem solving by engaging, listening and deploying strategies to support and sustain the small business community. The vibrancy of downtown is incumbent on their wellbeing and longevity.
REV’s team has pulled together a whitepaper to record our observations, analysis and recommendations for increasing vibrancy downtown in this crisis. This report is intended to communicate qualitative and quantitative data along with business intelligence gathered from boots-on-the-ground conversations between REV team members and downtown stakeholders.
Our hope is this report will inform and guide the development of strategies to meet the urgent needs of our downtown business owners in an effort to minimize the damage we’re facing as a city.
REV’s CEO David Fleming and Director of Business Recruitment and Growth Taylor Clark Jacobson introduced this report to a group of downtown stakeholders via Zoom on Thursday, July 16. Watch the full announcement:
Questions about the report?
This research and analysis is just the beginning: It’s an important foundation from which to start. Set up time with our team to discuss our findings and recommendations plus how you can plug in.
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This Friday, May 20th, we will be having a (20th) Street Party (which you can read more about here) to celebrate the end of our Birmingham Green Refresh! While this certainly calls for a celebration, the party doesn’t stop there. We will still be adding some finishing touches to the street after the (20th) Street Party. These additional touches will help make Birmingham’s main street more vibrant, interactive, and efficient! Additions will include smart trash cans, free libraries, street performers, and more!
We’ve talked about sports, but downtown has so much more to offer! Downtown Birmingham has so many experiences in store for you, which can also turn into life-long memories. And lucky for you, we’ve created a tool to make all that exploring so much easier!