Home to prominent global corporations such as GE Hitachi /GE Aviation, Corning, Verizon Wireless, and PPD; Wilmington also supports a burgeoning small business economy with continued performance above the national average – primarily in the tourism and retail sales sectors. Since the early 1980s, the film industry has gradually become another integral player in the local economy. Commonly dubbed Wilmywood, our budding East Coast headquarters for the film industry is credited with such feature films as Safe Haven, Blue Velvet, and Iron Man and popular TV series Dawson’s Creek, Sleepy Hollow and Under the Dome. Filming for movie, television, and commercial productions take place throughout Wilmington or at EUC/Screen Gems Studios. Of international acclaim, Wilmington’s annual Cucalorus Film Festival has attracted a staunch following in the 20 years since its inception.
– Forbes ,2010
– Fortune Small Business, 2009