WSBI Honored at 2018 SEDC Annual Conference


     For Immediate Release


         Contact:  Gene Stinson, President       

         The Southern Economic Development Council

         Phone:               (404) 523-3030

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Winston-Salem Business Inc. Honored at the 2018 SEDC Annual Conference


MOBILE, ALABAMA (July 30, 2018) – The Winston-Salem Business Inc. received two honors for a communications piece at the SEDC Communication Awards Ceremony. The awards ceremony was held during the 2018 Southern Economic Development Council (SEDC) Annual Conference, July 29-31, 2018 in Mobile, AL.


 “These annual Communication Awards recognize and showcase the leading communication and marketing work done by economic development professionals throughout the south. The Winston-Salem Business Inc. hit the mark this year with these communication pieces.  Its entry in the General Purpose Brochure category titled Living in Winston-Salem Brochure, won an Award of Merit for the Medium Division. Its entry in the General Purpose Brochure category titled Demographics Brochure, won an Award of Excellent for the Medium Division. These pieces not only showed creativity, but also solid messaging and effectiveness at reaching their target audience. We were wowed by all the entries we received this year, and were impressed with the high level of marketing work being done in economic development by SEDC members,” said SEDC president, Gene Stinson, after the ceremony.



The Communication Awards are given each year by SEDC at its annual conference.  Over twenty categories of communications and marketing work submitted by SEDC members are evaluated within four divisions. The awards are: BEST OF SHOW, BEST OF CLASS, SUPERIOR, EXCELLENT, MERIT, and SPECIAL JUDGES’ AWARDS. Judging criteria for General Entry Awards include Graphic Appeal, Clarity of Message, Quality of Information, Positioning / Differentiation and Format. All winning pieces were on full display for attendees to view during the conference.

Judges for the Communication Awards competition are economic development consultants, communication and design professionals from across the southern United States who work with clients in developing strategies for growth in their communities. SEDC chose these judges because of their knowledge of the economic development process, the development of marketing content, and graphic de­sign. They understand the needs businesses have in choosing a site and how communities and economic development organizations can reach prospective clients through their marketing efforts. 


The SEDC Annual Conference is SEDC’s main educational event of the year. Over 300 economic development professionals spent three days networking and learning recent economic development trends and strategies from corporate, government and executive professionals.


SEDC is the oldest and largest regional economic development association in North America, with more than 900 members representing a variety of backgrounds. From local, regional and state economic development agencies, chambers of commerce, business and industry, utilities, transportation, finance and education, members share a common interest: the promotion and enhancement of the economic development profession. To find out more about SEDC, please visit                  

Cook Medical to Convert Former Cigarette Facility to Medical Device Manufacturing

Cook Medical to Convert Former Cigarette Facility to Medical Device Manufacturing

Winston-Salem, N.C. – Today, Cook Medical announced a letter of intent was signed with the Whitaker Park Development Authority Inc. to acquire a long-standing facility at Winston-Salem’s Whitaker Park. A portion of the R.J. Reynolds building will transform into a modern, world-class medical device manufacturing facility.

“To turn part of the R.J. Reynolds building into a life-saving and life-changing medical device manufacturing facility is an exciting transformation,” said Barry Slowey, president of Cook Medical’s Winston-Salem facility. “We’re proud to reinvest in the community, the history and the local economy.”

Built in 1961, the 850,000 square-foot facility will be home to Cook Medical’s current workforce of more than 650 employees in Winston-Salem. Production at the facility ended in 2012. With a history of revitalizing once-vacant buildings, Cook plans to invest in the property so it will once again be an economic driver for the community.

“We need the new space to modernize and transform our operations and manufacturing that will continue providing innovative technologies to help treat patients around the world,” Slowey continued. “The flexibility that the R.J. Reynolds space provides will allow us to purpose build for efficiency in our production lines.”

The completion of the acquisition is subject to certain conditions, including inspections of the property and finalization of agreements with the City of Winston-Salem, Forsyth County and the state of North Carolina and is expected to occur in the third quarter of this calendar year.

About Cook Medical
Since 1963 Cook Medical has worked closely with clinicians to develop technologies that eliminate the need for open surgery. Today we are combining medical devices, biologic materials and cellular therapies to help the world’s healthcare systems deliver better outcomes more efficiently. We have always remained family owned so that we have the freedom to focus on what we care about: patients, our employees and our communities. Find out more at

Forbes Names Winston-Salem Among Thriving Cities Amazon Should Consider

Forbes Names Winston-Salem Among Thriving Cities Amazon Should Consider

Since Amazon (NASDAQ: AMZN) announced plans to build a second headquarters, 238 bids from cities across North America, including four North Carolina regions, were submitted to attract the ecommerce retail giant.

On Thursday, Forbes published a list compiled by members of the Forbes Agency Council of 14 U.S. cities that make the most sense for Amazon’s HQ2. Winston-Salem ranks No. 11, after Newark and Salt Lake City.

Four Triad development agencies submitted a joint proposal in October called “Triad is Prime.”

Here’s what Robby Berthume, CEO of Bull & Beard, said about Winston-Salem:

“The city of arts and innovation has enjoyed a renaissance in recent years. Tobacco factories have been transformed. Hundreds of millions have been spent on Wake Forest Biotech Place and endless infrastructure projects. There’s an international airport. The cost of living is low, the labor pool is ready and there are around 30 colleges in a 30-mile radius. investment in biotechnology and infrastructure, an international airport and a low cost of living as reasons the city would be a stellar choice for HQ2.”

Detroit ranked No. 1 on the list, followed by Atlanta and Boston.

Click here for more from Forbes.

By   –  Data Reporter, Triad Business Journal


Winston-Salem City Council includes Whitaker Park in 2017 Economic Development Priorities

Winston-Salem City Council includes Whitaker Park in 2017 Economic Development Priorities

The Winston-Salem City Council announced that the redevelopment of Whitaker Park will be one of their main goals in 2017.  The council also discussed their plans to revise local  economic development incentives to give more weight to job creation.  

Read the Winston-Salem Journal’s full article here.


Reason To Believe Announces Opening at Whitaker Park

Reason To Believe Announces Opening at Whitaker Park

Reason To Believe Company (RTB), a manufacturer of innovative, technology-based solutions for the health of hair, skin and nails, announced today the opening of its key ingredient manufacturing facility in the newly renovated Whitaker Park development in Winston-Salem.  RTB is the first tenant to open as part of the revitalization of the former RJ Reynolds campus.

Learn more about this exciting announcement here.