The Economic Development Division is responsible for implementing programs and services that (1) attain job creation and retention and (2) for increasing income within the city by attracting higher-wage job opportunities. Specific division programs include:
Civic Development Partner Agency funding
The City of Wilmington accepts applications from civic agencies who would like to request funding from the city. In January 2014, the Wilmington City Council adopted guidelines to clarify the process to apply for funds, as well as the process the city would use to determine which agencies receive funds. The guidelines only apply to agencies involved in economic development, cultural and recreational activities and city boards/commissions. It does not include non-profit agencies who receive federal and local funding through a competitive application process.
Business development, recruitment and support
Wilmington, NC is an ideal community in which to live and work, offering unparalleled quality of life and an exceptional business climate.
Please visit the following websites to learn more about Wilmington’s quality of life, labor force, economic profile, transportation, education, commercial site selection, demographics, business incentives and downtown development.
Small Business, Startups:
- Cape Fear Community College Small Business Center
- Cape Fear Regional Community Development Corporation
- Greater Wilmington Chamber of Commerce
- NC Small Business and Technology Development Center
- Service Corps of Retired Executives
- Wilmington Downtown, Inc.
- Wilmington Business Development
- North Carolina's Southeast Regional Economic Development Partnership