Author:Geiger, Richard

Because we so strongly believe that economic development and tourism go hand-in-hand, it was a natural collaboration for the Winston Salem Chamber and Visit Winston-Salem to work together on this introduction to Forsyth County and be the first to say, "Welcome!"

In this special publication, you'll learn about many of the initiatives that are driving Winston-Salem's growth and accelerating its reputation as a top-tier destination. Winston-Salem's strong collaborative approach to supporting small businesses and entrepreneurs, as evidenced by initiatives launched in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter (pg 85) and in the 500 West Fifth building (pg 90), have resulted in big gains. In fact, Winston-Salem was recently ranked as best in the nation for generating new startup companies, tied with Charlotte and Austin, in a recent ranking by Wallethub.com.

On the tourism front, Forsyth County is also making gains. The tourism industry generated more than $950 million and 7,200 jobs in Forsyth County in 2018--a year-over-year increase of nearly 6 percent and 2 percent respectively. Our tourism impact in Forsyth County is the sixth highest out of 100 counties in our state, many of which are well-known tourist destinations from mountains to coast.


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