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This event is postponed to a later date in light of recent updates and guidelines surrounding COVID-19. We will update this page as we confirm a new date for later in the year with our partners and speakers. 

We will be issuing refunds for all ticket sales of this event. For any other questions, please email David Moore at


Shaping Our Downtown

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Downtown Raleigh Alliance presents Shaping Our Downtown, a new speaker series for Downtown Raleigh’s leaders, thinkers, and doers. This series aims to provide space for addressing downtown's most relevant issues, and this first session is designed to bring together business leaders and private sector entities to learn how best to be involved in creating actionable solutions to downtown's growing need for affordable housing.

Featuring experienced professionals from local industries and beyond, this thrice-yearly event will inform, enlighten, and challenge attendees to collaborate and connect on meaningful topics in order to achieve positive growth and shape our downtown for the future.

Designing Affordable Housing Solutions through Private Sector Partnerships and Participation

Wednesday, March 18, 2020
4:00 pm - 6:00 pm
Transfer Co. Ballroom
500 E Davie St

As more people move to Downtown Raleigh daily, insuring affordable housing is available in downtown is at the forefront of conversations around our city. And solutions won't be developed by any one industry. Private sector support, design, and partnerships are essential to working toward a solution.

Join us to learn from experts in architecture, investment, development, as well as major companies in the region, in how the business and private sectors can develop cross-organizational partnerships to help design a better community for all.

Take away actionable ideas for how you, your industry, and the wider private sector can be integral parts of designing solutions to Downtown Raleigh's affordable housing question.

Please note: In order to ensure community-wide participation and create a welcome environment, scholarships are available to guarantee cost does not prohibit anyone from attending this event. Please contact Kathleen Louis at for details.


Registration and Networking


Presentation 1 - Noah Morris | Principal, JDavis: Using intentional architecture and design to achieve affordable housing - including best practices and key takeaways

Presentation 2 - Tucker Bartlett & Brika Eklund | Self-Help Ventures Fund: Durham's Affordable Housing Successes - How structured financing and multi-layered partnerships support and create opportunities through DAHLF and Willard Street Apartments

Presentation 3 - Sharon Moe & Sean Nock | North State Bank: Participation from employers and companies - identifying opportunities for regional companies to participate

Moderated Panel Discussion with Natalie Britt - Vice President of Real Estate Development at DHIC - and three presenters as panelists

Conclusion/Thank You