Charlotte Center City Partners Announces 2017 Vision Award Recipients

April 24, 2017 11:58 am




CHARLOTTE, NC (April 10, 2017) – Charlotte Center City Partners is pleased to announce the recipients of the 2017 Vision Awards, the annual honors that recognize and celebrate the contributions of individuals, businesses and organizations who have made the Center City a more livable and memorable place.

At the 2017 Vision Awards, Charlotte Center City Partners will look at the ways we are catalyzing community, celebrate the achievements from the past year and preview what’s on the horizon. The 2017 award recipients are as follows:  

Vision Award: A community leader who has made the Center City more vibrant and extraordinary through his visionary leadership.

The 2017 Vision Award will be awarded to Ron Kimble in recognition of his sixteen years of service to our Center City, particularly in the areas of economic development, redevelopment projects and hospitality and tourism. Ron has been a champion of Charlotte’s visitor economy, advocating on behalf of the projects that have made the city a destination and will differentiate our city for generations to come. His skills as a deal maker have resulted in an extraordinary growth for the city including the Panthers Stadium Project, NASCAR Hall of Fame, the Levine Center for the Arts, and AAA Baseball, as well as the Metropolitan, NC Music Factory, and Mosaic Village. In fact, Ron’s legacy can be found in virtually every major public/private partnership in our city. Ron and his wife Jan are co-founders of the Jamie Kimble Foundation for Courage.

We are proud to honor the vision, leadership and civic achievements of Ron Kimble.


Special Achievement Awards:  An organization, individual or business that has had major impact on

Center City’s ongoing transformation.

Marriott City Center Renovation

This is more than a renovation. It is the reinvention of what a hotel can be, creating a dynamic, high-end public space that engages and connects visitors, residents and workers in the heart of Uptown Charlotte. This hotel and its innovative reimagining is the leading edge of a larger movement in Uptown to activate ground floor retail space.


Charlotte Clergy Coalition

We are honoring Charlotte Clergy Coalition for Justice, Meck Min and all the Clergy who ministered on Uptown streets during the civil unrest in September and October 2016. These bridge-builders took to the streets last fall to help bring calm and understanding between demonstrators and law enforcement through prayer and peaceful demonstrations. This group of diverse leaders from houses of faith across Charlotte represent the best of the Charlotte Way; listening, caring and getting personally involved in the issues that face our community.

Not Just Coffee

The coffee culture is alive and well in Center City Charlotte and James and Miracle Yoder are leading the way. They are cultivating a community supportive of ethical and locally-driven business in their three Charlotte locations, and extending their passion for coffee into everything they do. Not Just Coffee, lives up to the name. They are helping to build the community by investing in local partnerships and entrepreneurs.

Settlers Award:  Center City businesses, institutions or retailers who have been key contributors to Center City’s quality of life.

Charlotte Post

For 139 years of ground-breaking work as the leading source of news for and about Charlotte’s African-American community and beyond. From their South End headquarters, with that colorful street-level mural adding a splash of soul to their Camden sidewalk, the Charlotte Post is both a watchdog and a stakeholder for their community.



About Charlotte Center City Partners

Charlotte Center City Partners envisions and implements strategies and actions to drive the economic, social and cultural development of Charlotte’s Center City. Our goal is a viable, livable, memorable, and sustainable, with modern infrastructure, a tapestry of unique neighborhoods, and a diversity of thriving businesses. For complete information about Charlotte Center City Partners, visit


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