R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s Historic Headquarters

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s Historic Headquarters

This past Friday (6/27), the iconic R.J. Reynolds building in downtown Winston-Salem was purchased by a real-estate developer out of Philadelphia, PA. The PMC Property Group will spend an estimated $60 million in converting the office building into mixed-use space. Learn more about this exciting project here.

Big Snow? Not a Problem in Winston-Salem

Big Snow? Not a Problem in Winston-Salem

The winter of 2013-14 will go down in the record books for many cities around the country, whether it’s for cold temperatures, snowfall, or both. Record-breaking snowfalls in Detroit and New York along with ice storms covering Dallas and Atlanta had many cities scrambling to keep roads cleared and business operating.

Here in Winston-Salem, we proudly claim to have a great climate for business. Many people are drawn to the area because of the beautiful four-season climate, without having to suffer through an extreme winter full of ice and snow. But that doesn’t mean we never see snow. Most of the time it’s a nice little dusting, but once every few years or so we happen to get a big storm. This winter, we had a storm that rivaled record snowfalls. For nearly 36 hours the city experienced a mixture of winter weather, from heavy snow to sleet and freezing rain. In all, we had about 6 to 8 inches of snow covering Winston-Salem and the surrounding area. Luckily, our city was prepared. Within 24 hours of the snowfall, the primary roads were mostly clear, thanks to a DOT that has things under control. A crew of snow plows, motor graders, salt spreaders and brine trucks are able to clear 400 miles of major arterial roads and 245 miles of residential side streets within a 24 hour period.

What does this mean for local businesses? It means that companies can be up and running, staying at the height of productivity, even after a major winter storm. And it means that people who can’t imagine winter without snow will find our area a perfect place to relocate. While we don’t get a big snowfall every year, it happens just often enough to satisfy the snow lovers. And the beauty of it is, you get to enjoy building a snowman with the kids one afternoon, and still get back to work the next day.

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Take a closer look at a prime site in Winston-Salem

Take a closer look at a prime site in Winston-Salem

(Before someone else snatches it up.)

A new site is ready for development in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County. And it may not stay undeveloped for long. Here’s why.

The 99.4-acre site, owned by WSBI and located at 3200 Temple School Road, is more than a diamond in the rough. Nearby Union Cross Business Park is nearly filled—an industrial park developed by WSBI that is home to manufacturing, distribution and corporate facilities. Other adjacent facilities are up and running as well, including a Caterpillar manufacturing operation and the soon-to-open Herbalife manufacturing and distribution hub. This means the site is already well connected with high-capacity utilities and convenient access to a major interstate.

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Plus, the site is certified “ready for immediate development” by the North Carolina Certified Sites program.

In other words, the hard part is already done.

The site is ideal for advanced manufacturers, data centers or logistics operations looking for a prime opportunity to build. The acreage is large enough to accommodate up to a 1-million square-foot facility or several smaller facilities.

Add in the fact that Winston-Salem, Forsyth County is an outstanding place for business* and you have a site that is ready to take one fortunate (and fast-moving) company to the next level.

 

* We’ve written extensively about what makes Winston-Salem, Forsyth County an ideal location for business. Read more about our quality workforce, worker training and other attributes at our WSBI website

 

Dr. Beverly Emory to lead Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

Dr. Beverly Emory to lead Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools

The Winston-Salem Journal reports:

The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools selected its first female superintendent Tuesday by unanimous vote.

Beverly Emory, 56, will be the sixth superintendent to lead the state’s fifth-largest school district, which was created when city and county school systems merged in the 1963-64 school year. Emory, a North Carolina native, comes to Forsyth County from the Pitt County Schools, where she has served since 2006.

Click here for the complete article from the Winston-Salem Journal.

WXII/ Channel 12 reports on the incoming Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools superintendent here.