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.

What’s the biggest surprise in Winston-Salem? Part 3

What’s the biggest surprise in Winston-Salem? Part 3




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

For this final entry in the “three most pleasant surprises” series, I was inspired by a recent walk through Downtown Winston-Salem. As I passed our local Arts Council offices, the first Arts Council in the nation, I tried to think of what other organizations, companies, brands or innovations started here. I knew there were quite a few, but I did not know that early autumn stroll would yield such a surprisingly long list.

The area is well known for its heyday as a corporate and manufacturing center for tobacco and textiles industries. R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company revolutionized production techniques that transformed the industry. The Hanes family name long ago achieved megabrand status worldwide for quality and value. Both companies spawned brands that became (and many still are) household names.

But when you look beyond those two industry giants, you find other brands, companies and technologies that have worked their way into daily life in markets around the world.

Take Krispy Kreme, for example. In 1937, long before Manhattanites lined up around the block for “hot doughnuts now,” Vernon Rudolph punched a hole in the wall of his doughnut bakery to sell fresh, hot, glazed Krispy Kremes to passersby.

A colleague working in Winston-Salem once went on a business trip to Dallas and brought back a bottle of Texas Pete thinking he had snagged an authentic Lone Star State souvenir—only to find that the iconic hot sauce is, and always has been, made right here in the Twin City by Garner Foods.

As for breakthroughs in technology, especially in life science, see the Wake Forest Institute for Regenerative Medicine where laboratory-grown tissue and organs are developed for use in organ transplants and other therapies for humans.

Forsyth Technical Community College continues to lead the way in revolutionizing workforce training for biotechnology, nanotechnology and advanced manufacturing industries.

While the examples above may grab more headlines, Inmar Inc., which began here in 1980 as a coupon company, has become a superstar among any business relying on retail or online transactions. This growing Winston-Salem company now processes a digital coupon every second of every day.

There are more brands, companies and innovative “firsts”—too many to list here, in fact—that started in or around Winston-Salem. Add all of the well-known companies coming into the area like Caterpillar and Herbalife or that have a significant presence like BB&T and Wells Fargo, and you end up with a list of businesses and institutions that never fails to surprise even the most knowledgeable local business leader or economic development professional.

Click these links to read parts 1 and 2 of this series.

What surprises you most about Winston-Salem?

Share your ideas here.