REV Birmingham is an economic development organization founded on November 15, 2012 with the merger of Operation New Birmingham and Main Street Birmingham. It is supported by private donations, revenues from programs, and public funding in the form of allocations from the City of Birmingham's general fund ($725,000 in 2015) and federal grants.
The organization's purpose is to promote "catalytic development" (services to real estate developers and management of properties owned by REV), small-scale and large-scale business growth and retention, and revitalization of the City Center as well as neighborhoods and commercial districts across the city. Until 2016 the organization also promoted "racial harmony" through its maintenance of a long-standing "Community Affairs Committee".
Wherever feasible, the organization focuses its efforts on facilitating implementation of development plans such as "Blueprint Birmingham" and the Birmingham Comprehensive Plan. REV's "Co.Starters" program works with potential start-up businesses. It manages an "Urban Food Project" and the Zyp bike share program as community development projects.
- Walsh, Alex (November 15, 2012) "REV Birmingham, product of ONB/Main Street merger, debuts." The Birmingham News
- Poe, Ryan (November 16, 2012) "Newly dubbed REV Birmingham set sights on growth." Birmingham Business Journal
- Owens, Cody & Sam Prickett (May 18, 2016) "Deconstructing REV: Part One." Weld for Birmingham
- REV Birmingham website