Welcome to Downtown Wilmington, the culturally vibrant economic center of Southeastern North Carolina. The Wilmington area is a historic coastal community with a unique style attracting a diverse group of individuals. Currently: Wilmington ranks 32nd in Forbes Magazine's "Best Places for Business and Careers", 71st in the nation for brainpower of metropolitan cities, and 7th in the nation according to CNN for places to buy real estate.
Downtown Wilmington is located directly across from NC’s #1 tourist attraction, the USS NORTH CAROLINA Battleship, and is also home to PPD Worldwide Corporate Headquarters and the newly constructed Wilmington Convention Center. The 300 blocks around this modern Central Business District encompasses the state’s oldest and largest historic district. However, currently 35% of the Central Business District is vacant, underutilized or surface parking lots. That 35% represents the modern future of an emerging place to live, work and play.
Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) is here to help. WDI was established through a public-private partnership with the City of Wilmington, New Hanover County and the private sector to promote the economic growth and development of downtown Wilmington. We can help you by providing leadership and expertise in developing downtown.
Let us be your advocate, champion and partner!
Targeted sectors include hotels and science, information and technology companies. Clusters include hospitality/food companies and clinical research organizations (CRO's). Presently, downtown offers turnkey call center space.
To view a list of possible sites in downtown Wilmington, please click here. Feel free to explore the Wilmington downtown area below. You may also view an interactive Google Earth Tour. Please note, you will have to download Google Earth to view the tour. It is free to download, simply click here to get started with the download. After the download has finished, click here and open the file using Google Earth. Throughout this tour, you have the ability to zoom in, out, pan around, and click on marked locations and yellow pins representing possible development sites. Hitting the “space-bar” on your computer at anytime will pause and resume the tour.
For downtown market data, demographic analysis, recent trends or more information on possible sites, please contact WDI President & CEO John Hinnant by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call (910) 763-7349.