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2017: A Year in Review Celebrating 25 years.

A Message from Wilmington Renaissance Corporation

STAFF Dr. Carrie W. Gray Managing Director Laura Semmelroth Creative District Strategist Jennifer Lawson Marketing & Creative Services Manager Martín Martínez Public Relations Coordinator Sana Bell Programming & Community Engagement Coordinator Nivea Mercado Operations Coordinator

100 W. 10th Street | Suite 206 Wilmington, DE 19801 302.425.5500

BIG IDEAS - 2017: A Year in Review Text | Martín Martínez, Matt Sullivan, and Jerry DuPhily Design | Jennifer Lawson Photos | MOONLOOP Photography & Wilmington Renaissance Corporation

Our city is evolving. There is change happening all around us and it is improving the percep�on of what Wilmington is and can be. Community organiza�ons, public ins�tu�ons, and private enterprise have embraced a new vision for the city. Working together, these en��es have helped turn vacant lots into vibrant community spaces, converted empty buildings into homes for ar�sts to live and work, and have facilitated the opening of a new crea�ve hub in the heart of the city’s crea�ve district. They have created amazing city-wide events that have become part of the very fabric of Wilmington. They have energized the downtown district with new visions, fresh plans and Big Ideas. For the last quarter of a century, Wilmington Renaissance Corpora�on has been a driver of this evolu�on. From the development of LOMA, to the founding of the Delaware College of Art and Design, to the establishment of the Crea�ve District, WRC has served as the city’s economic development partner. We have been a conduit linking state and regional governments and city corpora�ons and businesses. These partnerships remain vital to con�nue the successes that we’ve achieved in Wilmington. As we reflect on 2017 and begin to celebrate 25 years of achievement, we would like to thank all of our supporters and partners that have encouraged our work and made our mission possible. Paging through this “year in review” magazine, you will find highlights pulled from our archives. Though the past and present are represented here, we know that the best for Wilmington is yet to come. We look forward to con�nue working with our community of partner organiza�ons, funders, and government leaders for the next 25 years.

Glenn A. Moore Chair, Board of Directors

Dr. Carrie W. Gray Managing Director

For a full list of funders and partners, please visit

WRC Board Of Directors Chair

Mr. Glenn Moore | Vice President | Delmarva Power

Vice Chairs

Mr. Jed Hatfield | President | Colonial Parking, Inc Dr. Edmondo J. Robinson, M.D., MBA, FACP | Chief Transformation Officer | Christiana Care Health System


