"Transforming the Future Today" Work Program Released

After months of community input and evaluation, WDI has completed its work program for organization.  To learn more about about WDI's work program, click here.

Flytrap Brewing Opens in Downtown Wilmington

Flytrap Brewing officially opened its doors in Downtown Wilmington with a fun ceremony attended by craft beer enthusiasts, friends and supporters.  To welcome Downtown’s newest brewery, Mayor Bill Saffo, Mayor Pro-Tem Margaret Haynes and Council member Kevin O’Grady offered at toast and cut a ceremonial ribbon.  Click here to view press release.

Is it time for a Special Service District in Downtown Wilmington?

We are all hearing a word used more and more to characterize what’s happening in Downtown Wilmington. That word is ‘transformation’!  What type of services and improvements—beyond those already provided by the City—that you would like to see provided Downtown. To learn more about a Special Service District, click here.  

The votes are in for Encore's Best of 2015!!!

Support your downtown favorites by attending the "The Best of Awards.  Click here to purchase your tickets.    

The Rebirth of Downtown's in North Carolina

Hear a panel of experts from Durham, Burlington and Raleigh discuss economic development in their town and the tools they utilized. Click here to learn more.  

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


Nagasaki to Normandy: Seven Global Decades of Images of War and Peace, Peoples and Cultures
Wed, Feb 25 - Thu, Mar 26
at Historic Hannah Block Historic USO Building

Downtown Economic Series Luncheon
Wednesday, March 4
at Wilmington Convention Center

Cape Fear Beer Fest
Saturday, March 7
at Wilmington Convention Center

BrooklynJazzHop
Friday, March 13
at Brooklyn Arts Center

Two Requiems
Saturday, March 14
at St. Andrews Covenant Presbyterian Church

St. Patrick's Day Festival & Parade
Saturday, March 14