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!
The Rainbow Viaduct, one of Birmingham’s oldest bridges, has been transporting people between the south and north sides of downtown for more than 130 years! Now as we look toward its future, you’ll see a pilot project on the bridge to make it more pedestrian and cyclist friendly while we determine the best next steps.
NiEl' Atelier Grand Opening Showcases Inspirational Journey of Ukrainian Family Achieving the American Dream
In less than a year after arriving in the United States, the Vyshyvanyuk family, who recently fled from Ukraine, is now launching NiEl’ Bridal Atelier, a custom wedding dress and alterations business in Forest Park. Olena and Mykola Vyshyvanyuk, along with their three children – Viktoriia Vyshyvanyuk, Eva Vyshyvanyuk, and Loanna Vyshyvanyuk – made the courageous decision to leave Ukraine on November 7, 2022. This family’s inspiring story serves as a testament to the boundless opportunities that small businesses can achieve in Birmingham.
Are you a startup looking for a foot in the door? Did you know we have an accelerator program that helps founders begin their entrepreneurial journey right here in the Switch district? TechStars is a dynamic three-month program that empowers entrepreneurs in their quest to discover product-market fit, gain traction, and access both capital and global mentorship. Operating in more than 30 cities worldwide, Techstars added Birmingham as a host for their energy-focused cohort.