Mr. Trevor Koenig | Senior Vice President | Bank of America

Managing Director & Secretary

Dr. Carrie W. Gray | Managing Director | Wilmington Renaissance Corporation


Dr. Peter Bailey | Vice President, External & International Affairs | Wilmington University Mr. Ryan Ball | Sr. Director, Branch & CafĂŠ Experience| Capital One Financial Ms. Tracey A. Beberman | Operations Executive | JPMorgan Chase Mr. Paul L. Bechly, CFA, CFP | First Vice President | Morgan Stanley Wealth Management Mr. Richard B. Carroll | Counsel | Saul Ewing Arnstein & Lehr Mr. Bruce H. Colbourn SVP | Market Executive | PNC Bank Ms. Jamie Cruz | Co-Founder and Sr. VP of Business Development | Alpha Technologies USA, Inc. Mr. Neal F. Dangello, MCR | Senior Managing Director | Newmark Knight Frank Mr. Eugene A. Delle Donne | Director of Development | Delle Donne & Associates, Inc. Mr. Troy Dennis | Sr. Vice President, U.S. Head of Card Services & Delivery| TD Bank Mr. Jerry DuPhily | Publisher | TSN Media Ms. Margaret (Peg) Eitl | Vice President, Sales & Client Management | Highmark Delaware Mr. Michael Gallagher | Managing Partner (Retired) | Aloysius Butler & Clark Ms. Shona Grace | Chief Operating Officer | McConnell Johnson Real Estate and 1313 Innovation Mr. Thomas J. Hanna | President | Harvey Hanna & Associates, Inc. Mr. Doug Hertsenberg | Principal | Bernardon Mr. Glenn Kocher | Senior VP & Director of Small Business Banking | WSFS Bank Mr. Andrew Levin | Relationship Manager | M&T Bank Ms. Kerry Meluskey | Commercial Relationship Manager | Fulton Bank, Delaware Division Ms. Amelia Messa | Of Counsel | Wilson Sonsini Goodrich & Rosati Mr. Andrew Remming | Partner | Morris Nichols Arsht & Tunnel LLP Mr. Don Robitzer | Chief Operating Officer/Senior Vice President | The Commonwealth Group Mr. Baron Schlachter | Managing Director US Card AML | Citibank Ms. Amy Silvestri | Director Risk Management & Business Control | Barclays Mr. Robert Snowberger | Vice President, Development | The Buccini/Pollin Group Ms. Paula J. Swain | Executive Vice President, Human Resources | Incyte Corporation Ms. Julie Topkis Nason | President | Nason Construction, Inc. Mr. Duane D. Werb, Esquire | Managing Partner | Werb & Sullivan Ms. Allison Wier | Director of Private Events | The Queen


The Honorable Jeffrey W. Bullock | Secretary of State | State of Delaware Mr. Bob Chadwick | Acting President | New Castle County Chamber of Commerce Mr. Jeff Flynn | Director of Office of Economic Development | City of Wilmington The Honorable Matthew Meyer | County Executive | New Castle County Ms. Vanessa Phillips| Interim Chief Administrative Officer | New Castle County The Honorable Michael Purzycki | Mayor | City of Wilmington The Honorable Hanifa Shabazz | President | Wilmington City Council Ms. Tanya Washington | Chief of Staff | Mayor’s Office | City of Wilmington Ms. Kelly Wetzel | Assistant to the President & Events Manager | Delaware State Chamber of Commerce


T O The Rock Lot | Located at 305 W. 8th Street

In 2012,

WRC created the Crea�ve District Vision Plan which detailed a series of crea�ve placemaking ac�vi�es that would link the West Center City community and its assets, to exis�ng business and arts ins�tu�ons in downtown Wilmington. This would be done in tandem with other revitaliza�on efforts. Then, in 2014, WRC held a neighborhood event and asked residents to draw what they thought a public space in their community might look like. The outpouring of ideas for a single space spurred the development of the Vacant to Vibrant project (V2V). V2V will link four isolated parts of the neighborhood into a cohesive cultural and civic corridor. It will do this by reimagining the look, use, and subsequently redesigning two vacant lots (305 W. 8th St. and 306-314 W. 7th St.) and two alleyways (Willing Street and Catawba Street) within the Crea�ve District. The emphasis of this work will be on crea�ng a vision that is ar�s�c in nature, supports the current and future needs of the community and reflects the character of the Quaker Hill neighborhood and the Crea�ve District. The V2V project was created and developed in conjunc�on with the City of Wilmington’s Department of Planning and Development.

In 2017,

A�er months of planning and construc�on, The Rock Lot opened on August 30th. The space is the first implementa�on of the V2V project. The Rock Lot is located at 305 W. 8th St. and was previously filled with large rocks, which is how it got its name. Today, it features a green area and outdoor sea�ng for community events. The space is open to the public every day from dawn un�l dusk. The Rock Lot was designed by the Groundswell Design Group, known for developing spaces such as the Spruce Street Harbor Park in Philadelphia and The Creamery in Kenne� Square, Pa.

