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Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument District Taking Shape

by Ivan W. Holloway, Executive Director

Urban Impact Executive Director, Ivan W. Holloway participated in the National Park Service’s “Foundation Document Workshop” October 17-19, 2017, hosted by Birmingham Civil Rights Institute (BCRI). This intensive three-day workshop was led by various representatives of National Park Service (NPS). The purpose of the workshop was to bring together an interdisciplinary team to develop a foundation document for park planning and management. The workshop drew more than 20 participants to the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument. “This was truly an enriching experience for me and the district” said Ivan Holloway“, each team theme sparked a number of new ideas to contribute to the preservation and interpretive opportunities throughout the district.” As the NPS continues its planning for the Birmingham Civil Rights National Monument, Urban Impact will begin its work with stakeholders and partners to address the surrounding ancillary economic development needs that will lead to a richer visitor experience through new program development such as a façade improvement and streetscape initiative, a microloan program, a street market and the recruitment of specialty businesses to support tourism just to name a few.

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