Strategic Initiatives

Through collaboration and partnerships, New Hanover County is focused on sustaining an environment that encourages economic development and intelligent growth. Below are several strategic initiatives that help to foster innovation, encourage private investment, and add value to our community.

In January 2017, the New Hanover County Board of Commissioners authorized a contract with Wilmington Downtown Inc. (WDI) and Benchmark Planning to conduct a market and site analysis of the downtown property owned by New Hanover County and bordered by Grace, Third, Chestnut, and Second Streets; also known as “Project Grace.” This study has been completed and the results were presented to the Board of County Commissioners at the July 17 public meeting. Commissioners will make a decision on how to proceed in early October.

Project Grace presentations, a flyer with more information, and the study report can be viewed by clicking on the images below. In addition, you can learn more about Project Grace here or in County Manager Chris Coudriet’s Manager’s Message here.


InnovateNC is the first public-private technology initiative of its kind in the nation. Evolving from the 2015 Emerging Issues Forum, Innovation Reconstructed, InnovateNC is an intensive two-year “cross-city learning collaborative” supporting five North Carolina communities. New Hanover County and the City of Wilmington are among the communities participating in this initiative to help expand the local innovation economy. Learn more about InnovateNC here and in the slide presentation below.

Strategy & Budget: 230 Government Center Drive, Suite 191 • Wilmington, NC 28403 • Phone 910-798-7211 • Fax 910-798-7277