VIBRANT “We will use this space as a catalyst for continuing the positive change the Creative District has seen over the last few years,” said Laura Semmelroth, Creative District strategist. “The Rock Lot is first and foremost a community space and we will listen to the community as we begin to develop programming there just as we have listened to the community while developing the Vacant to Vibrant project.” The community planning process for The Rock Lot began in January 2017 and construc�on of the site began in June of that year. Weekly programming began that fall. “I’m par�cularly thrilled to see the work done at this park and that it has been done so well,” said A�orney General Ma� Denn. “This is important in terms of showing what can be done moving forward.” The seats and benches at the Rock Lot were designed and constructed by The Challenge Program, a Wilmington-based nonprofit which works to empower Delaware’s at-risk youth by teaching them voca�onal skills. Development and construc�on of The Rock Lot was possible thanks to the Na�onal Endowment for the Arts, the Delaware State Legislature, the Delaware Department of Jus�ce, the former Delaware Economic Development Office and Nemours.

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Just like the chicken and the egg, people have debated for years about which Wilmington needed to arrive first. But a couple months ago, when no one was looking, we got our answer in the form of a new restuarant, Farmer & The Cow. “We had no idea that was happening,” said Rob Snowberger, vice president of development at The Buccini/Pollin Group, which has done most of the new redevelopment work on Market Street. “That’s the moment we’ve been wai�ng for, that moment when people take it upon themselves to approach landlords on Market and say ‘I’ve got this concept and I want to do it,’ and opened their business.” Now Snowberger is eager to see the next phase of downtown revitaliza�on.

“The next critical step is the ground floor retail, which we think is right on the cusp,” he said. “The work that Catherine Timko is doing with Wilmington Renaissance Corporation is necessary to try to get to that level.” Catherine Timko is the founder and CEO of The Riddle Company, an economic development consul�ng prac�ce with a client list that includes the Downtown Bal�more Partnership, Invest Atlanta and Philadelphia Center City District. She’s also a University of Delaware grad who got her start working in the city planning department in Wilmington in the 1980’s.

“I think Wilmington right now is at an interesting tipping point,” said Timko. “You’ve got a number of new projects coming online, you’ve got an interest in downtown by a number of stakeholders—that positions Wilmington as a destination for new business, new residents and overall new investment. We’ve seen this new national trend, where people have been returning to live in cities. As markets around us become a little more expensive, Wilmington is an ideal location.”

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Wilmington Renaissance Corpora�on has brought Timko and The Riddle Company in to develop a retail marke�ng plan and promote the Market Street corridor for poten�al investment. “We’ve seen Market Street and the downtown corridor go through an amazing rebirth in recent years thanks to the work of the city, developers, and community partners,” said Carrie W. Gray, managing director of Wilmington Renaissance Corpora�on. “We felt that it was the right �me to involve an outside firm to kick-start the next phase of downtown Wilmington’s evolu�on.”

Funded in part by The Buccini/Pollin Group, JPMorgan Chase and CapitalOne.

Catherine Timko

The first step: Data collec�on and analysis, gathering informa�on on factors like the average income of downtown workforce and their average commute �me. Some of the early metrics are promising.

“The 800 block of Market has a ‘Walk Score’ of 96,” Timko said. “That falls under a category known as the ‘Walker’s Paradise.’ A lot of retailers use that as one of the metrics when they evaluate a market.” A�er compiling the data, Timko will work to elevate the profile of Wilmington and its retail opportuni�es within the Mid-Atlan�c region. That means outreach to na�onal industry publica�ons, giving tours to retail brokers and in-person mee�ngs at the Interna�onal Council of Shopping Centers conference in Philadelphia. Snowberger sees poten�al to widen the Market Street corridor, poten�ally to the area west of Market. With the expanding marketplace downtown and all the addi�ons ready to emerge, demand is not expected to be a problem. “The people who are living in our apartments are Market Street people,” Snowberger said. “They’re people who work and hang out and are involved in downtown, in all aspects. People who work for the banks and law firms, but also are baristas and entrepreneurs and people who do social impact work. The gamut of people who are choosing to live on Market is really amazing.”


