Wilmington Leaders Alliance to offer vision for ‘dynamic small city’ on March 6


After two years of research and strategic planning, the Wilmington Leaders Alliance will introduce its vision of making Wilmington “the most dynamic small city in America.”

The launch event will take place at the Christina Ballroom of the Chase Center on the Waterfront on March 6 at 8:00 a.m.

The launch event will take place at the Christina Ballroom of the Chase Center on the Waterfront on March 6 at 8 a.m.

The group of 30 businesses, civic organizations and foundations will formally present its goals, strategies and call to action. WLA is a 501(c)(3) organization founded in 2016 whose mission is to identify, promote and support transformational initiatives that will drive the city’s growth and success. Wilmington Mayor Michael S. Purzycki will be in attendance to address how the WLA can bolster his vision for the city.


“It is essential to support opportunities for entrepreneurs and innovators from both the private and public sectors to engage, convene and work together to enhance the intellectual and economic vitality of Wilmington,” said Paul McConnell, partner, McConnell Johnson Real Estate and Board President of WLA.

The later portion of the launch event will be devoted to the WLA’s first initiative: a workforce development forum featuring four key workforce companies operating in Wilmington — Generation (a McKinsey Social Initiative), Tech Impact, Year Up and Zip Code Wilmington. Each organization will provide an overview of its mission, illustrate its current impact on Wilmington’s workforce, and demonstrate how increased collaborative partnerships with local employers “can scale Wilmington’s workforce,” a release stated.

“Developing Wilmington’s position as a thriving and prosperous city a the 21st century global economy requires excellence in workforce development. This requires intentional partnerships between employers, investors, training providers, and the government,” said Thère du Pont, President of Longwood Foundation and Board Vice President of WLA.

WLA will emphasize four core areas – leadership, economic development, education and safety.

“Through the collective experience of the WLA membership, we will focus on core areas to improve not only the city’s perceived identity but the urban experience in Wilmington for residents, employees and visitors, propelling economic, social, cultural and demographic growth for both the city and the state,” said Janice Nevin, M.D., M.P.H., CEO of Christiana Care Health System and member of the Executive Committee of WLA.

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