• F.A.Q

    You've got questions, we've got answers!

    1. What is Urban Impact?

    Urban Impact is the economic development engine for the Historic 4th Avenue Business District and the greater Civil Rights District, a nationally renowned destination district in the city of Birmingham. This prime development area is home to the Alabama Jazz Hall of Fame/Carver Theater, the Birmingham Civil Rights Institute, Birmingham Civil Rights Activist Committee, Eddie Kendricks Memorial Park. Kelly Ingram Park and the historic Sixteenth Street Baptist Church, and tourists and visitors to various parts of the district exceed 140,000 annually.

    2. What does Urban Impact do?

    Urban Impact provides services to private-sector clients who are considering locating or expanding their business in the district.

    3. How long has Urban Impact been here

    Urban Impact has been in the district since 1980. Please visit our About Page for more information.

    4. Is Urban Impact a non-profit?

    Urban Impact is a non-profit organization receiving funding from various sources to assist in the economic development of the 4th Avenue business corridors and the greater Civil Rights District.

    5. Is Urban Impact open for tours on weekends?

    Not usually, but on a case-by-case basis, and by appointment only, we have made our facility available on weekends.  Please contact us for more information.

    6. What events does Urban Impact have available for the community?

    What was formerly known as 1st Fridays in Kelly Ingram Park, we host a series of musical events from June through September. We also host the 4th Avenue Christmas Parade and various Black History events. Urban Impact is also often a sponsor for other community events as well. Please check back with us often or our website for future events.

    7. To whom does a potential merchant contact about available space in the district?

    Potential merchants can call the Urban Impact office to receive a list of space available, if applicable or see our website.

    8. What services are available for merchants and business owners in the district?

    Some of the services we offer include assisting merchants with lease agreements, applying for tax identification numbers, general clerical assistance and marketing resources. Individual counseling, workshops, financial product reviews and information exchange for merchants is also available.​

    9. What area is considered “The District” and is there expansion on the horizon?

    The 4th Avenue District covers 18th Street North to 15th Avenue North, Abraham Woods Blvd to 3rd Avenue North. Please contact our office for specific questions concerning boundaries and future expansion.

    10. What types of businesses are you looking to locate in the District?

    You name it! Currently the district is home to a number of eateries and retail shops, expanding on the theme of entertainment and retail to support the growth of the tourism industry is one opportunity. Other opportunities include professional services, technology and nonprofit agencies.