Birmingham Downtown Redevelopment Authority
The Birmingham Downtown Redevelopment Authority is a public authority enabled by a 1985 law and established by the Birmingham City Council in 1986 to promote the construction, improvement, modernization and expansion of commercial buildings in Birmingham's City Center
The enabling legislation exempts the authority from laws requiring competitive bids for public contracts. Projects undertaken by Commercial Development Authorities are intended to be "self-liquidating". Originally incorporated with three members, the authority has since expanded to five members.
Members of the authority are appointed by the Birmingham City Council to serve 6-year terms, with a limit of two terms. Members must be qualified voters of the city. Public officials of the state, county or city are ineligible to serve on the authority. The authority, in turn, appoints one of the members of the Birmingham Region Community Investment Cooperative District.