Spirit of NC Award Recipients Announced By United Way Of North Carolina
City of Wilson won statewide recognition from the United Way of NC for having outstanding, creative employee campaigns. Read more
Whirligig Park Advances In 2016
In March 2016, the City Council voted to ensure that the park will be completed. Read more
Wilson Energy Tops $10 Million Savings in Residential Electric Costs
Collective savings continues to grow following September 2015 rate decrease Read more
PAL Community Outreach Program Grows
The Wilson Police Department Police Athletic League (PAL) hosted 28 athletic and activity camps in 2016. Read more
Visitors Tax Will Help Pay For Gillette Expansion
Wilson’s Gillette Athletic Park will be able to continue to compete for major soccer tournaments & other events. Read more
Flood Insurance Rating Upgrade Brings Savings
Wilson homeowners now save more on flood insurance. New city ratings means 25% discounts on policies. Read more
Merck Foundation Grant Will Complete Lake Wilson Trail
Visitors to Lake Wilson will soon be able to walk a trail completely around the lake, thanks to a grant from the Merck Foundation. Read more
HUD Secretary Visits Wilson
Wilson city officials and staff at the Wilson Housing Authority were excited to host a visit by a member of the Presidential Cabinet. Read more
Greenlight Brings High-Speed, Low-Cost Service To W.H.A.
Greenlight & the Wilson Housing Authority entered a partnership to make broadband services available & affordable to public housing residents. Read more
Matthew Brings Flooding, Damage To Eastern North Carolina
Hurricane Matthew brought back memories of Floyd for many Wilson residents with flooding. Read more
Finance Department Awarded
The City of Wilson Finance Department was recognized in October for decades of excellence in finance. Read more
CLIC Award For National Leadership
The Coalition for local Internet Choice awarded the City of Wilson the National Leadership Award. Read more
Gig East: Growing The Gigabit Ecosystem
Experience how the gigabit ecosystem is being cultivated as WRAL TechWire spotlights Wilson in this special Executive Exchange. Read more
Douglas Street was transformed during the NC Whirligig Festival into a space to build, create, and envision. With Brick Scholars, Scrap Exchange, Greenlight, and Imagination Station Science & History Museum. Read more
TIGER Hwy 301 Project
US 301 TIGER Grant Project: Road to Opportunity Read more
Whirligig Station Mixed-Use Development
Developers broke ground Tuesday, December 6th for the largest redevelopment project in Wilson’s history. Read more
Fitch Ratings Upgrades City of Wilson Bond Rating
The City of Wilson’s bond rating was recently upgraded by Fitch Ratings to AA+. Read more
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To learn more about this U.S. 301 initiative with videos, images and contact information you can follow this link to the TIGER Grant project page.
To learn more about this economic development initiative with videos, images and contact information you can follow this link to the InnovateNC project page
The park was conceived originally in the 2030 Comprehensive Plan, our community’s economic growth plan, which was created with the help of thousands of citizens from across Wilson and was adopted by City Council in 2010. During the early stages of the park project, Vollis Simpson’s Whirligig’s had the honor of being named the North Carolina State Folk Art.
The park project has spurred private development in Historic Downtown Wilson. Directly across from the park, both on South Street and on Goldsboro Street, there are private sector historic property redevelopment projects underway to complement the park. To date The City of Wilson has supported the project with in-kind professional services and staff time but no direct investment. In late January 2016, the City Council voted to ensure that the park will be completed.
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