Downtown Economic Series Luncheon


  • Thursday, Mar 22, 2018 11:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

LOCATION: Wilmington Convention Center - 10 Convention Center Drive

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Leader of Chicago Loop Alliance to Provide Keynote Address at Event

Wilmington, NC- Michael M. Edwards, President and CEO of Chicago Loop Alliance, will discuss Tactical Urbanism as the keynote speaker at the Downtown Economic Series luncheon scheduled for March 22nd.  The annual meeting is hosted by Wilmington Downtown Incorporated (WDI) and brings together business leaders, property owners, real estate professionals, interested residents and local officials to review economic progress in Downtown and hear about national trends and issues. 

As the leader of the Chicago Loop Alliance, Michael Edwards provides strategic leadership to advance the organization’s vision of the Loop as Chicago’s top destination for business, retail, tourism, entertainment and education.  He oversees an annual budget of $3 million and a staff of seven.  Recent efforts include placemaking and management initiatives to reuse forgotten City infrastructure including alleys and other neglected public spaces in the Loop.  The ACTIVATE program has sparked interest and imagination by promoting the arts, music and creativity in unique urban settings.

“Mike has tremendous experience in revitalizing urban districts and we are excited to bring him to the Port City,” said WDI President Ed Wolverton.  “Mike has helped transform Chicago’s iconic Loop district into a world-class commercial, residential and visitor center and he brings a wealth of knowledge about trends and best practices that we can employ to further enhance our efforts,” he added.  Wolverton also noted that even though Chicago is significantly larger than Wilmington, many of the programs led by Mr. Edwards can be scaled to fit our community. 

The Downtown Economic Series is an educational and fundraising event for Wilmington Downtown Incorporated.  The event will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center on Thursday, March 22, 2018, from 11:30am to 1pm.  WDI will also accept donations at the luncheon.  

Tickets for the event are $50 per person, with tables of 10 available for $475.  Sponsorships are also available to provide premium seating and marketing benefits. Click here for more details.  Tickets can be purchased at the WDI office or here.