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Why You Want To Be In Winston Salem

As a city of over 360,000, Winston-Salem is known for its diversity of business and community with a strong and unwavering commitment to the arts, excellence in healthcare research and technology, and opportunities for specialized and advanced education. In recent years Winston-Salem has moved from a manufacturing-based economy (tobacco/textiles) to an information and technology-based economy, especially in the areas of medicine, research and finance.

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Top employers in our city include Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center and Novant Health, Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Schools, Wake Forest University, Wells Fargo, BB&T and Hanesbrands. Other companies of note include Reynolds American, Krispy Kreme, Lowes Foods, Inmar, Cook Medical and Garner Foods (the makers of Texas Pete).

Winston-Salem receives national recognition from major news outlets like Politico, the New York Times, and the Wall Street Journal as a creative economy powerhouse and a great place to live. Forbes and Livability rated Winston-Salem as one of the best downtowns in America for its quality of entertainment options, well-planned design, unique architecture, green spaces and walkability.

 

As you can see, Winston-Salem is way cooler than where you currently live. Unless, of course, you already live in Winston-Salem.

 

Winston-Salem is located in the Piedmont Triad of North Carolina (along with Greensboro and High Point) near the Triangle (Raleigh, Durham and Chapel Hill) and Charlotte. With a diverse business climate and ample creative opportunities, Winston-Salem is the City of Arts and Innovation.

 
 
 
 

Winston Starts is located downtown in what is known as the Central Business district. Our offices are a short walk (or at the most a short drive) away from bars, restaurants, music venues, art galleries, performance spaces, museums and much, much more.

Visit the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership website for a robust directory of options to work, play, learn and live.

 
 
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Fourth Street

Fourth Street is the main business corridor in downtown Winston-Salem. Restaurants, hotels, coffeehouses, microbreweries and business headquarters can all be found on this single street stretching from the West End to the Innovation Quarter (and only a block away from Winston Starts). 

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Industry Hill

Amidst the backdrop of historic structures, the neighborhood has become a blooming hub for makers and creatives, entrepreneurs and entertainers. Industry Hill represents the collaborative efforts of community stakeholders who are actively shaping our bright collective future.

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Innovation Quarter

Innovation Quarter is one of the fastest-growing urban-based districts for innovation in the United States. Home to more than 170 companies, five leading academic institutions, more than 3,700 workers, 1,800 degree-seeking students and more than 8,000 workforce trainee participants, the Innovation Quarter is a place for research, business and education in biomedical science, information technology, digital media, clinical services and advanced materials—creating a robust knowledge community.

The Innovation Quarter- Be Here.

The Future of Winston Salem

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Reynolda

One name looms large in Winston-Salem, and that’s R.J. Reynolds. His legacy was forged through his tobacco company and his name still rules along the Reynolda Mile, a vibrant little neck of the woods that packs culture and history with taste and indulgence. Here you’ll find Graylyn, Reynolda House, Reynolda Gardens, Reynolda Village and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art (SECCA). It’s Winston-Salem’s destination for shopping, dining and sightseeing, and moments away from downtown.

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Trade Street

An ultra-hip area of downtown, the Downtown Arts District is an eclectic collection of working studios, galleries, shops, residences, restaurants, and nightlife. Just a block from the Benton Convention Center, this exciting neighborhood is easy to find and even easier to enjoy.

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West End

The West End neighborhood was one of the first streetcar suburbs in North Carolina and contains well-detailed examples of the Queen Anne, Neo-Classical Revival, Colonial Revival, and Craftsman styles. The neighborhood today is one of the most intact, fully-realized examples of a “turn of the century” suburb and has retained its system of parks and residential boulevards.

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Sports and Recreation

If you’re a player, spectator or both, Winston-Salem has many opportunities to take time away from the office and connect with friends and neighbors.

 
 

Winston-Salem also has a bike sharing program and a continually-expanding system of greenways to explore.

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