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.

Industries that Love Winston-Salem, and Why: Part 1

Industries that Love Winston-Salem, and Why: Part 1

Life Science and Biotech thrive in W-S. Here’s why

In economic development, individual regions tend to focus their efforts on specific industries. In this series of posts, we’ll examine why several individual industries have focused their expansion efforts, ultimately, in Winston-Salem, Forsyth County.

Life Sciences and Biotechnology

With the steady growth of life sciences and biotechnology-related businesses, one might assume that any community has a legitimate shot at being the location of choice for one of these forward-thinking companies. In reality, there are key elements that tend to make certain locations stand out over others.

In the case of Winston-Salem, some of those elements revolve around where and how innovation tends to happen. For instance…

Academic chops

It’s fun when the hometown college has a great football team. But real academic quality tends to be the main attraction for big brains, big ideas and big business. More importantly, quality of academics has to extend beyond ivy-covered walls to state institutions and community colleges. And it’s not something that happens over night. For generations Winston-Salem has nurtured its universities and colleges as they have grown into regionally, nationally and in some cases globally recognized academic and research institutions.

Dedicated environment

Any community can throw the words “research park” in front of an office park and claim they have the perfect place for science or tech-related businesses. In truth, the research parks that succeed are developed with purpose in mind. Particularly for life science and biotech, parks must be designed and created with innovation and collaboration in mind. Piedmont Triad Research Park in downtown Winston-Salem is an urban campus based on those exact objectives with a hearty technology backbone and community-wide support.

Innovation street cred

Businesses and institutions want to be where innovation tends to happen, perhaps because they see it as a sign that an area is conducive to creativity and collaboration. Successful breakthroughs in regenerative medicine, nanotechnology, along with innovative programs in biotechnology have earned Winston-Salem a well-deserved reputation for a culture of creativity.

Naturally, other attributes play significant roles in the decision to start-up, expand or relocated here. But it is the community’s understanding of and commitment to creativity and innovation that companies love.

What factors make other industries’ hearts beat faster? We’ll dive into another industry in Part 2.

FedEx Hub May Spur Growth

FedEx Hub May Spur Growth

Source: Winston-Salem Journal
By: Fran Daniel

News that the FedEx Ground sorting hub in Kernersville will be fully operational on Sunday has local officials abuzz with expectations of more development to follow.

“FedEx Ground is building on our strengths in a community that’s known for its logistics,” said Dawn Morgan, mayor of the town of Kernersville.

The sorting hub is a major facility for the southeastern operations of FedEx Ground, a small-package ground carrier and an operating company of FedEx Corp. Material-handling equipment in the building will initially be able to sort 15,000 packages an hour. That number will rise to 45,000 packages an hour when it is operating at full capacity.

“That is just a magnet for other industry in the Triad because other companies may choose to locate near them to take advantage of the express shipping services,” Morgan said.

FedEx Ground broke ground on the $100 million project in November 2008. The 400,000-square-foot hub sits on 125 acres in the Triad Business Park at Old Greensboro Road and West Market Street in Guilford County, within the Kernersville town limits. Kernersville annexed the park in 2008.

Gayle Anderson, president and chief executive of the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce, said the opening of the hub is important for the entire Triad.

“It’s really important as we position, not just Winston-Salem, but the whole Triad region as a logistics center or a logistics hub,” she said. “Having that substantial of a presence with FedEx just adds to our credibility.”

Bob Leak, the president of Winston-Salem Business Inc., said the region is a great place for companies with logistic and distribution needs, as FedEx Corp. has two major operations in the region. In addition, to the new sorting hub, the company has a $300 million cargo hub at Piedmont Triad International Airport.

“Logistics and distribution is one of the top clusters that our area is focused on as far as recruiting companies,” Leak said.

The FedEx Ground sorting hub will have 750 employees, contractors and office staff, who have already been hired.

“A lot of those people, I’m sure, will be Forsyth County residents,” Leak said.

That should help the local economy, he said, as these employees will probably shop, dine and spend money in the county.

Winston-Salem Mayor Allen Joines said city officials are delighted to have additional jobs in the community.

“We certainly hope that FedEx Ground is successful in their location there and looking forward to helping to finalize some of the transportation issues they need to deal with there,” Joines said.

The 750 people who will work at the hub is more than the 500 initially projected by FedEx Ground.

“They’re exceeding the employment figures that were originally cited to elected officials back in 2008,” said Jeff Hatling, community development director for Kernersville.

