Wilson Downtown Development Corporation

Wilson Downtown Development Corporation

Vision Statement

A crossroads of southern charm and modern innovation, Historic Downtown Wilson is the heartbeat of a diverse community where arts, culture and unique business draw people day and night.

Mission Statement

Wilson Downtown Development Corporation’s mission is to lead community investment and drive the social, cultural & economic engine of an authentic Wilson by creating and promoting a vibrant, innovative & sustainable downtown.

Board of Directors

Wilson Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC), a non-profit organization , was created for the purpose of promoting historic preservation and combating community deterioration.  WDDC is managed by a 23-member Board of Directors comprised of downtown business owners, property owners, non-profit leaders, and city and county representatives, all of whom have a passion for revitalizing the heart of the city.  They provide leadership in downtown development by delivering vision, human capital and managing financial resources.

A Municipal Service District (MSD) was established downtown in 1981 in accordance with state law.  Owners of property located within the MSD pay an additional $.17 per $100 value on property taxes.  Approximate annual MSD revenue is currently $65,000. Revenue generated from the MSD tax is used within the MSD boundaries by WDDC for special events, marketing, redevelopment incentives and programs to realize the vision of a vibrant downtown.

  • President – Reggie Harrison | Artisan Leaf
  • Vice President – Marty Garris | Tig’s Courtyard
  • Secretary –  Rhine Sharp | Downtown Property Owner
  • Treasurer – Drew Barker | Wilson Tourism Authority 
  • Past President – Lynne Medlin | Wilson Community College Foundation
  • Economic Vitality Chair – Rhine Sharp | Downtown Property Owner
  • Design Co-Chairs – Mary Sargent | Downtown Property Owner
  • Design Co-Chair – John Misback | Tate Design Group
  • Promotions Chair – Drew Barker | Wilson County Tourism
  • County – Denise Stinagle | Wilson County Manager
  • City – Rodger Lentz | Chief Planning & Development Officer
  • Carlton Stevens | Mayor, City of Wilson
  • Gillettia M. Morgan | Wilson City Council
  • Sherry Lucas | Wilson County Commissioner
  • Chris Hill | Wilson County Commissioner
  • Captain Kendra Howell | City of Wilson Police Department
  • Allyson Moye | Womble Real Estate Company & Property Owner
  • Ryan Simons | Wilson Chamber of Commerce
  • Jeff Bell | Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park
  • Cathy Hardison | Wilson Arts
  • Rhyan Breen | Breen Law
  • Dr. Michael Bell | St. John’s Community Development Corporation, Downtown Property Owner
  • John Misback | Tate Design Group & Property Owner
  • Abder Allan | Downtown Property Owner 
  • Wendy Moore | Downtown Property Owner
  • Mary Sargent | Downtown Property Owner
  • Preston Von Arx | ComForCare

Staff and Office

The organization is a public/private partnership comprised of Wilson Downtown Development Corporation (WDDC) and the City of Wilson Downtown Development Division housed in the Planning and Community Revitalization Department at City Hall, 112 Goldsboro Street E.  

  • Kimberly Van Dyk – Downtown Development Director | Planning and Community Revitalization Director
  • Susan Kellum – Downtown Marketing & Communications Coordinator
  • Kellianne Davis – Downtown Business Specialist
  • Meg Edwards – Center City Special Events Coordinator
  • Jeff Bell – Arts Innovation Coordinator | Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum Director

WDDC is a member of the National Main Street Program and is one of North Carolina’s Main Street Communities under the Department of Commerce.  Following the Main Street Four Point Approach®, WDDC operates four core committees:  Organization, Promotion, Design, and Economic Vibrancy.  Volunteers comprise these committees as well as various subcommittees.

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Organization

The Organization Committee, also identified as the Executive Committee, is comprised of board officers, committee chairs, and city and county representatives.  Their objective is to increase ongoing strong leadership, involvement and investment in downtown by further advancing a sense of community and making downtown the commercial, social and cultural hub of the community.

