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    Mixed media artist and clothing designer Marie Cordella is just one of the 40 artists whose work can be viewed at ArtSpace, a visual art center that features 23 open studios, three exhibition galleries, lectures, classes and many other stimulating art events.
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    North Carolina State Capitol
    The North Carolina State Capitol, completed in 1840, is one of the finest and best-preserved examples of a major civic building in the Greek Revival style of architecture. It is a National Historic Landmark.
  • What's This?
    Blount Street was once home to rich industrialists and prominent civic leaders, as evidenced by these beautiful, historic homes. Nearby Blount Street Commons, currently under construction, will soon add even more residences, retail shops and parks.
  • What's This?
    Father and Son Antiques
    Father and Son Antiques is home to a bounty of collectables and oddities, from mid-century designs and vintage threads to '50s kitch, tiki, mod, and much more.
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    Wachovia IMAX Theater
    This architectural sculpture marks the entrance of the Wachovia IMAX Theater at Marbles Kids Museum, which provides a larger-than-life movie experience for kids of all ages.
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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.


Release Date: Tuesday, March 8th 2016

What Makes Raleigh one of the Fastest Growing Downtowns in the U.S.?

What Makes Raleigh one of the Fastest Growing Downtowns in the U.S.?


RALEIGH, NC (March 8, 2016) –Join the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) at the Raleigh Convention Center on Tuesday, April 26 from 8 am-10 am for the State of Downtown Raleigh 2016: An In-Depth Look at One of America’s Fastest Growing Downtowns.  Pre-registration admission costs $20 for DRA members and $30 for non-members.


The event highlights market trends that impact downtown Raleigh’s rapid growth and future development. Each attendee will receive a hard copy of the State of Downtown report, a comprehensive market analysis for investors to learn about trends, data, demographics, projections, and analysis of downtown Raleigh.


“This report and event help showcase all the growth and exciting developments in one of fastest growing downtowns in the U.S. The information presented in the State of Downtown report is used throughout the year by the real estate community, small business owners, companies, media, and the general public to educate themselves on downtown and make important decisions regarding investments here,” says DRA Planning and Development Manager Bill King.”


A panel of experts and thought leaders in downtown, including James Sauls, Economic Development Manager for the City of RaleighBrent Francese, co-owner and general manager of local retailer RunologieJason Widen, co-founder of Forward Impact, and co-founder and executive director of HQ Raleigh; and Anne Stoddard, Director of Development for Grubb Properties; will analyze the market trends from their own perspective. 


DRA is also recognizing the following businesses and organizations for their investments in downtown Raleigh in 2015:


107 Fayetteville St
421 Fayetteville Street Building Redevelopment/Bank of America Building
Charter Square
Death and Taxes/Bridge Club
Holy Trinity Anglican Church
The L
The Lincoln
Peace Street Townes
The Raleigh Beer Garden
SkyHouse Raleigh
Taverna Agora Greek Kitchen & Bar
The Ten at South Person


DRA is expecting more than 500 attendees to this year’s event.  Pre-registration is open until Tuesday, April 19.





Thank you to our sponsors and partners


Imprint Award Sponsor:

Dominion Realty Partners, LLC


August Construction Solutions, Inc.


Kimley-Horn, Poyner Spruill, Stanley Martin Homes


LS3P, Avison Young, CBRE, ClarkNexsen, Colliers, JDavis, NAI Carolantic, North State Bank, TradeMark Properties, York Properties


CCIM, Raleigh Regional Association of Realtors, Triangle Commercial Association of Realtors, Triangle Crew, Urban Land Institute



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, Hospitality & Clean 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.