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In 1993,

while serving as president of Wilmington’s Downtown Business Associa�on (DBA), I was invited to join the board of a new organiza�on that was to be a vital economic development partner for the city. In keeping with its forward-thinking vision, it adopted the name Wilmington 2000. I jumped at the opportunity, not because I was looking to build my resume, but because my experiences at the DBA were making me increasingly aware of the growing demands placed on city government – demands that weren’t being matched with an increase in resources. Then I watched as Wilmington’s major employers agreed to roll up their sleeves – not to men�on open their checkbooks – and join forces to help fill this resource gap. Business leaders such as James Gilliam Jr., Leonard Quill, Josh Mar�n, Howard Cosgrove and Lance Weaver challenged colleagues to join the team – insis�ng that it was not only good for the city, but good for their businesses. They were a persuasive force.

No one, however, assumed the task would be easy. In fact, the inaugural years were met with skepticism by many small businesses in the city, who feared that an organization dominated by big business would have only a big-business agenda. Those skeptics soon came to realize that issues such as safety, cleanliness and jobs are everyone’s business. Therefore, a united effort – big business and small aligned with city government – was the best way to confront Wilmington’s challenges.

Seven years seemed like seven months. The year 2000 arrived before we knew it, and though our name was now dated, our work had only just begun. Easy enough, just rename the organiza�on, and – voila! - Wilmington Renaissance Corpora�on (WRC) was born. So, here we are, a quarter of a century later. Much work remains, but much has been accomplished. Ini�a�ves that were mere ideas in the 1990s are city ins�tu�ons today. Wilmington Renaissance Corpora�on has indeed become a vital economic development partner for the city. The organiza�on has helped bring big ideas to life. I can s�ll recall the skep�cism surrounding the concept of developing a downtown art and design school. But when an innova�ve partnership with the pres�gious Pra� Ins�tute and Corcoran College of Art and Design was announced, people began to believe. In April 2018, the Delaware College of Art & Design celebrated its 20th anniversary. I remember the brainstorming sessions in the early 1990s surrounding the crea�on of a Downtown Wilmington Business Improvement District (Downtown Visions), modeled a�er Philadelphia’s highly successful Center City District. Today, Downtown Visions is 24 years old and its Clean and Safe ambassadors are omnipresent on our city’s streets.




# 3 0 DAY S O F T H A N K S Throughout November 2017, WRC asked those who live and work in Wilmington to tell us what they most appreciate about our city. During this #30DaysofThanks campaign, we heard some fantastic thoughts and feedback about Wilmington and its current renaissance. We shared these thoughts on social media. Here are some selections: It seems like yesterday that we announced the construc�on of the Ships Tavern Garage and the ambi�ous redevelopment of the en�re 200 block of Market Street. Today, that area is known as the LOMA District and it has served as a catalyst for redevelopment all along Market Street. In 2008, WRC had the innova�ve idea of using professional cycling to showcase the posi�ve developments taking place Downtown. Why not close the central business district to traffic, create a giant fes�val on Market Street, and have professional cyclists buzz around the city? That will get a�en�on. It sure did. This month, an interna�onal field of racers will once again descend on Wilmington to take part in the 12th Wilmington Grand Prix. The event has earned na�onal acclaim and is considered one of the top cycling weekends in the country. It has also become a wonderful pep rally for our city. Today, we see that WRC con�nues to energize Wilmington. Ini�a�ves like the Crea�ve District, Vacant to Vibrant, and New Market Wilm are crea�ve a�empts to address long-standing urban challenges and reimagine our Downtown landscape. And if you have a crea�ve sugges�on of your own, WRC is more than willing to listen.

Wilmington Renaissance Corporation: The Big Ideas people—fortunately for our city, many of those ideas have become reality.

“Events like the Art Loop really showcase the amount of talent and creativity we have here. That’s something I’m thankful for.”

“I’m really thankful for the LadyBug festival. It was my first year going. It felt like much more than a music festival. It was like a celebration of like-minded people.”

