City of Arts and Innovation
Nicknamed the City of Arts and Innovation, Winston-Salem
offers an unparalleled quality of life that comes at a remarkably affordable
price. This growing region has been called out as one of the finest locations
in America for business and industry, for start-ups, for job growth, for
working mothers, for singles, for young professionals, and for families.
The city is home to internationally-regarded University of
North Carolina School of the Arts, America’s only residential, state-supported
school for the arts. UNCSA performs more than 350 cultural programs each year
in the spectacular 1,200-seat Stevens Center for Performing Arts. The Piedmont
Triad Symphony, Piedmont Opera Theatre and touring Broadway shows also perform
at Stevens Center.
Although traditionally associated with the textile and
tobacco industries, the county is transforming itself to be a leader in the
nanotech, high-tech and bio-tech fields. Medical research is a fast-growing
local industry, and Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center is the
largest employer in Winston-Salem. Blue Rhino, the nation’s largest propane
exchange company and a division of Ferrellgas, is also headquartered in
Winston-Salem. A portion of downtown Winston-Salem has been designated as the
Piedmont Triad Research Park for biomedical and information technology research
and development. It is the location of
the corporate headquarters of BB&T (Branch Banking and Trust Company),
HanesBrands, Inc., Krispy Kreme Doughnuts, Inc., Lowes Foods Stores, ISP
Sports, Reynolds American (parent of R. J. Reynolds Tobacco Company), Reynolds Manufacturing Solutions, Southern Community Bank, K&W Cafeterias and TW
Garner Food Company. PepsiCo has its Customer Service Center located in
Winston-Salem as well.
Neighborhoods in Winston-Salem pride themselves on their
lush landscaping, towering trees, winding streets, and, above all, safety. The
county is home to everything from turn of the century homes in historic
districts such as Old Salem to contemporary custom homes in new communities.
The cost of living in Winston-Salem is among the most affordable in the
country, and there is a home to suit any budget. Forsyth County offers
everything that residents could need, right at their front door.