Kernersville has been working with developers for more than 10 years to create the Triad Business Park and other nearby business parks, he said.

Triad Business Park is managed and being developed by Samet Corp. of Greensboro and is owned by TDO Land Holding LLC. FedEx Ground owns its 125 acres within the park.

Hatling is encouraged that FedEx Ground’s new sorting hub is opening as the country is recovering from a recession.

“We just feel it’s a positive indication of future growth in those other parks we’ve worked with developers on,” Hatling said.

So good to be so low

So good to be so low

Low cost of living leads to high ranking for Winston-Salem

A recent blurb in the Winston-Salem Journal reported that our fair city ranks as one of the least expensive places to live in the world.

The Cost of Living Survey for 2011, conducted by Mercer LLC, ranked Winston-Salem 18th out of 214 cities after comparing cost related to things such as housing, food, clothing, transportation and entertainment. Winston-Salem made the list in 2010 at number 17 as well.

This underlines one of the factors that makes Winston-Salem, Forsyth County such an appealing place for businesses interested in expanding or relocating. What makes this ranking all the more significant is when you realize how much you can get for your money here. Winston-Salem manages to be remarkably affordable while still offering an exceptional quality of life.

Although cost of living is only one of several data points to consider when deciding on where to grow a business, the area’s combination of positive attributes (i.e. infrastructure, relatively easy access to major markets and available workforce) is what makes Winston-Salem a ideal choice.

To learn more about the survey, visit the Mercer website (a copy of the report is available for purchase).

UNCSA Chancellor to Conduct National Symphony At Kennedy Center

UNCSA CHANCELLOR JOHN MAUCERI TO CONDUCT
THE NATIONAL SYMPHONY ORCHESTRA AT THE KENNEDY CENTER
Event on Sept. 8 To Commemorate 10th Anniversary of Sept. 11

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WINSTON-SALEM – Chancellor John Mauceri of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) will conduct the National Symphony Orchestra at the John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts during a private concert to commemorate, in words and music, the 10th anniversary of the tragedies that took place on Sept. 11, 2001. The concert is co-presented with The New Republic.

More than 2,000 people are expected to attend “9/11: 10 Years Later: An Evening of Remembrance and Reflection,” which begins at 7:30 pm on Thursday, Sept. 8. The by-invitation-only audience at the Kennedy Center will include members of the 9/11 community and other special guests.

Christiane Amanpour, moderator of ABC News’ This Week, will host the event. At press time, confirmed featured performers and soloists include Tony Award-nominated actor Raúl Esparza, mezzo-soprano Denyce Graves, folk and country singer Emmylou Harris, and Grammy Award-winning jazz musician Wynton Marsalis. Commemorative remarks and readings will be delivered by speakers including former secretaries of state Colin Powell, Condoleeza Rice and Madeleine Albright.

A world-renowned conductor, Maestro Mauceri will lead the National Symphony Orchestra as it performs the National Anthem, Samuel Barber’s “Adagio for Strings,” Stephen C. Foster’s “Hard Times Come Again No More,” “A City Called Heaven,” and more.

Mauceri conducted the first public concerts in Los Angeles after Sept. 11, 2001. His three commemorative concerts at the Hollywood Bowl included the world premiere of a work by Jerry Goldsmith (“September 11, 2001”), composed for those concerts, which brought 54,000 people to the amphitheater. One year later, Mauceri led the first anniversary concert in New York City at the invitation of Mayor Michael Bloomberg, in which orchestras in each of the city’s five boroughs performed in the city parks. Mauceri conducted the Brooklyn Philharmonic that night, Sept. 11, 2002.

Both Maestro Mauceri and the School of the Arts have extensive connections with both Washington and the Kennedy Center. Mauceri served as Music Director of the Washington Opera, Music Director of Orchestras at the Kennedy Center, and Consultant for Music Theater at the Kennedy Center for more than a decade. Among the many UNCSA alumni who live and work in Washington are UNCSA School of Music alumnus Robert Oppelt, principal double bass for the National Symphony, and UNCSA Board of Trustees member Dan DeVany, vice president and FM general manager WETA, Washington.

John Mauceri is the Chancellor of the University of North Carolina School of the Arts (UNCSA) and the Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra. His distinguished and extraordinary career has taken him not only to over 25 of the world’s greatest opera companies and more than 50 symphony orchestras, but also the musical stages of Broadway and Hollywood, as well as the most prestigious halls of academia.

