- AWARD WON: 2015 Bright Idea
- AWARDEE: RISE
- DESIGNEE: City of Birmingham, AL
- JURISDICTION: Alabama
RISE is a comprehensive neighborhood stabilization plan, which endeavors to remove blight, increase value, strengthen neighborhoods, and empower residents. This plan combines a strategic approach to stabilization and revitalization, while spurring residents in conjunction with its local municipality, to reinvest in their neighborhoods and overall communities by offering education and tangible answers to the issue of blight, population decline, and profuse vacancy. RISE is ultimately a replicable framework that encompasses a set of tools that address the underlying causes and effects of blight as well as prevents it from proliferating. When implemented in conjunction with other local revitalization efforts, RISE can catalyze sustainable growth in at-risk communities across the city.