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


2018 Vision Award Winner Jim Dulin

Jim Dulin is well-known as a prolific and visionary developer who built Spectrum Properties into a development powerhouse. He is also a quiet philanthropist whose passion is helping people who need shelter. This calling is evident in his work renovating the Men’s Shelter of Charlotte and his creation of a foundation to build affordable housing in Guatemala. On the heels of his retirement, Jim has turned this passion, leadership his developer’s vision, innovation and determination toward creating and preserving affordable housing in Charlotte. His goal is to more fully enable the capacity of the private sector to meet the housing needs of every family in the Charlotte region.

In honor of all he has done and is doing for our city, we are proud to recognize the vision, leadership and civic achievements of Jim Dulin.




Housing First Charlotte Mecklenburg

For their leadership in the community’s efforts to end chronic homelessness and to find permanent supportive housing for our most fragile neighbors.




Goodyear Arts

For providing a thriving home for the city’s experimental arts community in the heart of the city. Their presence has had a multiplying effect of the vibrancy of Uptown.




South End Breweries

For transforming South End, by bringing in people, energy, music and brewing outstanding beer. These breweries are the community’s third places, and are where many visitors meet the city for the first time.





For paving the way for North Tryon’s revitalization. The pioneering moves by Novare and Grubb Properties have increased Uptown residential density to the north, and has bridged the thriving neighborhoods of First and Fourth Wards.




Handmade Urbanism by President and CEO of Charlotte Center City Partners Michael Smith