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 and Generation Universal Banker Program Graduates Second Cohort of Students

November 15, 2018
On Friday, November 9, the Wilmington Library became alive with young adults quietly whispering and occasionally laughing. Soon, they will become bankers. With smiles on every face, the joy in the room was clearly palpable.   With 2 p.m. quickly approaching, rows of chairs began to appear. People started filing into the room. From the people...

New Angel Investor Tax Credits Application Open For Delaware Businesses

November 08, 2018
The state of Delaware has made strides to keep its business friendly reputation in the country. Recently, House Bill 170 also known as the Angel Investor Job Creation and Innovation Act has opened its application for Delaware based small businesses and investors.   “We should do everything we can to support Delaware’s innovators and entrepreneurs who...

WLA Members Support Delaware Innovation Week 2018

October 29, 2018
Wilmington Leaders Alliance is excited to have members supporting Delaware Innovation Week. From hosting events to running a contest to pay for an exhibitor table, WLA members will be prominent during this statewide event.   M&T Bank It has been a busy year in the community for WLA member M&T bank. Thanks to their sponsorship for...

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