Downtown Wildwood Receives Recognition

Published Thursday, October 24, 2019

Farmer's Market at Byrne Plaza in Wildwood, NJ
October 24, 2019, Wildwood, NJ
– The Wildwood Business Improvement District (WBID) continues to receive accolades for the
development of Byrne Plaza and improvements in Downtown Wildwood!

On October 18th, Downtown New Jersey (DNJ) presented the Individual of Excellence Award to John Donio, WBID Board President, for Achievements in Promoting and Revitalizing Downtown Wildwood. Presented at the 2019 DNJ Conference at the Westminster Arts Center in Bloomfield, NJ, the DNJ award recognized John for leading the resurgence of Downtown Wildwood and being a vital part of WBID’s efforts to improve economic development and growth of Downtown Wildwood,ultimately impacting overall tourism in the Wildwoods. John has been WBID Present since 2012 and owns the Daytona Inn and Suites in Wildwood. Most notable of his many accomplishments, John led the launching of the new $1.15 million-dollar Byrne Plaza in Downtown Wildwood – a 60,000 square foot outdoor space which hosts over 100 events annually. Patrick Rosenello, Executive Director, Wildwood Business Improvement District Management Corporation praised John, saying “During his tenure as president of the WBID, John Donio has dedicated his efforts in achieving the WBID’s key objectives – to increase foot traffic to the downtown, attract new
businesses, and showcase Downtown Wildwood as a viable tourist destination. The evolution of the Downtown the past seven-plus years is remarkable, due in no small part to John’s dedication and contributions.” The WBID is proud of Downtown Wildwood improvements and congratulates John
Donio on this well-deserved recognition.

Additionally, WBID was recently informed that Byrne Plaza has been designated as a 2019 Great Place in New Jersey by the New Jersey Chapter of the American Planning Association! According to the notification letter, “Great Places in New Jersey celebrates downtowns, public spaces, streets, and neighborhoods of exemplary character, quality and planning. These places represent the gold standard in terms of having a true sense of place, cultural and historical interest, community involvement and a vision for tomorrow.” Since its inception in 2012, the APA New Jersey Awards Jury has designated 35 locations throughout the state worthy of being called “great” and Byrne Plaza will be joining this elite group on October 30th at the Awards Reception that will take place at the South Orange Performing Arts Center.

The Wildwood Business Improvement District is a legal, self-governing, non-profit corporation that provides services to the Wildwood Business District through a self-imposed assessment. The WBID works with the City of Wildwood to improve existing services to the District and provide additional enhancements and focus. Funding is created through an annual assessment on property in the district, collected by the City, but transferred and controlled by the BID. The BID management team
implements an annual strategic and operating plan.

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