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Wednesday, August 31st  |  Raleigh Convention Center

The State of Downtown celebrates individuals, businesses, and organizations whose contributions are making a significant impact on Downtown Raleigh. Join us and be the first to hear in-depth market analysis and trends of Raleigh's Central Business District shared through compelling data, visuals, and real stories from Downtown businesses. Attendees also will receive a copy of the 2022 State of Downtown report. This is one of the most attended business and networking events in Raleigh every year!

Join us before the main event for our Pre-Session Panel. You’ll hear from a group of real estate experts who will break down trends and weigh in on projections for Downtown Raleigh’s growing economy. Attendees can purchase a ticket to this session for an additional cost of only $40 per registrant*.

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If you purchase your ticket in the next week, you could be one of 10 people selected to win a $50 Downtown Raleigh Prize Pack. It includes gift cards from some of your favorite Downtown Raleigh restaurants, Raleigh-themed swag and more. 

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  • (2:00 pm-3:00 pm) Pre-session
  • (3:00 pm-3:45 pm) Reception
  • (3:45 pm-5:00 pm) State of Downtown Program


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

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Presenting Sponsor

Gold Sponsors

Silver Sponsors

North State Bank
The Fallon Company
Williams Mullen

Bronze Sponsors