WSBI Honored at 2018 SEDC Annual Conference


     For Immediate Release


         Contact:  Gene Stinson, President       

         The Southern Economic Development Council

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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                  

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