City Initiatives



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

Inspiration Station

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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TIGER Grant
The city received a highly-competitive $10 million Transportation Investment Generating Economic Recovery (TIGER) VII grant to improve a section of the U.S. 301 corridor.  The city of Wilson will add $3 million to the project, increasing the overall investment to $13 million.  The scope of the project includes intersection improvements, medians, sidewalks, walking paths and drainage. The goals are to make the area safer for pedestrians and traffic while also encouraging new investment and development. The work zone will be along U.S. 301 from Lipscomb Road to Black Creek Church Road.

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.

InnovateNC
Wilson is one of five communities selected to participate in InnovateNC, an intensive, two-year cross-city learning collaborative. Through its participation in InnovateNC, the city will develop an inclusive entrepreneurial economy while retaining its rich community character.  These efforts will build on local assets including the community-owned Greenlight Gigabit Network.

To learn more about this economic development initiative with videos, images and contact information  you can follow this link to the InnovateNC project page

Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum
The Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum (501(c)3 nonprofit), along with many public/private partnerships, is developing a world-class public sculpture park that will be a catalyst for economic development, neighborhood revitalization, a year-round tourist destination, a community gathering place, and provide innovative educational programs integrating science, art, and the history of Eastern North Carolina.

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.

You can LIKE the Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum Facebook page to see more images, videos, and news.