The Vision Awards honor, recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations that have catalyzed communities within our Center City.

Ron Kimble


For the past 16 years, the City of Charlotte has benefited from the vision, leadership and civic engagement of Ron Kimble during his tenure as Assistant, Deputy, and Interim City Manager. Under his leadership, Charlotte has seen remarkable growth, particularly in our Center City.

The consummate “dealmaker,” Ron Kimble has helped craft some of our city’s signature projects, making Charlotte Center City a destination for millions each year and differentiating our city for generations to come. Some of his best-known contributions include: NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Levine Center for the Arts, BB&T Ballpark, Metropolitan, NC Music Factory, Mosaic Village, and renovations Bank of America Stadium.

Ron’s legacy can be found in virtually every major public/private partnership in our city. Two examples include the ball park neighborhood and his work on the NASCAR Hall of Fame which removed the Stonewall Street/Brookshire Freeway cloverleaf ramps and unlocked 11 acres for redevelopment.

Though Ron retired from public service this winter, he remains involved with the city as an adviser. Also, he and his wife Jan are focusing on the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage. 


The Special Achievement Award recognizes projects or entities that have had a major impact on upon Center City’s transformation. 


For reinventing what a hotel can be, and creating a dynamic, high-end public space that engages and connects visitors, residents and workers in the heart of Uptown Charlotte.


For taking to the streets to help bring calm and understanding between demonstrators and law enforcement through prayer, peaceful demonstrations and giving voice to those who had not been heard.


For cultivating an authentic third place in the community and creating a business that supports local partners and entrepreneurs.


The Settlers Award honors the pioneering and entrepreneurial spirit of Center City businesses, individuals and organizations that are key contributors to Center City’s quality of life.


For 139 years of ground-breaking work as the leading source of news for and about Charlotte’s African-American community and beyond.


During the 2017 Vision Awards, we also shared our accomplishments from 2017:

And information about Economic Development in Charlotte in 2017: