Award-winning planner to speak at WDI economic luncheon


By Jenny Callison

An award-winning city planner who has made his mark in New York City as well as in Raleigh will speak in Wilmington in March.

Mitchell Silver, chief planning and economic development officer for the City of Raleigh, will headline the Wilmington Downtown, Inc. 2012 Downtown Economic Series luncheon March 7. Silver, who is currently president of the American Planning Association, led Raleigh’s comprehensive plan update process and is now overseeing a revision of the city’s development code.

Before coming to North Carolina, Silver worked as policy and planning director of New York City. He was also a principal of a New York City-based planning firm and, before that, a deputy planning director in Washington, D.C. He has taught graduate planning courses at Hunter College, Brooklyn College, Pratt Institute, and N.C. State University.

Seats for this event are $50 per person, or $450 for a table of 10, and can be purchased online at For more information, call 763-7349.

Wilmington Downtown, Inc. (WDI) promotes the economic growth and development of downtown Wilmington through recruitment, expansion, site selection assistance and their small business loan program.