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Wednesday, August 31st  |  Raleigh Convention Center

Our hearts are full after spending the afternoon with hardworking downtown advocates who share the common goal of revitalizing our urban core. Thank you to not only those who attended the event, but every single community member who embraces all that Downtown Raleigh has to offer on a daily basis.

Looking back on the year, we've seen undeniable improvement with many signs of growth and rebounding from the pandemic – but our work is not done yet. We will continue to advocate for our community and hold on to what makes Downtown Raleigh so special while creating space for sustainable growth.

If you haven't already, check out our State of Downtown Report which features 90-pages of comprehensive data & insights on Downtown Raleigh.

read the report here


Pre-session: Deep Dive into Downtown Raleigh's Economy

Kyle Touchstone | Raleigh Economic Development (RED)

Ikima Hicks | Kane Realty Corp.

Josh Dix | Trammell Crow Company

Johnny Hackett, Jr. |  The Black Dollar Corp.

Innovation and the Future of Downtown

Todd Olson | Pendo 

Bill Spruill | Global Data Consortium

Jason Widen | Raleigh Founded

Downtown Storefront Entrepreneurs

Sunny Gerhart | St. Roch Fine Oysters + Bar 

Julian Zarron Jacobs | Unorthodox Vintage 

LaTanya Lodge | TresLife 

Kimberly Clayton Thigpen | The Bath Place 

Lindsay Wrege | 321 Coffee

Building Experiences and Community in Downtown

Grady Bussey | John Chavis Memorial Park 

Carly Jones | Artspace 

Russ Jones | LODEN Hospitality 

Christina Coffey | Lee & Associates 

Britt Thomas | Marbles Kids Museum

Leadership Perspectives & Award Presenters

Michael Iovino | August Construction Solutions, Inc. 

Ted Klinck | Highwoods Properties, Inc. 

David Meeker | Carpenter Development, Trophy Brewing 

Rob Reid | Kane Realty Corporation 

Speaker Bios


Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

North State Bank
The Fallon Company
Williams Mullen

Bronze Sponsors