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Release Date: Wednesday, January 11th 2017

Christopher Beynon to speak on Equitable Economic Development Strategies at DRA’s 2017 Annual Meeting

RALEIGH, NC (January 11, 2017) – The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) is pleased to have an international leader in the transformation of urban environments, Christopher Beynon, as the keynote speaker for their 2017 Annual Meeting and Downtown Achievement Awards Ceremony, presented by PNC on Thursday, February 16 from 5:30 pm until 8 pm at the Raleigh Convention Center.

DRA President and CEO, David Diaz, says Beynon offers unique insight on how an inclusive and equitable economic development strategy will drive the success of cities of the future.  “We’re looking forward to hearing how he can use these ideas as a call-to-action to help secure the economic future of downtown Raleigh.”

Beynon is a principal at the Berkeley-based design firm MIG and 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.  He 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.

The event will celebrate the individuals, businesses, and organizations whose contributions are making a significant impact on the renaissance of downtown Raleigh.  DRA has titled this year’s annual meeting as “All In: Creating the Inclusive City,” in order to showcase the diverse and welcoming nature of downtown Raleigh.

Beynon will be available for phone interviews prior to the event and for in-person interviews the day of the event.  To schedule an interview with Mr. Beynon, please contact Danny Vivenzio at danny.vivenzio@downtownRaleigh.org.

Pre-event registration is open through Tuesday, February 7.  Admission costs $80 for DRA members and $95 for non-members.  Limited on-site admission will be available for $120. To register or learn more information, please visit www.YouRHere.com/AnnualMeeting.

Thank you to our sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor:

Achievement Awards Sponsor:

Platinum Sponsors:
Amazing Studios; American Audio Visual; Highwoods Properties; Poyner Spruill; Raleigh Convention Center; Triangle Business Journal; and UNC Rex Healthcare

Gold Sponsors:
18 Seaboard; ABC 11; Blue Cross and Blue Shield of North Carolina; CBRE  |  Raleigh; Clark Nexsen; CPI Security Systems; Duke Energy; Hyde Street Holdings, LLC; iHeartMedia; JDavis; JLL; Kane Realty Corporation; SunTrust Bank; and Triangle Downtowner Magazine

Silver Sponsors:

Alexander Family YMCA; Alfred Williams & Company; Allied Universal; AT&T North Carolina; August Construction Solutions, Inc.; Blue Ridge Realty; Bordeaux Construction Inc. / RATIO; CALYX Engineers + Consultants; Campbell University School of Law; CE Rental; Citrix; City Club Raleigh; Clancy & Theys Construction Company; Coastal Federal Credit Union; ColeJenest & Stone; Cushman & Wakefield; Deco Raleigh; Duke Raleigh Hospital; First Citizens Bank; 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; Ipreo; LS3P; Michelin OnSite; NC Retail Merchants Association; North State Bank; Parker Poe; Raleigh Marriott City Center; Ray Price Harley-Davidson; Rodgers Builders; Shaw University; Spectrum Properties; Stewart; Table of Contents; Taxi Taxi; TradeMark Properties; US Foods; William Mullen; Womble Carlyle; WRAL-TV; and York Properties





About Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA):
DRA is an award-winning nonprofit organization whose mission is to continue the revitalization of Raleigh’s downtown. The Alliance enhances the quality of life and positively impacts the economic success of downtown through six core services:  1. Safety and Hospitality Ambassadors; 2. Strategic Branding & Community Communications; 3. Events Production; 4. Retail Attraction & Merchant Promotions; 5. Strategic Partnerships & Stakeholder Engagement; and 6. Strategic Planning. For more information about DRA, please visit www.YouRHere.com