OED directs this program, which is a cooperative effort among the City of Birmingham, the Birmingham Business Alliance and REV Birmingham, to market vacant buildings and sites in the City of Birmingham. The program consists of coordinated permitting and inspection procedures, a database of available buildings and sites, and specially designed business incentives. For more information contact: Janice James Douthard at (205) 254-2273, Irenio Johnson, Jr. at (205)714-8668 or Griffin Lassiter at (205) 254-3007.
Business Retention Program
OED works proactively to better understand business concerns and attitudes. The City of Birmingham generates most of its new jobs and tax base from companies which already exist in our community. This program is conducted in cooperation with the Birmingham Business Alliance and REV Birmingham. For more information contact Andrew Mayo at (205) 254-2774.
OED offers a number of state and federal economic development financing programs including the following: SBA 504, SBA 7(a), SBA, and EDA Revolving Loans. For more information contact Irenio Johnson, Jr. at (205)714-8668.
Foreign Trade Zone No. 98
OED operates a 116-acre General Purpose Zone located at the Birmingham International Airport and special purpose Manufacturing Sub-Zones serving NAACO Industries and Mercedes-Benz USA. For more information contact Andrew Mayo at (205) 254-2774.
OED staff serves as liaison to Merchants Associations to assist with various projects and promotional activities. The office works closely with REV Birmingham to revitalize the commercial areas throughout the city. For more information contact Andrew Mayo at (205) 254-2774, or Irenio Johnson, Jr. at (205)714-8668.
Industrial Parks Program
OED provides industrial park sites to new and expanding businesses. The City currently has sites available in four City-owned parks located within the City of Birmingham. OED is responsible for marketing the City’s industrial parks. For more information contact Janice James Douthard at (205) 254-2273.