Downtown Raleigh lies at the heart of the Triangle, the fastest growing metropolitan region in the Carolinas. For businesses, residents and visitors alike, downtown is the urban center of the region, an incredible place to live, work and play.
With a population of over 405,000, Raleigh is the second largest city in the Carolinas. It is also the fastest growing major city in the state, adding more than 10,000 residents annually. The rapidly expanding Raleigh metro area, with 1,235,000 residents, has more than doubled its population since 1970. Downtown Raleigh is comprised of 110 blocks, while the city of Raleigh covers 126 square miles.
Downtown Raleigh Alliance
DRA is an award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to continue the revitalization of Raleigh’s downtown by enhancing its quality of life and contributing to its economic success. On a day-to-day basis, DRA provides six core services designed to support its primary stakeholders (property owners, government officials, business owners):
1. Safety, Hospitality & Clean Ambassadors
2. Strategic Branding & Community Communications
3. Special Events Production
4. Retail Attraction & Merchant Promotions
5. Strategic Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement
6. Strategic Planning
To further contribute to downtown's economic success, the DRA has produced the following merchant programs and special events, driving business to downtown Raleigh establishments: