President and CEO

Ed Wolverton is President and Chief Executive Officer of Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI).  As the leader of this non-profit organization since November 2013, Ed is responsible for developing programs and initiatives to stimulate new investment and activity in Downtown Wilmington.

Ed has twenty-eight years of downtown and economic development experience.  Prior to joining WDI, he was the President and CEO of Downtown Greensboro Incorporated where he led efforts that helped stimulate over $290 million in new investment over his tenure.  

His organizations have won six International Downtown Association (IDA) Achievement Awards, two Downtown Development awards from Kansas and three Governor’s Award for Excellence in Downtown Development from the State of Georgia.  He also earned the prestigious Art Advocate award from the Wichita Arts Council in 2006.  Ed was elected to serve two terms on the Board of Directors of the International Downtown Association from 2006 through 2012.  He is currently serving as the Immediate Past Chairman of North Carolina Downtown Development Association.

Mr. Wolverton also worked with Downtown organizations in Wichita, Kansas, Charlotte, North Carolina and Savannah, Georgia and served as DGI’s first President in 1997.  He has a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration and a Master’s Degree in Public Administration from Mississippi State University.