Albeit a coveted vacation destination, Wilmington, North Carolina is also home to a growing population of nearly 400,000 people including the tri-county area of New Hanover, Pender and Brunswick counties. Its mild year-round climate, pristine area beaches and picturesque riverfront vistas have enticed many a newcomer… hook, line and sinker! In addition to its prolific natural attractions, the area offers a diverse canvas of unique residential communities – from stately Greek Revival mansions and quaint Craftsman bungalows lining the cobblestone streets of downtown’s Historic District to master planned communities with an architectural repertoire of low country to modern.
Known as THE PORT CITY, Wilmington is the headquarters for the NC State Port Authority making it an impressive hub for international trade. Air travel through Wilmington International Airport (ILM) provides convenient connections to hundreds of destinations throughout the country and overseas. By land, Wilmington is easily accessible from the west via transcontinental Interstate 40(with a direct connection to Barstow, CA…a mere 2,554 miles away!)and from the north and south via Highways 17, 74,76 and 421.
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.