“I’m thankful for the revitalization the city has seen this year. It has been great. It’s easy to miss the positive change we’ve seen the last few years.” “I’m thankful for the good food we have here. We have some very fine eateries in Wilmington” “Let’s be thankful for all the great arts institutions in our city!” “I’m thankful for the urban lifestyle in a small managable city”

Established Wilmington’s Creative District

MEET THE NEIGHBOR: JAN ALMQUIST You would not really suspect it walking down West Street, but two of the city’s oldest buildings are tucked away in that corner of the Crea�ve District. Jan Almquist, a former city manager turned realtor, has been fixing one of these proper�es for almost a year. “The house itself is the reason I’m here,” said Jan. “I didn’t want it destroyed or changed into something it wasn’t.” Jan bought the historic home, known as the Woodward House in 2016 and in doing so, joined the Crea�ve District community. The Woodward House was built in 1745 and Jan has done a painstaking job to make sure that building’s historical elements were restored as much as possible. So far, two floors are done and the work con�nues two stories up above. Though, she admits she didn’t know about the Crea�ve District before buying the house, Jan said she is very happy with the work that is being done to change the neighborhood. “It’s a gorgeous area, and there a lot of really great people in it. But those people are hiding behind their doors and we need to get them out. And to do that we need to have some place for them to go and something for them to do.” Bit by bit, Jan says, work is being done to bring something new to those who live in the area. Something that can really be transforma�ve to the lives of those who live there. “We need a place where the neighborhood can coalesce,” said Jan. “I’m hoping that that is what happens in the Crea�ve District, because you are bringing people together with a likeminded plan. These are all do-ers. They are people that make and create things and that is what we need.”

MEET THE ARTIST: ANDRE REYNEARD Art is conceptual, says ar�st Andre Reyneard. It’s just as much about the experience as it is about the tools. “There’s so much more to uncover deep inside rather than just staying at the surface level. Regardless of what you are crea�ng. But ul�mately that is up to the ar�st.” Andre is the crea�ve mind behind the InTreeGuing Sculpture Garden, a prominent feature of the public art collec�on in the Crea�ve District. According to him, the installa�on came to be almost on its own. “I had been away from home for a long �me. Being able to come back and have my art installed in my hometown is amazing. I’m not saying it couldn’t have happened anywhere else but the fact that it happened here means so much to me.” The essence of InTreeGuing is growth. It is a concept that Andre has been evolving throughout his ar�s�c journey. “I looked at the trees around me. They are some of the oldest organisms on Earth and yet we don’t seem to give them too much thought. We could learn so much from them if we were to just observe their growth. What they can do in their surroundings.” However, Andre doesn’t want to tell anyone how to interpret his art. That’s not his place, he says.

“Everyone has their own interpretation. I try to refrain from telling people what my work means. I don’t want to hinder someone else’s raw interpretation. I like hearing what people have to say without me telling them what I was trying to do. I’m always curious to hear that.” What he doesn’t mind is telling people is how much the garden means to him.

“I’ve made friends with the people who live in the neighborhood. A lot of great people. Maybe if we can provide some stability in a different kind of way, you can change the way people see the area.”

“When we first put it down, I had many people telling me that it really changed the atmosphere there. But the fact I was able to have my art put out there in the first place? It’s clutch. It couldn’t have happened any other way.”

The Woodward House

InTreeGuing Sculpture Garden


During Summer 2017, Crea�ve District Wilmington partnered with local organiza�ons and ar�sts to create three new murals for the city. Each piece seeks to represent the community where it was installed.

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In West Center City, ar�sts Corei and Crae Washington of Smashed Label created “Rooted in the Valley,” an interpreta�on of the neighborhood’s hope of feeding the future with lessons from the past. In the West Side, ar�st James Wya� (with help from Crae) installed “Always Room at the Table.” It highlights the diverse cultures in that make up that neighborhood. The third piece, “Our Past, Our Present, Our Future,” was designed by world-renowned muralist, Eric Okdeh. Installed at the Kingswood Community Center, it depicts the genera�ons of that neighborhood and features some of the center’s most familiar faces.

