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Downtown Raleigh Alliance honors businesses, individuals
2/29/2012: .

The Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA), the official nonprofit organization designated to continue to revitalize downtown Raleigh by enhancing the investments of the public and private sectors, presented two individual Achievement Awards and five Imprint Awards during its annual meeting last week at the Raleigh Convention Center.


More than 600 people attended the DRA 2012 annual meeting and Achievement Awards ceremony. DRA showcased the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations that helped energize Raleigh's vibrant urban core in 2011. Roger Brooks, president of Destination Development International, was the featured guest speaker. He highlighted the key ingredients of outstanding destinations and how to build upon downtown Raleigh's momentum and successes.
Five recently completed downtown development projects were presented with prestigious Imprint Awards, which recognize and celebrate significant contributions to the ever-evolving identity of downtown Raleigh. The projects and award recipients included the Contemporary Art Museum of Raleigh, Alfred Williams & Co. Headquarters, The Cornershop (Ashley Christensen Restaurants), The Wilmoore Building (Carter Worthy and Tom Hester), and AIA North Carolina Center for Architecture and Design.


In addition, two other special awards were presented to individuals who have made major impacts on downtown's on-going transformation. The Distinguished Leadership Award was presented to Charles Meeker, former mayor. The award honored Meeker as an extraordinary individual whose involvement and contribution to making downtown vibrant have been realized through a lifetime. The Downtown Advocate Award was presented to Robert Pearce Jr., assistant zoning enforcement administrator with the City of Raleigh. The award recognizes Pearce's outstanding advocacy and commitment, which positively impacted downtown in 2011.


To learn more about DRA and its efforts, visit