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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.
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    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.


State of Downtown Raleigh 2018


  • Tuesday, April 17, 2018 8am - 10am

LOCATION: Raleigh Convention Center - 500 S Salisbury St



Each year, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) hosts the State of Downtown Raleigh to provide a comprehensive market analysis of Raleigh's Central Business District (CBD) with the intention of informing and exploring new partnerships with the investor and real estate community. This is the premier event for developers, brokers, realtors, urban planners, and economic developers whose clients would benefit from learning more about Raleigh's CBD.

The event will feature an awards ceremony recognizing new construction and rehabilitation projects completed in 2017 that significantly contributed to the identity of downtown Raleigh. Following the awards ceremony, Bill King, DRA Senior Vice President of Economic Development and Planning, will unveil the findings from the 2018 State of Downtown Raleigh report. 

The event will conclude with a panel of experts and thought leaders in downtown from various asset classes discussing the economy and dynamics of downtown Raleigh's rapid growth. The panel will include:

Ryan Blair, Vice President at Heritage Properties

Ryan Blair is Vice President at Heritage Properties, and leads all acquisitions and developments for the team.  Ryan has originated and is overseeing over $140,000,000 of projects in the Raleigh marketplace over the past two years, and is currently leading the development of the One Glenwood project in downtown Raleigh. One Glenwood is a 10 story, 230,000 SF office/retail tower, 735 space parking garage, and partnership with a 126 key boutique hotel. This phase of the project is set to be complete in the first quarter of 2019. Heritage Properties is a full-service real estate firm based in Baltimore and Raleigh, with a focus of providing investment opportunities in high quality, well located commercial real estate.  Since the sale and split of their former company, Meridian Healthcare, Heritage has developed over 6 million square feet of commercial real estate, and is currently focused on developing high-end commercial real estate within urban, walkable areas of the Carolinas and Maryland.

Katie Gailes, Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives for Wake Tech

Katie Gailes is a product of North Carolina. She was born in Granville County, grew up in Forsyth County, earned her undergraduate degree in Guilford County, her MBA in Durham County, and she now lives in Holly Springs. She attended the Bennett College for Women in Greensboro and the Duke University Fuqua School of Business. After a long career with IBM, she launched a consulting practice, which she ran full-time for six years. She was a counselor in the Growing American Through Entrepreneurship (GATE) program at the NC Rural Economic Development Center where she helped displaced workers in rural North Carolina start businesses. She is now the Director of Entrepreneurship Initiatives at Wake Tech where she runs the Wake Tech/Wells Fargo Center for Entrepreneurship (CFE).  Katie is proud to be a 2018 Triangle Business Journal Women in Business Award recipient.

Bridget Harrington, Executive Director of Innovate Raleigh

Bridget Harrington is the Executive Director of Innovate Raleigh where she helps promote and develop The Triangle’s growing entrepreneurial community by acting as a catalyst, connector and convener of innovative enterprises and thinkers. Bridget draws on two decades of leading innovative organizations as a marketing leader, business strategy consultant, and founder. Originally from Greenville, NC, Bridget graduated from the School of Media and Journalism at UNC Chapel Hill. Soon after moving to New York after college, she co-founded Syndicate Media Group, a strategic marketing agency that helped clients like Microsoft, Coca Cola, Land Rover, and Soho House develop ground-breaking experiential campaigns. Bridget then joined global financial services provider KPMG and earned an MS in Accounting from San Francisco State University.

Michael Moore, Director of Department of Transportation for City of Raleigh

Michael Moore is the recently appointed Director of Transportation for the City of Raleigh. He previously served in a similar capacity for the City of Cincinnati, Ohio as their Director of Transportation and Engineering since 2009. He also worked as Cincinnati’s City Architect, where he managed several downtown and neighborhood projects, including the street grid design for the “The Banks” riverfront redevelopment and the planning and pre-development work for the Cincinnati Streetcar. Prior to his work with in the public sector, he designed and managed several award winning architectural projects in private practice in Ohio. Michael also served as Secretary to Cincinnati’s Urban Design Review Board, and has been a juror for several Ohio design awards programs. He has been a guest speaker at several conferences including the American Public Transportation Association (APTA) Rail Conference, the Ohio Planning Conference (OPC) State Conference, and the Ohio Kentucky Indiana American Planning Association (APA) Regional Conference. He is a graduate of North Carolina State University and is a registered architect in Ohio.

Sarah Powers, Executive Director of Office of Raleigh Arts

Sarah Powers is a visual artist based in Raleigh, NC, where she is  also the Executive Director of the Office of Raleigh Arts, a part of the Parks, Recreation and Cultural Resources Department charged with fostering, supporting and promoting the arts. Previously to her tenure at the City of Raleigh, she was the Executive Director of VAE Raleigh, a non-profit in Raleigh NC dedicated to advocating for the creative community and the force behind SPARKcon. Powers is a graduate of Rhode Island School of Design. Her mixed media work focuses on industrial and rural landscapes and landscape details. She is represented locally by The Mahler Fine Art. She received a Raleigh Medal of Art in 2016 and has been given two Indies Art Awards, one for for her arts advocacy work and one for her work as a Bain Project artist. The Bain Project opened the doors of Raleigh’s historic E. B. Bain Waterworks to the public through site specific artwork.





















Alliance Architecture

AT&T North Carolina

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City Club Raleigh

Clark Nexsen

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McDonald York Building Company

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Phillips Architecture PA

Sheraton Raleigh

Stanley Martin Homes

The Glenwood Agency

TradeMark Properties

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