City Edition October 2013

Commercial Listing Service Seeks to Boost Development

The Community and Business Development Department has started a Commercial Property Listing Service and incentive program designed to spur economic development by promoting existing commercial property that is for sale or lease along select thoroughfares in the city’s Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area.

The program includes a listing service through the CBD webpages and cash incentives that will be paid to licensed real estate agents and chartered community development corporations that facilitate the sale or lease of property listed through the service. A business must open on the property within a year of the sale or lease for an incentive to be paid.

The incentives range from a minimum of $1,000 to a maximum of $2,000. Federal Community Development Block Grant guidelines and guidance from the City Council exclude some types of businesses and uses from being eligible for incentives. The CDBG guidelines restrict the use of these funds to the NRSA.

Only North Carolina-licensed real estate brokers and incorporated CDCs are eligible for incentives. This initiative is a pilot program to be reviewed by City Council after six months.
Properties must be located along eligible thoroughfares and must be listed on the city’s NRSA Commercial Listing Service to be eligible for the incentives. However, properties may also be listed elsewhere, such as a multiple listing service or broker website.

The Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area is an area designated by the City Council in need of focused assistance.

Eligible thoroughfares are:

  • Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between Cleveland Avenue and Waughtown Street.
  • Patterson Avenue between Indiana Avenue and Liberty Street.
  • Northwest Boulevard between University Parkway and Liberty Street.
  • Liberty Street between Akron Drive and Patterson Avenue.
  • New Walkertown Road between Martin Luther King Jr. Drive and Carver School Road.
  • Waughtown Street between Mock Street and Reynolds Park Road.
  • Peters Creek Parkway between US 421/ Business Interstate 40 and Link Road.
  • Indiana Avenue between Patterson Avenue and 28th Street.
  • Cherry Street between Reynolds Boulevard and Brownsboro Road.
  • Akron Drive between Indiana Avenue to the west and Liberty Street to the east.

For more information, go to or call CityLink 311.

Nominations Being Accepted for Sustainability Awards

The Winston-Salem Sustainability Resource Center is accepting nominations through Oct. 10 for its inaugural Sustainable Business Awards. The awards will honor local businesses, non-profits, organizations, and individuals who have made exemplary contributions to sustainability in Forsyth County.

Third-party and self-nominations are encouraged; the awards are open to any qualifying business, organization, or individual located or operating in Forsyth County, said Megan Anderson, a member of the center’s advisory board and the chair of the awards program.
“Our mission is to be a catalyst and resource for sustainability change in Winston-Salem and the surrounding community,” Anderson said. “We want these awards to recognize those organizations and individuals that are setting an example for all of us to follow.”

Nominations must be submitted by 4 p.m. Oct. 10. Nomination categories include:

  • Sustainable Business of the Year (1-50 employees)
  • Sustainable Business of the Year (51+ employees)
  • Sustainable Non-Profit of the Year
  • Spirit of the Community (open to groups and individuals)

Winners will be announced at the Sustainable Business Awards and Celebration on Oct. 30 at the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art. Winners will receive a hand-made glass award made of re-purposed materials and commissioned from The Olio, a non-profit glass-blowing program for youth and the community that promotes entrepreneurship and empowerment.

For more information and nomination forms, go to

GED and Job Training Program for High School Dropouts

The city is accepting applications for its next YouthBuild Winston-Salem class, a six-month program that offers eligible high school drop-outs the opportunity to get paid while they earn their GED and learn a construction trade.

YouthBuild is funded by a federal grant and is administered by the Community and Business Development Department. Participants receive a monthly stipend while they while they earn their GED, receive training and certification in a construction trade, and develop leadership skills. All YouthBuild participants also receive a personal development plan as well as assistance after they complete the program to find a job or continue their education.

To be eligible, applicants must be a high-school dropout without a GED and  be between 16 and 24 years old on the date of enrollment. Applicants must also meet at least one of these requirements: live in a low-income household, be a current or former foster youth, have a disability, be the child of an incarcerated parent, be a youth or adult offender, or be a migrant farm worker youth. 

