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.

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.

What’s the biggest surprise in Winston-Salem?  Part 2

What’s the biggest surprise in Winston-Salem? Part 2

The second of 3 articles discussing our community’s most pleasant surprises.

While vacationing and visiting family in a few different places around the Eastern U.S. this past summer, the second surprise came to me almost as soon as I got back home to Winston-Salem.

I had an early meeting that was “all the way across town” from my house. And on the mere 15-minute commute that morning, I recalled just how much more difficult the commute would be if I were living anywhere else. Then I started thinking about the other aspects of life in our area that would be different.

And I realized something that I had long forgotten (more like taken for granted) about Winston-Salem, Forsyth County: how wonderfully easy it is to live here.

View of downtown Winston-Salem from Old Salem

While the morning commute provides an obvious contrast to other, larger metro areas, the “easy” factor extends to many other areas that set Winston-Salem apart from just about anywhere else.

For instance, Winston-Salem received a #10 ranking for affordability and fun in a recent Better Homes & Gardens Real Estate report along with the #10 spot in Kiplinger’s annual list of cheapest U.S. cities in which to live.

Of course, a shack in the woods can be an affordable place to live. The amazing part is what Winston-Salem has to offer in terms of amenities, schools and access to other markets, while being an affordable place to live.

People here enjoy a thriving arts community, including various festivals, theater companies and a respectably broad local music scene. A revitalized downtown keeps the streets active while cozy urban and suburban neighborhoods offer a close sense of community and familiarity.

Winston-Salem is an easy place to live. Camel City Carriage ride.
Photo courtesy of Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership.

And since Winston-Salem is so well connected to other cities and markets, it’s easy to get away for business or pleasure. More importantly, it’s even easier and more enjoyable to come home again.

Look for the next surprise in Part 3, coming soon. You can read Part 1 here.

What surprises you about Winston-Salem? Share your ideas here.

 

Winston-Salem is Proud to Host the RiverRun International Film Festival

Winston-Salem is Proud to Host the RiverRun International Film Festival

The RiverRun International Film Festival is a regional event based in Winston-Salem, NC and is one of the premier film festivals in the southeastern United States. The 14th annual RiverRun will be held April 13–22, 2012.  This video provides a wonderful overview of the event:

 

Enjoy!

RiverRun – Sponsorship from RiverRun International Film Fest on Vimeo.

 

WSBI introduces free WS Business mobile app

Winston-Salem Business Inc. is pleased to announce the introduction of our new WS Business mobile app.


Developed specifically for WSBI, the WS Business mobile app serves as your gateway to important economic development news and events in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, NC.  The WSBI mobile App allows users to:

  • Get updates on economic development news and events in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
  • View available buildings and sites for your business along with maps and an overview of each site
  • Get an inside look at Life in Winston-Salem and Forsyth County
  • Stay connected with WSBI via Twitter and other social media platforms

Developed by Winston-Salem technology firm MobileClik, the WS Business App is available for download at the Apple AppStore.

For more information, please click here.