Release Date: February 24,2020

Press Release: Leader of Nashville Downtown Partnership to Provide Keynote Address

Leader of Nashville Downtown Partnership to Provide Keynote Address at Spring Economic Series Luncheon

Wilmington, NC- Tom Turner, President and CEO of Nashville Downtown Partnership, will discuss how parks and music can help drive the economy as the keynote speaker at the Downtown Economic Series luncheon scheduled for March 13th.  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 to hear about national trends and issues. 

Tom Turner provides strategic leadership to advance the Nashville Downtown Partnership's vision of making Downtown the most compelling urban center in the Southeast in which to live, work, plan and invest.

As a strong advocate for downtown, Turner focuses on business recruitment and retention initiatives, increasing residential development, ensuring a clean, safe and attractive center city, and maximizing parking and transportation alternatives.

He directs two Business Improvement Districts (called Municipal Service Districts in North Carolina) for public space and economic development initiatives. Also, the Nashville Downtown Partnership manages a bike-sharing program and a unique parking and shuttle service that uses excess capacity at Nissan Stadium for downtown employees and for attendees at Bridgestone Arena events.

“Tom has tremendous experience in revitalizing urban districts and we are excited to bring him to the Port City,” said WDI Chair Dane Scalise.  “Because the park in Downtown Nashville was a model that City officials examined for our planned North Waterfront Park, Tom is a great resource for us to tap as he brings a wealth of knowledge about how parks can spur activity at surrounding businesses and attractions.”  He added that “Nashville also has a robust music scene that we can emulate.”  

In addition to Mr. Turner’s keynote address, the Downtown Economic Series will also feature remarks from the Honorable Susi Hamilton, Secretary of the North Carolina Department of Natural and Cultural Resources. 

Ms. Hamilton is a past President of WDI and currently resides in Downtown Wilmington.  She will provide additional perspectives about cultural tourism programs being undertaken in other parts of the State and region.  

The event will be held at the Wilmington Convention Center on Friday, March 13, 2020, from 11:30 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.  The session will also include an overview of current and proposed projects that are re-shaping the center city and bringing new residents, businesses and jobs to the community.  

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.  WDI will also accept donations at the luncheon.  Tickets can be purchased at the WDI office or on-line here Tickets


About Wilmington Downtown Incorporated

WDI's mission is to promote the economic growth and development of Downtown Wilmington.



Ed Wolverton, WDI President & CEO