The Wilson Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) is a non-profit organization that promotes historic preservation and combats community deterioration. The organization is managed by a Board of Directors that includes downtown business owners, property owners, non-profit leaders, and city and county representatives who share a passion for revitalizing the heart of our city. The 23 board members provide important leadership in downtown development by delivering a vision, contributing human capital and managing financial resources.
Wilson established a Municipal Service District downtown in 1981. Owners of property located within the district pay an additional $.17 per $100 value on property taxes, generating approximately $65,000 in annual revenue. These funds are used for special events, marketing, redevelopment incentives and programs that fulfill our vision for a vibrant downtown.
A crossroads of southern charm and modern innovation, Historic Downtown Wilson is the heartbeat of a diverse community where arts, culture and unique business draw people day and night.
Wilson Downtown Development Corporation’s mission is to lead community investment and drive the social, cultural and economic engine of an authentic Wilson by creating and promoting a vibrant, innovative and sustainable downtown.
WDDC is a member of the National Main Street Program and is one of North Carolina’s Main Street Communities under the Department of Commerce. Following the Main Street Four Point Approach®, WDDC operates four core committees: Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Restructuring. Volunteers serve on these committees and various subcommittees.
The Organization Committee, also known as the Executive Committee, is comprised of board officers, committee chairs, and city and county representatives. Its objective is to ensure strong leadership, involvement, and investment in downtown by further advancing a sense of community and making downtown the commercial, social and cultural hub of the community. Staff Representative: Kimberly Van Dyk [link to staff directory specific page with image and bio?]
The Promotion Committee promotes downtown as Wilson’s premier destination for social, cultural and business activity. It develops and executes diverse and innovative ways to use marketing, communications, partnerships, advertising and special events to drive people, investment and sales in Historic Downtown Wilson. Staff Representative: Susan Kellum. [link to staff directory specific page with image and bio?]
The Design Committee strives to enhance the physical appearance, aesthetics and functionality of Historic Downtown Wilson. It works to enrich the unique characteristics of downtown, highlight historical characteristics and improve overall cleanliness, maintenance, and beautification. Staff representative: Ellen Hoj (Planning Division staff). [link to staff directory specific page with image and bio?]
The Economic Restructuring Committee, also known as the Economic Development Committee, supports existing business, recruits new businesses and encourages positive redevelopment and investment, resulting in viable economic growth in Historic Downtown Wilson. It expands on the commercial success of downtown by working to facilitate and grow public and private investment and partnerships. Staff representative: Kellianne Davis. [link to staff directory specific page with image and bio?]
Want to Get Involved?
Email HistoricDowntownWilson@wilsonnc.org with the subject line: “I want to get involved” and let us know a little bit about yourself and your area of interest: organization, promotion, design, or economic restructuring.