WHO WE ARE
Wilmington Alliance was created in August 2019 through the merging of the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (founded in 1993) and Wilmington Leaders Alliance (founded in 2016). Wilmington Alliance partners with community, civic, and business leaders to prioritize the City's highest needs to drive economic opportunity and social vitality. Our work is done through an equity lens. All our initiatives involve equitable wealth creation in traditionally marginalized Wilmington communities. Our strength has always been convening organizations and resources, gathering them around projects. This collaborative model - coupled with decades of experience and successful neighborhood revitalization work - positions us to strategically identify barriers, fill gaps, align organizations, and pull resources from all sectors in Wilmington.
The Alliance works to make Wilmington a more beautiful, safer, and thriving city that provides opportunity for all through our programs in Workforce Development; Entrepreneur and Small Business Support; and Creative Placemaking.
Wilmington will be a thriving community that offers opportunities and access to all.
The Wilmington Alliance brings people together to drive innovative solutions, leverage resources and promote opportunities to empower the city’s residents and businesses.
Equity: Our work is guided by the belief that social and economic well-being occurs when traditionally underserved individuals and communities both drive and share in the benefits of economic growth.
Results-Oriented: Our programs and initiatives produce demonstrable outcomes that directly and indirectly improve the quality of life for Wilmington’s residents and businesses.
Inclusion: We recognize, value, and embrace the diversity that is found in our community. This includes diversity of thought and experience as well as diversity along race, age, cultural representations, gender identity, sexual orientation and physical ability.
Collaboration: We seek to build bridges and create inclusive solutions in our shared commitment to the City of Wilmington and its residents. We do this by listening, engaging, and partnering with the community. We are stronger together as we share expertise, resources, and networks
“This is about a new, stronger and evolved vision for our City—one that is respectful of the progress we’ve driven so far, responsive to what it means to live and do businesses in Wilmington right now and focused on taking the most innovative approaches in order to build a secure, prosperous future, our success will come from the strength of our collaborations.”
-Chief Executive Officer of the Wilmington Alliance, Renata B. Kowalczyk
“We’re excited to build on the years of experience in both organizations and accelerate the rate of economic growth for the City and people of Wilmington.”
- Vice Chair of Executive Board of the Wilmington Alliance, There du Pont
“Creating a thriving, sustainable Wilmington community isn’t about all of us working in our individual boxes. It’s about the best leaders and doers from the community working together to continually build on what we’ve achieved thus far. The Wilmington Alliance exemplifies this philosophy.”
-Mayor of Wilmington, Mike Purzycki