 Staff Liaison: Kimberly Van Dyk

  • Chair – Reggie Harrison | President, WDDC
  • Marty Garris | Vice President, WDDC
  • Denise Stinagle | Representative, Wilson County
  • Rodger Lentz | Representative, City of Wilson
  • Mary Sargent | Co-Chair, WDDC Design Committee
  • Jon Misback | Co-Chair, WDDC Design Committee
  • Rhine Sharp | Chair, WDDC Economic Vitality Committee
  • Drew Barker | Chair, WDDC Promotions Committee 
  • Lynne Medlin | Past President, WDDC 

Promotion

The Promotion Committee helps develop downtown as Wilson’s premier destination for social, cultural and business activity.  They develop and execute diverse and innovative ways to use marketing, communications, partnerships, advertising and special events to drive people, investment and sales in Historic Downtown Wilson.

Staff Liaison: Susan Kellum, Downtown Marketing & Communications  & Meg Edwards, Center City Special Events Coordinator

 

  • Chair – Drew Barker | Wilson Tourism Authority 
  • Lindsey Perry | Chamber of Commerce
  • Will Robl | Wilson Community College
  • Jeff Bell | Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum
  • Jennifer Byrd | Imagination Station Science & History Museum
  • Kathy Daughtey | Barton College
  • Mahalia Merithew-Witter | Casita Brewing Company
  • Marty Garris | Downtown Commerce Group Coordinator, Tig’s Courtyard
  • Shawna Moses | Samora Naturals
  • Cathy Hardison | Wilson Arts
  • Susan Fecho| Barton College
  • Amanda Gardner | Wilson County Public Library
  • Stefanie Keen | City of Wilson Communications Specialist
  • Officer Angie Harold | Downtown Police Officer 

Design

The Design Committee strives to enhance the physical appearance, aesthetics and functionality of Historic Downtown Wilson.  They work together to enrich the unique characteristics of downtown, highlight historical characteristics and improve overall cleanliness, maintenance, and beautification.  

Staff Liaison: Catesby Denison, Senior Planner, City of Wilson 

  • Co-Chair – Mary Sargent | Downtown Property Owner
  • Co-Chair – John Misback | Tate Design Group
  • Dr. LaTanya Simpson | Eastern Carolina Chiropractic
  • Josh Peede | ISCO Landscaping
  • Lori Oxendine | Deetleskeet Design
  • Bill Bass | City of Wilson Public Works
  • Scott Hedgepeth | City of Wilson Public Works
  • Pegi Sharp | Barnes Corner Gallery
  • Lynne Medlin | Wilson Community College Foundation
  • Rhyan Breen | Breen Law
  • Jeff Bell | Vollis Simpson Whirligig Park & Museum,  Arts Innovation Coordinator
  • Bert Garris | Downtown Property Owner
  • Allyson Moye | Downtown Property Owner

Economic Vitality

The Economic Vitality Committee supports existing businesses, recruits new businesses and encourages positive redevelopment and investment, resulting in viable economic growth in Historic Downtown Wilson.  They expand on the commercial success  of downtown by working to facilitate and grow public and private investment and partnerships. 

Staff Liaison: Kellianne Davis, Downtown Business Specialist

  • Chair – Rhine Sharp | Downtown Property Owner
  • Ken Hill | Downtown Property Owner
  • Matthew Chesson | Chesson Realty
  • Ijeoma Uwakwe | Wilson Value Drug
  • Ryan Simons | Wilson Chamber of Commerce
  • Henry Walston | WDDC Past President
  • Chris Hill | Wilson County Commissioner
  • Dr. Michael Bell | SaYum Jamaican Restaurant
  • Allyson Moye | Downtown Property Owner
  • Gary Daynes | Barton College
  • Marty Garris | Tig’s Courtyard
  • Melissa Evans |Wilson Community College Small Business Center
  • Scott “Pick” Pickens | State Farm

Would you like to get involved in the #downtownturnaround?

Simply email HistoricDowntownWilson@wilsonnc.org with the subject line:  “I want to get involved” and let us know a little bit about yourself and your area of interest.