Join us for the premier networking event for stakeholders and community advocates interested in supporting a vibrant and more connected downtown. Connectivity is particularly important as plans take shape to adjoin Dorothea Dix Park, the city’s most expansive green space, to downtown Raleigh. Help us in our effort to create connected spaces and gain valuable insight on the opportunities that await. Take advantage of this time to CONNECT with fellow downtowners as we explore the growth of our community.
Enjoy a candid conversation with #1 New York Times bestselling authors JOHN GRISHAM and JOHN HART about the imagination and creativity of writing thrillers, hosted by D.G. Martin of UNC-TV’s North Carolina Bookwatch.
HART was the first to win two consecutive Edgar Allen Poe Awards for Best Mystery Novel – Down River and The Last Child. Building on the world first seen in The Last Child, The Hush explores friendship, persistence and forgotten power. A signed copy of The Hush is included with admission.
GRISHAM’s novels have been translated into 48 languages and sold more than 300 million copies. Nine of his novels including The Firm, The Client, The Pelican Brief, and A Time to Kill have been adapted into feature films. His newest legal thriller The Rooster Bar takes you inside a law firm that’s on shaky ground.
The City of Raleigh Museum is proud to gather prominent members of our community in a special event featuring discussion of the key decisions that have helped make Raleigh what it is today. During the “Big Decisions Forum,” panelists will discuss “hot topics” such as the city’s creation as a planned community in 1792; the construction of major centers like Crabtree Valley, Cameron Village and North Hills; the merger of city and county schools and integration of the school system; and the Fayetteville Street renaissance. They’ll also talk about the “Big Decisions” we are grappling with today—including Dix Park, Union Station, the Wake Transit Plan—that will change the trajectory of the city in the future.
Complimentary beverages and snacks will be served.
Play like a kid to support ALL kids!
A 21+ event at Marbles.
- Human Foosball
- Hungry, Hungry Humans
- Throwback Games
- DIY Designs
- Exclusive PLAY on the Marbles pirate ship, helicopter, basketball court and more!
Each year, the Downtown Raleigh Alliance (DRA) hosts the State Downtown 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.