The recent debate and vote about the County's controversial special use permit may provide an insight into the future of manufacturing in New Hanover County.
Battling crime is often largely about battling poverty. That begins with providing jobs for those that need them. Hometown Hires is an innovative collaboration between private, public and nonprofit organizations that matches local individuals with local employers.
Forbes magazine has rated Wilmington fifth among the country's 380 metro areas in its latest "America's Smartest Cities" survey.
It's hard not to when you've been declared "The Next Big Thing" by national media.
Nestled between the Cape Fear River and Atlantic Ocean, Wilmington, North Carolina strikes an enviable balance between a casual lifestyle and global business opportunities. Entrepreneurial zeal permeates every facet of the community, giving it the vibrancy of a city much larger in size, with the ease of living found in a small town.
It's easy to see why we're so passionate about our home. Every day is an opportunity for a beach vacation only minutes away… experiencing pure creativity at an original theater performance… launching a start-up with the support of innovative minds and angel investors… checking out body art and a local band at an eclectic tavern… holding a business meeting in an outdoor cafe… or welcoming a new neighbor and their customs.
With the state's largest National Register Historic District, Wilmington has a keen sense of tradition and preservation, as well as a need to push beyond the conventional. The city leverages this balance to attract global corporations like GE-Hitachi Nuclear Energy, Verizon Wireless, PPD and Corning. Businesses large and small fall in love with the historic charm, quality of life, big-city amenities and skilled workforce that we are working to improve even more through the Chamber's Cape Fear Future initiative.
But we're not just partial because we're lucky enough to live here. In 2014, Wilmington was voted "America's Best Riverfront" by USA Today and was ranked #5 on Forbes list of America's Smartest Cities. In 2011, Outside Magazine named Wilmington "One of the Best Towns" and declared the area to be "The Next Big Thing." Bloomberg Business Week ranked Wilmington "The #7 Most Fun, Affordable City." Forbes rated the area one of the 15 best in the country for business and careers. And the accolades just keep coming… one of the 100 Best Arts Towns… Best Places to Launch a Business… Top 10 Recreation Cities.
But don't take our word for it, or anyone else's. Experience life filled with balance and vibrancy, whether your passion is kayaking, antiquing in a refurbished cotton market, golfing on a course designed by Jack Nicklaus, sailing the Atlantic, or simply scouting a site for your business that your employees will love.