“Rooted in the Valley” Monroe Street Smashed Label | James Wya�, 2017 Delaware State Legislature, Delaware Valley Development Company, MSP Equipment, Naughton Painting & Wilmington Renaissance Corporation


“Always Room at the Table” Lancaster Ave. & Franklin St. James Wya� | Smashed Label, 2017 Supported by:

Delaware State Legislature, Dennis Pena, MSP Equipment, Naughton Painting, West Side Grows Together & Wilmington Renaissance Corporation


Each mural began by engaging the residents of the communi�es to join open conversa�ons and express their ideas for the image. The ar�st then developed a design and presented it to the community for feedback and approval. Once the final image was established the ar�st scaled the image to the size of the wall, breaking the image into mul�ple panels on special material, known as parachute cloth, for pain�ng.

“Our Past, Our Present, Our Future” Kingswood Community Center Eric Okdeh, 2017

The community was then invited to a�end the paint days — Everyone was welcome, no experience was necessary! For this city-wide mural project, each mural community had 3 scheduled paint days in June.

Supported by:

From Westside to Riverside, these murals are the result of the hard work of community residents, the extremely talented ar�sts and the dedicated team of mural pain�ng volunteers – Our “Mural Squad.”

Delaware State Legislature, Delaware Center for Justice, Kingswood Community Center, MSP Equipment & Wilmington Renaissance Corporation


The result is four amazing murals that add a dynamic feature to the neighborhoods of our city!

“The Divine Mind” 7th & Windsor streets Terrance Vann, 2016

A part of the city-wide mural and the 7th Street Arts Bridge projects, The Divine Mind was installed in November 2016. And featured in last year’s annual review.


Created a four-year long temporary public art program downown.

+ NextFab is a network of membership-based makerspaces that provides access to tools, technology, education, events and services for makers of any skill level. They offer a variety of education and startup programs, as well as professional design, production and placemaking services for any of your fabrication needs.

June 2017

saw the opening of a keystone partner in the Crea�ve District. NextFab, the Philadelphia-based makerspace, joined our crea�ve family and opened the doors at their first Delaware loca�on at 503 N. Tatnall Street. For those not familiar with the concept of a makerspace, think of it as a gym for �nkerers, builders, and designers. At NextFab you will find, and have access to, 3D Printers, laser cu�ers, vinyl printers, a woodshop, electronics and design so�ware. With a membership, you get access to all these tools that would otherwise cost thousands of dollars. The opening of NextFab in Wilmington is huge for crea�ves and the business sector alike. Eric Kaplan, business development manager at the makerspace said he likes to look at NextFab as a bridge between individuals and the larger manufacturing industry.

“Small, but already established, manufactures can come in and test out new ways to build their product,” he said. “They can come in try different prototypes, hammer out the details and save time and money before going to large scale production.” Coupled with their incubator space on the second floor, NextFab is the ideal place to bring your idea to life. In essence, NextFab is the evolu�on of the manufacturing industry. Taking new tech and co-working spaces, combining it with tradi�onal American “DIYstyle” manufacturing, and bringing it to the masses.

PARTNERSHIP + INNOVATION The Creative District’s premier makerspace, NextFab Delaware at 501-509 Tatnall Street, was a key piece of Wilmington Renaissance Corporation’s original vision for the Creative District, and was supported with a $350,000 Delaware Strategic Fund grant from the State of Delaware’s Council on Development Finance.

“We connect makers, artists, creators and entrepreneurs with the world of large-scale manufacturing,” he said. “We are able to teach, train and provide access to equipment and tools that they would see in bigger facilities. Eric means it when he says ar�sts. Enter the Innova�on Workshops program, an ini�a�ve launched by Crea�ve District Wilmington this year in partnership with NextFab. The goal was to give local ar�sts tui�on-free access to the tools at NextFab to enhance and develop their ar�stry. Take Linda Celes�an’s experience; She’s a local ar�st and Innova�on workshop par�cipant. Through her �me at NextFab, she said she has been able to enhance her ar�s�c scope and that gives her the ability to play around with ideas she never had access to before.

