27 area business leaders and elected officials have returned from a two-day InterCity Leadership Visit to Richmond, VA, organized by the Wilmington Chamber of Commerce, with numerous takeaways on how Richmond has encouraged economic development, creativity and innovation, while bolstering quality of place amenities and increasing tourism. The Wilmington Chamber organized the trip to introduce the local delegation to innovative ideas, programs and initiatives which may be adapted and implemented in our community, as well as build relationships among our delegation attendees, resulting in a more cohesive team working on behalf of our community.
The trip took place September 26-27, and focused on four main areas: regional collaboration, marketing/promotion, urban living, and development. Presentations featuring Richmond civic leaders and area planners addressed topics such as community branding, biotechnology, bus rapid transit, the riverfront masterplan, and creativity and innovation.
The InterCity Leadership Visit to Richmond was an opportunity for our area leaders and stakeholders to learn firsthand from a community that has rebounded by reinventing and rebranding itself from a traditional, historic community into a thriving center for innovation and the arts. We learned a great deal about how the mix of regional collaboration, branding, and economic development go hand-in-hand to create a community where entrepreneurs and millennials want to locate, while preserving their tie to a rich, historic past.
A few of the broad takeaways from the presentations and bus tour of Richmond included (not in a ranked order):
Guest speakers from Richmond that made presentations included: