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Charles Meeker Receives ULI Community Builder Award

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  • September 29, 2017

Raleigh, N.C. – Parker Poe Adams & Bernstein LLP is pleased to announce that Raleigh partner Charles Meeker is a co-recipient of the Urban Land Institute’s 2017 Community Builder Award. Charles Meeker, the former mayor of Raleigh, received the award along with Durham Mayor Bill Bell on Sept. 28 at the North Carolina Museum of Art as part of the fourth annual J. W. Willie York Awards. Other winners for exemplary developments around the Triangle were announced at the event.

“We are so excited to be celebrating our urban renaissance by honoring the mayors that have led to the redevelopment of our downtowns,” said ULI Triangle Executive Director Julie Paul. “In addition to the privilege of recognizing the contributions of our mayors, the response to our call for submissions was overwhelming. The caliber of applications made narrowing it down very difficult for our jury.”

The awards are given in honor of J. W. Willie York, an early member and later director of the Urban Land Institute and developer of Cameron Village. The York Awards are given to those individuals and companies who have made exceptional contributions to the creation and continued vitality of thriving communities in the Triangle region. The awards recognize a wide range of projects that achieve a high standard of excellence – from design to construction and economics to policy initiatives. The program is open to all, not just ULI members, and seeks to identify and promote best practices in all types of real estate development and land use.

Charles Meeker served five terms as Raleigh’s mayor, leaving office in December 2011. Charles supported the building of a world-class convention center as a priority during the initial days of his first term as mayor and championed the project through its opening on September 5, 2008.

As a partner with Parker Poe, Charles represents private and public clients, including local governments, in civil trials and administrative hearings. He has represented more than a dozen counties in all kinds of tax cases before the N.C. Property Tax Commission, and he represents counties before appellate courts. He is also part of the firm’s Development Services team, which helps clients structure, negotiate, and close commercial and residential real estate transactions.

About ULI
Urban Land Institute (ULI) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit research and education organization supported by its members.  Founded in 1936, the Institute now has more than 40,000 members worldwide, representing the entire spectrum of land use and real estate development disciplines, working in private enterprise as well as public service.

The mission of ULI is to provide leadership in the responsible use of land and in creating and sustaining thriving communities worldwide. For more information, please visit:

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