Linda Celestian Innovation Workshop





“With the tools here I can take the small scale work I’ve been doing and make it much bigger which lets me propose public art projects or even just play around with ideas I’ve always had. I can use acetate, which is much less expensive and I play around with transparency, cutouts. Having this technology and having a way to do it quickly, gets me to new places much faster.” Along with the Innova�on Workshops, Crea�ve District Wilmington also ran a program that provided young Wilmingtonians, ages 1624, with a membership to NextFab at no cost. Called NextMakerz, the program was designed with beginners in mind. Whether it be for someone who wants to take their new skills to the next level, or someone who just wants to make a hobby out of it.

“It was very hands-on,” said Morgan Randle, one of the first NextMakerz to go through the program. “You really get a chance to play around with the tools that same day. They teach you how to use it properly and then they give you a project to finish on your own. I got to experience the bandsaw, the sanders, stuff I’ve never even touched before.” Tack on the new partnership between NextFab and The Delaware College of Art and Design, announced in early 2018, and we see that the possibili�es are endless now with a quality partner and makerspace in the Crea�ve District.

“Wilmington Renaissance Corporation helped drive the founding of DCAD and we also led the recruitment of NextFab to Wilmington,” said Carrie W. Gray, managing director of WRC. “So now to have a partnership between these organizations realizes our vision for a robust creative community and economy in Wilmington.”

Morgan Randle NextMaker

A special THANK YOU to our NextMakerz supporters: Borgenicht Founda�on Capital One Carol Sco� Chris�ne Serio DuPont Emilia Mackey Ganne�

Glenn Kocher Marinelli Contrac�ng, LLC. Niles Founda�on Pennoni Associates Senator Thomas Carper William Holloway

Innova�on Workshops were supported, in part, by a grant from the Delaware Division of the Arts, a state agency, in partnership with the Na�onal Endowment for the Arts. The Division promotes Delaware arts events on




Whether you’re deciding between the many food trucks at the Downtown Farmer’s Market in Rodney Square or drinking the new IPA at a local cra� brewery, it’s clear that food entrepreneurship is a growing business in Wilmington. Work con�nues to develop a kitchen incubator inside the Crea�ve District. This would be a place where small culinary entrepreneurs can start and grow their business, learn from mentors and food service professionals, create new products and expand to the point when they’re ready to move out on their own. We are pleased to have moved past the feasibility study u�lized to create the kitchen incubator business plan. We con�nue to pursue poten�al operators and partners as well as explore strong loca�ons in the Crea�ve District, while staying commi�ed to bring this plan to frui�on. WRC looks forward to the opportunity to bring an incubator-style business into the city and foster a home for the culinary arts.

NextFab Delaware

Created the Delaware College of Art and Design

We’re Wilmington Renaissance Corporation—the Big Ideas people!

Wilmington Renaissance Corpora�on was founded in 1993 to implement major downtown improvements that would enhance Wilmington’s economic well-being and strengthen its civic fabric. WRC was intended to serve as the City’s economic development partner, linking state and regional governments and City corpora�ons and businesses. Over its 25 years, it has become a major creator and convener of large-scale downtown projects, working for the be�erment of Wilmington and its residents. We are true transformers— working with investors, local ci�zens and government to bring Big Ideas to Life.



*as of 4/26/18 www.Crea� | Wilmington Renaissance Corporation is a privately funded, nonpartisan, nonprofit organization.

WRC'S BIG IDEAS: 2017 A Year in Review  

Celebrating 25 years.

WRC'S BIG IDEAS: 2017 A Year in Review  

Celebrating 25 years.