Project Grace Report Finds Development Options

WDI partnered with New Hanover County to evaluate the market demand and development opportunities for this government-owned site bounded by Grace, Chestnut, 2nd and 3rd Streets.  Here is the information.  

"Transforming the Future Today" Work Program Released

After months of community input and evaluation, WDI has completed its work program for organization.  To learn more about about WDI's work program, click here.

Raising the Bar for a Better Downtown

The City of Wilmington recently created a Municipal Service District to provide extra security, cleanliness, marketing and economic development services to Downtown.  City Council selected WDI to manage the new services.   Here is a link to background information and the service plan. 

2017 Downtown Lifestyle Tour

The 2017 Spring Downtown Lifestyle Tour will take place on Saturday, September 16 from 11:00 AM to 4:00 PM.  The tour features living spaces and businesses throughout the downtown area.  Visit this link to learn more about the tour.  

Downtown Growth:  A Growler of Projects

The WDI Fall Economic Series Reception will be held on October 19th and feature 4 development projects in Downtown.  Click here for more information about the event.  

Wilmington, NC

Downtown Wilmington is the economic and social hub for the region.  With boundaries spanning from the Cape Fear River to the west, Isabell Holmes Bride on the north, Memorial Bridge to the south and 5th Avenue to the east, Downtown is home to about 880 businesses, 10,800 workers and 2,100 residents. As a hospitality and tourism center, Wilmington also boasts an amazing riverwalk, hotels, convention and meeting space, museums, cultural facilities and one of the largest historic districts in the County.

WDI has been a part of the civic infrastructure since 1977.  The organization’s visionary and thoughtful approach, ability to forge key alliances and collaborations and responsiveness to constituent needs have all contributed to the growth and development of Downtown Wilmington since WDI’s inception.  Find out more about Downtown Wilmington.

Upcoming Events

Fourth Friday Gallery Walk
Fri, Jan 22 - Fri, Dec 22

Historic Downtown Wilmington Artisan Marketplace
Sun, Apr 16 - Sun, Oct 29
at Riverfront Park

4-hr Black River Nature Cruise
Wed, Jul 26 - Wed, Oct 18
at Cape Fear Riverboats

Thursday, September 28
at Jo Ann Carter Harrelson Center

Battleship Half Marathon, 10K & Outdoor Equipped 5K
Sunday, November 5
at Battleship North Carolina

Cape Fear Blues Jam
Tue, Jun 3 - Sun, Dec 31
at Rusty Nail Saloon