Strategic Initiatives

Project Grace

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.

At the October 2 public meeting, the Commissioners unanimously agreed to the staff recommendation to proceed with issuing a request for proposals for Project Grace. A copy of the presentation to the board can be viewed here.

Additional information about Project Grace can be viewed below, and you can learn more in County Manager Chris Coudriet’s Manager’s Message here.

View more information about Project Grace and the possible scenarios here and by clicking on the flyer below:

New Hanover County Commissioners and county staff have received emails and helpful feedback from the public since the Project Grace study was presented in July. In addition, two information meetings were held on September 18 and 19 to provide information about the Project Grace study and the possible scenarios for redevelopment, and to allow for the public to provide written input. View all of the written comments here.

The community meeting presentation can be viewed below.

The Project Grace presentations below have been presented publicly to the Board, media, and several community groups. You can watch the consultant’s presentation at the July 17 Board of County Commissioners meeting here, and the staff’s presentation at the October 2 Board of County Commissioners meeting here.


The Project Grace Study Report, prepared by Benchmark Planning, provides an overview of the market and site analysis as well as the possible development scenarios.


Choose Cape Fear

The “Choose Cape Fear” marketing initiative highlights the Cape Fear region as one of the fastest growing in the southeastern United States, with more than 200,000 skilled workers and more than 30 percent of the workforce having earned a four-year degree or higher. Going into the second year of the Choose Cape Fear initiative, it continues to promote the Cape Fear region with the goal of growing jobs. An update on the success and the plans going forward can be found here.

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