About Downtown Visions

Downtown Visions is a private, non-profit organization that manages the Business Improvement District (below). Our Main Street® program (below) not only saves historic buildings, but also focuses on small business recruitment, business marketing and promotion, all of which work towards the greater effort of creating new jobs.


The Downtown Visions mission is to create, manage and promote a quality environment for people who live, work and visit Downtown Wilmington. This is accomplished by collaborating with the public and private sector entities in neighborhood revitalization and stabilization, through clean and safe initiatives, small business development, retail recruitment and retention, job creation and economic development. Check out our initiatives.

Downtown Visions Funding

Downtown Visions is a registered 501 C (3) nonprofit (#51-0362299) and receives grants to fund community development projects through our Main Street® program (below). To date, 100% of grants have been used for programs and do not support operating expenses.


BUsiness Improvement District

Business Improvement Districts (BIDs) are areas in which property owners agree to pay an assessment in addition to property taxes to fund privately-operated cleaning, security and marketing services. These services supplement those provided by City government. BIDs have been proven to help in reducing crime and to spark increased retail activity. Cleaner streets and sidewalks help this process.

More about Downtown Wilmington BID 




Main Street®

The National Trust for Historic Preservation is a privately funded nonprofit organization that works to save America's historic places. One of its movements is Main Street®, which is 1) a proven strategy for revitalization; 2) a powerful network of linked communities; and 3) a national support program that leads the field. 

The Downtown Wilmington Main Street® mission is to preserve, promote and enhance the BID through the elements of organization, design, promotion and economic restructuring. Everyone has a stake in a revitalized downtown.

More about Wilmington Main Street®