THE BIRMINGHAM APPROACH: A COMMUNITY ASSET-BASED MODEL
Birmingham secured 24 Opportunity Zones that touch 77 of our 99 neighborhoods.
The Investing in Opportunity Act stated that the Chief Executive Officer of each state could select no more than 25% of eligible OZ areas for designation. We learned this and immediately began working with partners in the private sector, major academic institutions, community leaders and small business owners to co-create a model that would place Birmingham in a position to secure as many Opportunity Zones as possible.
Birmingham had approximately 69 eligible census tracts. To ensure that the Opportunity Zone program was focused on neighborhood revitalization and quality job growth, we identified and inventoried six different categories of community and economic development assets throughout the our city. These were assets we determined could catalyze development and attract investment.
Importantly, we also wanted to make sure we didn't exclude areas that had been severely distressed in the past, so we made sure poverty did not bias our model.
Our proposal was submitted to the Governor's office with 28 letters of community support. Click here to see our full proposal.
1. Post-Secondary Educational Institutions
2. Accelerators, Incubators, and Co-Working Spaces
3. Commercial Business Districts
4. City-Owned Assets & Brownfield Sites
5. Transit Line Access
6. Bus Rapid Transit Stops
7. Foreign Trade Zones
SEARCH OUR OPPORTUNITY ZONES
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