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

Universal Banker Program: Creating Pathways to a Positive Future

March 15, 2019
Catching up with Justice, Cohort 1 graduate   Justice graduated from the first cohort of the WLA and Generation Universal Banker Program in October 2018. Since then, he’s been gainfully employed by WLA member, Capital One as a Customer Service Solutions Technician. WLA caught up with Justice last month to check in and hear about...

Warehouse to Change Lives of Wilmington Youth

February 28, 2019
The 2017 recipient of The Pete duPont Freedom Foundation Reinventing Delaware award is making waves in the local community. WLA Executive Member Joe Westcott of Capital One joined Mayor Mike Purzycki, and City Councilmen and women at the official unveiling of The Warehouse, Inc. on January 17th, 2019.   The Warehouse is a collaborative effort...

WLA Member TAPP Network Collaborating With GIFT Global To Promote Delaware Changing Lives Initiative

February 28, 2019
WLA member TAPP Network recently announced their collaboration with GIFT Global and their coalition, Delaware Changing Lives. This initiative was designed to help make mindful practices easily accessible to Delawareans. Along with a website and social media campaign, TAPP is supporting a live event at Kingswood Community Center. Joining the company and international nonprofit are...

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