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.

Forsyth Technical Community College will introduce new engineering program, other courses

Forsyth Technical Community College will introduce new engineering program, other courses

Forsyth Technical Community College, the second largest school of its kind in the Triad, is introducing several new programs for the 2015-2016 academic year, including an associate degree in engineering. Learn more here.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company completes donation of laboratory building to WPDA, Inc.

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company completes donation of laboratory building to WPDA, Inc.

WINSTON-SALEM, N.C. – July 10, 2015 – R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company announced today that it has completed the donation of a laboratory building in the Whitaker Park complex to WPDA, Inc. (WPDA), a nonprofit corporation created by Winston-Salem Business Inc., the Winston-Salem Alliance and Wake Forest University. WPDA is pursuing opportunities to lease the approximately 87,000-square-foot building and the nearly four-acre lot on which it sits to stimulate economic development in the complex.

“The gift of the Toxicology Building by R.J. Reynolds to WPDA is the first step in our goal to re-purpose Whitaker Park into a mixed-used development,” said Don Flow, Chairman of WPDA. “We will be working closely with Winston-Salem Business Inc. to market the space to companies on our target list.”

Earlier this year, R.J. Reynolds entered into an agreement to donate a significant portion of the Whitaker Park manufacturing buildings and certain surrounding properties to WPDA. The Whitaker Park plant and remaining properties within the scope of the donation agreement will be transferred to the group by the end of 2016.

Named in honor of John C. Whitaker, a former chairman of R.J. Reynolds, the Whitaker Park manufacturing plant opened in 1961 and initially covered about 14 acres, including 615,295 square feet of floor space. Designed by R.J. Reynolds’ engineering department and constructed by employees, it was the world’s largest and most modern cigarette plant at the time.