The Downtown Raleigh Alliance has not had steady leadership in four years but hopefully that has changed now. David Diaz has been hired as the new head of the DRA. The Triangle Business Journal reports:
David Diaz, head of a downtown booster group in Roanoke, Va., is pumped up to be the new president of the Downtown Raleigh Alliance, and he hopes to help make the Capital City’s core “hip and cool.” Diaz confirmed Wednesday that he will take the position at the head of the group, which has five full-time employees and three part-timers. He will replace Nancy Hormann, who stepped down in October but has stayed on during the search for her replacement. “If you look at almost every magazine that rates cities, Raleigh’s always coming out at the top now,” Diaz told Triangle Business Journal. “I’m always amazed, and I’ve been aware of it for a long time. I feel blessed that I’m getting an opportunity to come to Raleigh.”
It sounds like a good hire and I like his focus on the smaller buildings over the larger. The taller buildings will take care of themselves and if Diaz focuses on revitalization of the older, smaller buildings, it will have a greater impact on street level activity and create a greater impression to residents and visitors.