Maestro Mauceri has served as music director of four opera companies: Washington (National), Scottish (Glasgow), the Teatro Regio (Turin, Italy), and Pittsburgh. He is the first American to have held the post of music director of an opera house in either Great Britain or Italy. He was the first music director of the American Symphony Orchestra in Carnegie Hall after its founding director, Leopold Stokowski, with whom he studied. He was Consultant for Music Theater at Washington’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts for more than a decade, and, for 15 years, he served on the faculty of Yale University. For 18 years, Mauceri worked closely with Leonard Bernstein and conducted many of the composer’s premieres at Bernstein’s request.

On Broadway, he was co-producer of On Your Toes, and served as musical supervisor for Hal Prince’s production of Candide as well as Andrew Lloyd Webber’s Song and Dance. He also conducted the orchestra for the film version of Evita. Among his many awards and honors are a Tony, Grammy, Billboard, Olivier, and two Emmys. Last year, his recording of Erich Korngold’s Between Two Worlds was selected by Gramophone magazine as one of the 250 Greatest Recordings of All Time. In April, Gramophone named two of his recordings with the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra among the “10 great studio re-creations” of classic movie soundtracks.

Chancellor Mauceri holds the lifetime title of Founding Director of the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra, which was created for him in 1991 by the Los Angeles Philharmonic, and with whom he led over 300 concerts to a total audience of over 4 million people. He has written for and appeared on radio and television and has delivered keynote speeches and papers for major artistic and educational institutions, such as Harvard University, the American Academy in Berlin, the Chamber Music Society of Lincoln Center, the American Musicological Society, and the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. He recently published articles for Cambridge University Press and Gramophone magazine.

Mauceri has taken the lead in the preservation and performance of many genres of music and has supervised/conducted important premieres by composers as diverse as Debussy, Stockhausen, Korngold, Hindemith, Bernstein, Ives, Elfman, and Shore. He is a leading performer of music banned by the Third Reich and especially music of Hollywood’s émigré composers, and can be seen and heard on many recent DVD releases of classic films.

Recent performances include an October 2010 debut in Spain at the Bilbao Opera as musical director of Susannah, with composer Carlisle Floyd present; and a November 2010 debut in Denmark with The Danish National Orchestra, conducting “Emigrés and Protégés – The Hollywood Diaspora.” He has just completed a critically acclaimed run as musical director and artistic supervisor of Rodgers & Hammerstein’s Oklahoma!, an all-UNCSA production and restoration of the original 1943 Broadway production which has been videotaped for broadcast on UNC-TV on Oct. 12.

One of the world’s preeminent experts on film music, Chancellor Mauceri appeared on June 29 at an event celebrating the life of film composer Bernard Herrmann, at WQXR in New York City, which can be heard online at WNYC’s The Greene Space. In addition, a studio recording of George and Ira Gershwin’s 1930 hit Broadway musical, Strike Up the Band, conducted by John Mauceri, has just been released (June 21) by PS Classics. Maestro Mauceri recently made his debut at the Aspen Music Festival conducting his edition of Dmitri Shostakovich’s score to Hamlet, adapted from the 1964 Soviet film score for six actors and symphony orchestra.

In August 2011, Chancellor Mauceri returned to the Hollywood Bowl, where he led the Hollywood Bowl Orchestra in Walt Disney’s Fantasia. He returns to Los Angeles in October to conduct a benefit performance for the Motion Picture & Television Fund. The annual event, “A Fine Romance,” features a breathtaking array of singers from film and stage musicals performing the songs that have tied New York and Hollywood together for decades.  Catherine Zeta-Jones and Hugh Jackman will host.

And in January 2012, Maestro Mauceri travels to Denmark for a live, televised performance with the Royal Danish National Orchestra, honoring Queen Margrethe on her 40th anniversary as monarch.

The University of North Carolina School of the Arts is the first state-supported, residential school of its kind in the nation. Established as the North Carolina School of the Arts by the N.C. General Assembly in 1963, UNCSA opened in Winston-Salem (“The City of Arts and Innovation”) in 1965 and became part of the University of North Carolina system in 1972. More than 1,100 students from high school through graduate school train for careers in the arts in five professional schools: Dance, Design and Production (including a Visual Arts Program), Drama, Filmmaking, and Music. UNCSA is the state’s only public arts conservatory, dedicated entirely to the professional training of talented students in the performing, visual and moving image arts. For more information, visit www.uncsa.edu<http://www.uncsa.edu>.

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