Changing Lives

Connecting for Safety

Personal safety is a fundamental principle that favors or blocks urban prosperity. Both real and perceived safety affects relationships between citizens, businesses and authorities, reinforcing cooperative behavior that helps build trust, happiness and ultimately the livability of cities.
  • Influencers on city’s hiring of a new police chief in 2017.
  • Advocating to keep business here because they see change
  • Driving community revitalization efforts to provide more options for dining, arts, entertainment downtown to attract critical mass
  • Investment in affordable housing, revitalization of neighborhoods ridden with blight
  • Support of programs that provide safety ambassadors downtown such as Downtown Visions, (BPG has employed their own security to patrol the Market Street Corridor as well)
  • Championing workforce Development Initiatives to provide a pipeline to employment with livable wages


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Wilmington Fire Chief Mike Donohue

"A lot of our folks and people come from the immediate area. This area needs to be as strong as possible to support us as we continue to grow. That's our straight-up and clear interest in wanting to be a part of and live in a vibrant community."

– Rod Ward, CEO, CSC

Safety in Numbers

Wilmington Leaders Alliance and its members are advocates for a safer Wilmington. A safe City will come with living wage jobs, revitalization of blighted areas, re-use of vacant properties, increased homeownership and financial stability, and available housing that is affordable to workers of all income levels. A safe city attracts and retains businesses, residents and visitors.

A Safer Wilmington

Mayor Mike Purzycki and Chief of Police Robert J. Tracy have worked to provide weekly data-driven performance measurements for the Wilmington Police Department in 2018.

As the city of Wilmington works to improve public safety, the Mayor and Chief of Police would like to offer more statistical insights to the public. The below link showcases weekly performance measurements which indicate crime reporting, statistical analysis, and information-sharing as central components of modern-day policing.

This methodology, which has been used by the New York Police Department since 1994; allows the police department to track data in near real-time, providing the department greater levels of accountability, focus, and follow-up, while creating transparency between the public and City government.

Use this link to access the latest weekly report and link to WLA site:


Impact & Innovation

WLA Member Capital One Opens Headquarters in Wilmington, DE

May 23, 2019
WLA member Capital One has strengthened its commitment to Wilmington, DE with the opening of its newly remodeled headquarters. After a hiring decline, banking related jobs have rebounded with a surge in an increasingly vibrant fintech scene.   The goal of the renovations was to attract young talent to an industry that is increasingly blurring...

WLA Member M&T Promises New Jobs to Wilmington, DE

May 23, 2019
M&T Bank and its Wilmington Trust subsidiary will hire hundreds of tech talent over the next few years, including 200 new “technologists” — software engineers and designers, UI/UX and web developers, database and cybersecurity experts, and technical team leads — over the next five years, and reinforce its commitment to downtown Wilmington.   Along with...

WLA Member Christiana Health Care Supports Youth Development Efforts Spearheaded by REACH Riverside

April 09, 2019
WLA member Christiana Care Health System has made helping local Wilmington, Delaware initiatives a priority. This time, they are making an impact and investment on community health with a $1 million gift to REACH Riverside Development Corporation.   The gift will support various efforts in community health and wellness education, resources for teen programming, and...

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