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WILMINGTON, NC (WWAY) — After a nationwide search for a new president and CEO, Wilmington Downtown inc. Has its new leader.

Out of 38 resumes, one stood out. Ed Wolverton has more than 28 years of downtown and economic development experience. It’s experience he hopes will revitalize downtown Wilmington.

“This is a great city, one of the best cities in the United States, and I am so excited to be a part of that and working with the community to bring even more growth and development to downtown,” Wolverton said.

Wednesday WDI introduced Wolverton to his new community, which has a few familiar faces from his past.

“I met Ed when he first got to Greensboro and took over DGI, Downtown Greensboro Inc., and worked with Ed every year on events downtown,” Wilmington resident Tommy Lineberry said.

Lineberry lived in Greensboro for several year before moving to Wilmington a few years ago. He says the Port City is fortunate to have Wolverton.

“Ed ran a great organization,” Lineberry said. “He supported everybody and everything that he could.”

Wolverton says he is looking forward to working with city leaders and downtown business owners to attract even more investment and interest to our area.

“The community has done such a great job through generations of keeping and preserving the older historic buildings,” Wolverton said. “Not every community has done that.”

And as WDI prepares for this new chapter, residents like Lineberry are looking forward to the new changes heading to downtown.

“He’ll step it up,” Lineberry said. “He will get people involved, and he’ll get people moving.”

During Wolverton’s time in Greensboro, its downtown attracted more than $290 million in new investment, including both commercial and residential projects.

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