Sep 22, 2021

The Wilmington City Council on Tuesday night unanimously approved economic incentives of up to $80,000 over five years to a Wilmington-based software development firm. The city incentives, $16,000 a year for five years, would be contingent upon the financial technology firm, whose identity is being kept secret by officials for now, reaching the necessary milestones. The ...

Sep 20, 2021

A software development firm in Wilmington is getting a boost from local coffers. The New Hanover County Board of Commissioners voted unanimously Monday morning to grant a performance-based incentive of $24,000 a year for five years, up to $120,000, to the tech company to double its workforce, which now stands at about 100 employees, officials said. The firm, whose id ...

Sep 14, 2021

While many topics including affordable housing, job creation and infrastructure were discussed by candidates in the upcoming Wilmington City Council and mayor elections, many expressed that at the center is their desire to steer the region in the right direction. Wilmington City Council and mayoral candidates took part in Tuesday morning’s Power Breakfast discussi ...

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Natalie English
Wilmington Chamber of Commerce


Posted Sep 8, 2021
The Wilmington Chamber of Commerce supports New Hanover County’s efforts with Project Grace to redevelop a key block of downtown Wilmington. Although we are growing quickly today, long-term economic success for our community is not guaranteed. We continue to stress the need for bold vision, robust leadership, entire article
Sep 7, 2021

Wilmington Officials Announce New City Manager

By Staff Reports, posted Sep 7, 2021

Tony Caudle has been named Wilmington's city manager, according to an announcement Tuesday. Following a closed session at its Sept. 7 agenda briefing, the Wilmington City Council voted unanimously to name Caudle to the top post, effective immediately, a news release stated. Caudle has served as interim city manager since June 1 and previously served as Wilmington ...

Aug 31, 2021

Pender County Awarded More Than $1.5M Infrastructure Grant

By Jenny Callison, posted Aug 31, 2021

The safety of Pender County’s public water system will get a significant boost, thanks to a grant from the U.S. Economic Development Administration (EDA). The federal grant of $1,575,000 will help fund the county’s Natural Gas Fuel Generator project. The total project cost is about $2.1 million.   “The EDA investment supports Pender County ...

Aug 18, 2021

The city of Wilmington's revamped Land Development Code (LDC) takes effect Dec. 1 after the city council voted unanimously to adopt it Tuesday. “This new code was a major undertaking that was built on community input from the ground up,” said Wilmington Mayor Bill Saffo in a news release Wednesday. “It is designed to respond to the biggest challeng ...

Aug 4, 2021

A business advocacy group on Wednesday sent an email to the Wilmington Planning Commission expressing its belief that the city’s proposed new Land Development Code could impact future investment and existing business in Wilmington. The planning commission is set to consider the rewritten LDC at its meeting at 6 p.m. tonight at the Wilmington Convention Center. ...

Jul 16, 2021

The restoration of a landmark historical building in downtown Burgaw will be shown off next month.  The Pender County Board of Commissioners is hosting an open house of the restored and renovated Pender County Courthouse on Aug. 6, according to a news release.  The general contractor was Wilmington-based Thomas Construction Group and the architect was LS3P. ...

Jul 14, 2021

The deadline to apply for the $4.5 million Hospitality, Retail and Service Industry Grant managed by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce has been extended to 11:59 p.m. July 30, according to a chamber news release Wednesday. The original deadline was July 15.  According to the release, businesses negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic in the restaurant, bar ...

Jul 1, 2021

Local business owners in the hospitality, retail and service industries can apply for a portion of $4.5 million being offered by New Hanover County and the city of Wilmington from federal COVID-19 relief funds, according to an announcement Thursday. In partnership with the county and city, the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce will be administering the grants, “which ...

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