To apply or for more information call (336) 397-7770 or send an e-mail to

Police Promotions Announced

Police Chief Barry D. Rountree of the Winston-Salem Police Department announced today the promotion of 17 police officers, including the promotion of Captain Bryan Blakley to assistant chief, effective September 30.

Blakley has served 27 years in the Police Department. During his career he has served in the Field Services Bureau, Support Services Bureau and Professional Standards Division. Blakley has a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and is a recent graduate of the FBI National Academy. He holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate and is a certified Law Enforcement Instructor. Blakley is married with a son and a daughter.

Promoted to captain are Lieutenants David Perry, effective Sept. 2; and Natoshia James, effective September 30.

Perry is a 23-year veteran of the Police Department. During his career he has served in the Field Services Bureau, Criminal Investigations Division, the Professional Standards Division and the Joint Terrorism Task Force. He has a bachelor’s degree from Appalachian State University and he holds an Advanced Law Enforcement Certificate. Perry is married and has a daughter and son.

James is a 20-year veteran of the Police Department. She has served in the Field Services Bureau, Criminal Investigations Division, and the Support Services Bureau, where she served as the administrative commander. She has a bachelor’s degree in business administration and a master’s degree in management and leadership. James has two sons.

Also promoted are:

  • To Lieutenant: Sergeants Steven Tollie, Eric Montgomery and Christopher Fish.
  • To Sergeant: Corporals Priscilla Thomas, John Leone and Lester Sims.
  • To Corporal/Detective: Officers Brian Ashley, Derek Barker, Jason Bryant, Bradley Logsdon, R. Jerome Paul, Caroline Renew, Amanda Shay, and Jamal Pete.

Watch the most recent promotions ceremony program [video/32min]

Volunteers Needed for Community Roots Day

The Community Appearance Commission, Keep Winston-Salem Beautiful, and the city of Winston-Salem are seeking volunteers to help plant nearly 500 trees in the Castle Heights Neighborhood on Saturday, Oct. 26, during the 21st annual Community Roots Day. 

Volunteers are needed from 9 a.m. to noon. The first 250 volunteers will receive free t-shirts and hats and all volunteers get a free lunch. Volunteers should arrive between 8:30 and 8:45 a.m. at Solid Rock Baptist Church, 3010 Carver School Road.

Roots Day is an excellent opportunities for students, scouts and members of service clubs to complete community service hours. Online volunteer sign-up is available at For more information call CityLink 311 or e-mail

Community Roots Day is sponsored by Waste Management, Lowe’s Home Improvement, Reynolds American, Duke Energy, Keep America Beautiful, the city of Winston-Salem, NC Forest Service, Caterpillar, Dogwood Garden Club, HOH Corporation, North State Environmental, Pepsi Bottling Ventures, Whole Foods, Taylor Investment Properties, Vulcan Materials, Don & Peggy Carter, Joycelyn Johnson family, R. Arthur Spaugh, Zoom, Gallins Foods, Kermit’s Hot Dog House, Miller Landscape Architecture, Hauser Rental, Forsyth County Master Gardeners, Hanesbrands, Pfaff’s Home Service Center, Krispy Kreme, Dewey’s Bakery, Lowes Foods, the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation, New Garden Landscaping, Costco, Krankies Coffee, Stimmel Associates, L.A. Reynolds Garden Showplace.

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Winston-Salem Observes International Day of Peace

Mayor Allen Joines, area ministers and representatives from Compassionate Winston Salem participated in the city’s annual observance of the International Day of Peace on Saturday, Sept. 21, on the steps of City Hall.

The observance began with a minute of silence followed by remarks by the Rev. Lawrence Womack of Saint Anne’s Episcopal Church and a reading of a Peace Proclamation by Joines. The International Day of Peace, a global observance established in 1981 by a United Nations resolution, is a day for strengthening the ideal of peace and alleviating tensions and causes of conflict. On Peace Day each year, young people in countries all over the world observe a minute of silence to support the United Nations in its mission of world peace. Observances have been held in Winston-Salem since 2003.

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