The city is under a State of Emergency. City of Wilmington and New Hanover County leaders have also announced a curfew for Wilmington and unincorporated areas of the county, which shall apply to the hours of 9 p.m. to 5 a.m. from 6/2 until further notice. View the city's proclamation here. View the county's proclamation here.

View Frequently-Asked Questions (FAQs) Regarding Coronavirus and Recent Protests/Curfew

View the New Hanover County Health Department Coronavirus (COVID-19) Website

View City-Related Information and Closures Regarding COVID-19

Economic Development

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Business Development

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.

Business Development

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.



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