WDI was originally formed as D.A.R.E. (Downtown Area Revitalization Effort) in 1977 as a public-private partnership between the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and the private sector. Our organization has had many successes over the past 34 years. Today, the six main areas of focus for WDI are business recruitment, business retention, quality of life, developer services, fundraising and public outreach.
WDI is partially funded by the City of Wilmington and New Hanover County, but relies heavily on private donations. Our organization is able to operate with the support of our partners. WDI is a registered 501(c)(3) organization and all donations are tax-deductible as allowed by the IRS. We encourage you to invest in your downtown; all persons donating $50 or more are considered partners of WDI. Click here to learn more about our partnership program.
Mission: To promote the economic growth and development of downtown Wilmington
Vision: Downtown Wilmington is the culturally vibrant and economically prosperous center of the southeast region, and is recognized nationally for its outstanding quality of life
Mission: To develop initiatives to encourage more year-round residential living in Wilmington’s Urban Core.
Vision: Downtown Wilmington is a vibrant center of year-round residents and is recognized for its high quality of life.
Mission: To increase the number of businesses, jobs and tax base in Wilmington’s Urban Core.
Vision: Downtown Wilmington is an active employment environment and serves as a highly productive and desirable place to invest and work.
Mission: To encourage community participation and support of downtown and WDI.
Vision: Downtown Wilmington is the targeted venue for all major regional events and is known as an epicenter of arts, culture and music appealing to all demographics.
Mission: To recruit and retain sustainable year-round retail businesses and attract new customers in Wilmington’s Urban Core.
Vision: Downtown Wilmington offers a distinctive year-round shopping environment of locally owned independent retailers appealing to locals and tourists alike.
Mission: To develop new programs, events and potential uses/plans for vacant or under-utilized space in Wilmington’s Urban Core.
Vision: Downtown Wilmington is constantly changing and adapting to new workforce and environmental standards and attracts more residents, businesses and activities each year.
If you are interested in joining a committee, please contact Katie Lokits at (910) 763-7349 or email email@example.com.