Economic Development

Growth Done Smarter

A catalyst for meaningful change

As a catalyst for transformation, Wilmington Leaders Alliance members are working towards making Wilmington the most dynamic and scalable city in America by elevating initiatives such as Zip Code Wilmington, Year Up, Tech Impact, and Generation.

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Wilmington makes a promise

WLA continues to assess the workforce landscape in Wilmington, a priority need identified for residents and employers alike is a robust soft skills training program.  Download our workforce development report to better understand the landscape in Wilmington here. Many applicants may have the skill sets required to move forward in the hiring process, but do not advance due to soft skills such as interviewing and customer interfacing. WLA drives to make that change.


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A Targeted Opportunity

Wilmington employers need entry to mid-level staff that have existing soft skills and customer service training.

WLA Partnering with Generation

Among other successful job training organizations in Wilmington, Generation is a unique provider for the Certified Nursing Assistant and Customer Service Representative professions. For these roles Generation is providing a solution to growing demand and a need for workers with strong character and soft skills. In addition to its existing programs, Generation has the capability to design programs for individual employers or coalitions of employers.
WLA is working with Generation to launch a soft skills job training program for the financial services industry. This program will train for positions in retail banking such as customer facing tellers and customer service call centers. WLA is also exploring new opportunities to address workforce needs and is working with Generation on a program for BlueTech employers in fields such as warehouse services, delivery drivers, service-oriented call centers and more.

"I’m fixing computers. I’m working in Active Directory. I’m restarting SQL Servers. You know? I’m configuring databases. So, it’s definitely a 180-degree difference from before I started till now."

– Aundre Chambers, WSFS Service Desk Analyst, & IT Works Alumni Ambassador

Workforce Development Placement Grows by 92%!

WLA Members are advocates for the City of Wilmington and are involved in attracting and retaining businesses and talent to the area.

Wilmington Leaders Alliance takes economic growth very seriously. As one of our four core areas of focus, We believe that “Developing Wilmington’s position as a thriving and prosperous city in a 21st-century global economy requires excellence in workforce development. This requires intentional partnerships between employers, investors, training providers, and the government.” Taking the measures to enhance the economy and allow for prosperity will ensure the growth and wealth of this great city.

As Wilmington continues to emerge as a technological hub on a national scale, ventures like Zipcode are linchpins in furthering that progression. With a placement rate of an outstanding 92%, jobs and employment amongst Wilmington’s population is demonstrating growth and expansion in the city.

Impact & Innovation

Generation Pre-Apprentice Construction Course featured on 6 ABC

August 16, 2019
On July 17th, students in the Generation and ABC of Delaware Pre-Apprentice Construction program had an opportunity to experience their very own “Journey Day.” Thanks to the partnership with Williamson College of the Trades, students gained insight on the various trades in the construction industry and learned about the benefits of working in construction. The...

Wilmington Leaders Alliance Announces Partnership with Wilmington Renaissance Corp to Create the Wilmington Alliance

August 06, 2019
In June of 2019, at the Board of Directors meeting, the leadership of the Wilmington Leaders Alliance (WLA) approved a motion to partner with the Wilmington Renaissance Corporation (WRC) to create the Wilmington Alliance. A New Strategy for Ongoing Goals The newly created Wilmington Alliance will work with the business community and local nonprofits in...

Youth Opportunity Fair to Feature Workforce Development Programs.

July 29, 2019
The City of Wilmington will be holding a youth opportunity fair on July 30th. Many local companies and organizations will be participating including Wilmington Leaders Alliance partner, Generation USA.    At the fair, there will be 2-3 vendors per classroom with some organizations conducting on-site interviews. There will also be a quiet space available for...

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