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    North Carolina State Capitol
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    Catch 22
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    Dos TaQuitos Centro
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    Father and Son Antiques
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    Wachovia IMAX Theater
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    Knockabout is a unique gift shop for the creative class featuring items you won't find in any mall. Many of the crafts are made by talented North Carolina artisans. Be sure to visit the bakery and try one of their freshly made cookies.
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    Raleigh Times Bar
    The Raleigh Times Bar is located in the beautifully restored 100-year-old former home of the city's evening newspaper. Featuring creative takes on classic bar fare, and an amazing beer selection.


DRA Annual Meeting + Downtown Achievement Awards Ceremony, presented by PNC


  • Thursday, February 16, 2017 5:30 pm - 8 pm

LOCATION: Raleigh Convention Center - 500 S Salisbury St

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) cordially invites you to its Annual Meeting + Downtown Achievement Awards Ceremony, presented by PNC, to celebrate individuals, businesses, and organizations whose contributions are making a significant impact on the downtown renaissance.  Join us for the premier networking event for stakeholders and community advocates interested in supporting a vibrant downtown.  Throughout the evening you will hear directly from our leadership team about the role DRA plays in the revitalization of the center city and celebrate downtown's progress with those that share a vested interest in its growth. As downtown experiences this exponential growth, help us in our effort towards inclusivity and gain valuable insight from our keynote speaker on this important topic.

About the keynote speaker:

Christopher Beynon is an international leader in the transformation of our urban environments. A principal at the Berkeley-based design firm MIG, he has led planning, urban design and economic development projects that have resulted in real change for cities large and small throughout North America, including Denver, Boston, Anchorage, Winnipeg, Charlotte, Spokane, Dallas and Calgary. Chris uses his knowledge of cutting edge trends, quantitative analysis, dynamic imagery and energetic storytelling to help communities discover their own distinct paths toward future success.










5:30 pm-6:30 pm:  Networking
6:30 pm-8 pm:  Dinner & Program
8 pm-9 pm:  After-Party

Registration:  Click HERE to register now
Pre-Registration Admission (through Tuesday, February 7):  DRA members-$80 / Non DRA members-$95
Reserve a table of 8:  $600
Reserve a table of 10:  $700
On-site Admission:  $120

Who should attend:

  • Business and property owners whose success is aided by an attractive, healthy and vital downtown economic engine.
  • Retailers and restaurateurs who recognize that a healthy and prosperous business community will increase sales and traffic to their business and that cooperative partnerships provide opportunities to develop new customers and relationships.
  • Corporate executives who understand that the success of nearby commercial districts helps attract and maintain a quality workforce.
  • Business professionals, managers, consultants, developers, lawyers, accountants and others who share our vision for the future of downtown Raleigh.
  • Residents who take pride in downtown Raleigh and understand that people really make a difference in shaping the future of the place they call home.
  • Government employees and elected officials whose daily contributions support a prosperous city.
  • Non-profit organizations who know that a healthy community can only improve the economic environment in which they operate and seek funding support.
  • Individuals who understand the importance of a friendly, welcoming and safe business district for the benefit of the entire community.
  • Community advocates who support downtown businesses and who have developed personal and professional relationships with businesses that are located here.




Thank you to our Sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:


Achievement Awards Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsors:





Gold Sponsors:

18 Seaboard

ABC 11

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina

CBRE  |  Raleigh

Clark Nexsen

CPI Security Systems

Duke Energy

Greene Resources

Hyde Street Holdings, LLC




Kane Realty Corporation

SunTrust Bank

Triangle Downtowner Magazine


Silver Sponsors:

Alexander Family YMCA

Alfred Williams & Company

Allied Universal

AT&T North Carolina

August Construction Solutions, Inc.

Balfour Beatty Construction

Blue Ridge Realty

Bordeaux Construction Inc./RATIO

CALYX Engineers + Consultants

Campbell University School of Law

CE Rental


City Club Raleigh

Clancy & Theys Construction Company

Coastal Federal Credit Union

ColeJenest & Stone

Cushman & Wakefield

Deco Raleigh

Duke Raleigh Hospital

Food Lion

French | West | Vaughan

Friends of the North Carolina Museum and Natural Sciences

Greater Raleigh Chamber of Commerce

Hampton Inn & Suites by Hilton - Raleigh Downtown @ Glenwood South

Hibernian Hospitality Group

Hobby Properties



Michelin OnSite

Nando Media Company

NC Retail Merchants Association

North State Bank

Raleigh Marriott City Center

Ray Price Harley-Davidson

Rodgers Builders

Shaw University

Spectrum Properties


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Taxi Taxi

TradeMark Properties

US Foods

Williams Mullen

Womble Carlyle


York Properties