WRC’s 10th Annual Meeting Generates Great Buzz

The house was packed for WRC’s 10th Annual Meeting, “Wilmington’s Future is in the Making.” The event took place on Tuesday, May 10, at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Governor Jack Markell announced the exciting news that Wilmington Renaissance Corporation was awarded a $75,000 National Endowment for the Arts (NEA) Our Town grant for the Creative District’s Vacant to Vibrant project.

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WRC Managing Director Dr. Carrie W. Gray presented an update on current and future Creative District initiatives. Already under way are Artist Housing Phase I: Willing Street Artist Village; NextFab, the Veterans Freedom Mural & Public Art Prep Program; the 7th Street Arts Bridge: Inspire Lot events and four public art projects. Coming up are Artist Housing Phase II and 7th Street Arts Bridge Phase II, including The Art-O-Mat, Vacant to Vibrant and a kitchen incubator.

Dr. Evan Malone, President/CEO of NextFab, spoke about opening the City’s first makerspace, noting that NextFab is a great fit for Wilmington. Learn more about NextFab.

Keynote speaker Tanya Menendez, co-founder and CMO of Maker’s Row, engaged the audience with the success story of Maker’s Row – a platform for entrepreneurs to be able to easily access American manufacturers.

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The mic was open for guests to ask questions and learn how Wilmington could benefit from a collaborative platform such as Maker’s Row. Visit Maker’s Row to learn more.

A BIG thank-you to Governor Jack Markell, The Mayor’s Chief of Staff; Gary Fullman, City of Wilmington; NextFab’s, Evan Malone; and keynote speaker Tanya Menendez from Maker’s Row for their exciting presentations at this year’s Annual Meeting. Another BIG thank-you to our WRC Board of Directors, sponsors and attendees – we greatly appreciate the time and energy that each of you put into our great City!

THANK YOU to our sponsors:

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Visit WRC’s Flickr page to see additional 2016 Annual Meeting photos.

Photos by Alessandra Nicole

WRC’s 2015 Annual Meeting: Placemaking: Why it Matters

WRC’s 9th Annual Meeting, “Placemaking: Why it Matters,” took place on Tuesday, May 5 at World Cafe Live at The Queen. Attendees were updated on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington as well as provided a presentation on WRC’s core strategic project Wilmington’s Creative District (CD), a vibrant city center, focused on innovative production and consumption, where creative entrepreneurs – artists, musicians, designers and tech innovators – and neighborhood residents thrive and where locally designed goods and original works are made and consumed.

Photo by Alessandra Nicole

Photo by Alessandra Nicole

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Delaware Public Media Article and Audio Featuring WRC and Wilmington’s Creative District

From Delaware Public Media:

Proposed Creative District in Wilmington starts to take shape

New housing, a “maker space” where innovators can design and refine their creations, art galleries and artists’ studios, improved streetscapes with a dash of mural art – could this be the start of something big?

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News Journal Coverage on WRC’s 2015 Annual Meeting and Creative District Plan

From The News Journal:

Luxury Apartments in downtown Wilmington planned

A planned 231-unit luxury apartment complex expected to break ground this summer would bridge the gap between decades-old redevelopment efforts along Market Street and a proposed creative district just west of downtown, according to downtown boosters.

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WDEL Coverage on WRC’s 2015 Annual Meeting

From WDEL:

Proposed Wilmington creative district discussed by supporting nonprofit

Members of the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation on Tuesday discussed their efforts to cultivate a creative district in the city’s Downtown, Quaker Hill, and West Center City sections.

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Save-the-Date: WRC’s 2015 Annual Meeting

Wilmington Renaissance Corporation’s
2015 Annual Meeting

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Tuesday, May 5
World Cafe Live at The Queen
500 N. Market Street, Wilmington

PROGRAM:
Breakfast: 7:30am

Meeting: 8:00-9:30am

Our 9th Annual Meeting will update attendees on the continuing development in Downtown Wilmington, as well as focus on WRC’s core strategic project Wilmington’s Creative District (CD), a vibrant city center, focused on innovative production and consumption, where creative entrepreneurs – artists, musicians, designers and tech innovators – and neighborhood residents thrive and where locally designed goods and original works are made and consumed. Last year the event sold out with more than 250 attendees. This is an outstanding networking and marketing opportunity, as well as chance to support the individuals and organizations that are making Wilmington a better place to live, work, play and learn.

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