Municipal Service District Program Launched to Encourage Giving

Leaders of the Downtown Wilmington Municipal Service District (MSD) have launched a new public education campaign asking local residents and visitors to donate money to local charities instead of giving cash to individual panhandlers.  Visit this link to learn more about the Have a Heart - Give Smart campaign. 

WDI Downtown Economic Series Luncheon-  March 22, 2018

Join us at The Wilmington Convention Center for the Downtown Economic Series Luncheon. This year's topicTactical Urbanism with guest speaker Michael Edwards from the Chicago Loop Alliance.   Click here for Ticket Information.     Click here for Sponsorship Information.

Matching grant funds available for enhancing the historic character and appearance of Downtown business properties.

Apply here for Façade Improvement Program and apply here for Landscape Grant Program.

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 for  background information and the MSD overview

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.  

Downtown
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


Belly Full of Songs Benefit Concert
Thursday, February 22
at Brooklyn Arts Center

Opening Reception for Kristen Crouch
Friday, February 23
at Expo 216

Little Explorers: Incredible Insects
Saturday, February 24
at Cape Fear Museum

Cape Fear Heart Ball
Saturday, February 24
at Wilmington Convention Center

Rhythm in Blue Jazz Ensemble
Monday, March 12
at Hannah Block Historic USO Building

The Annex Songwriter Session #14
Wednesday, March 14
at Brooklyn Arts Center