City Edition January 2014

Collection Changes for Martin Luther King Jr. Day Holiday

City offices will be closed Monday, Jan. 20, to observe Martin Luther King Jr. Day. CityLink, the city’s 24-hour citizen service call center, will be open to assist citizens. Garbage and recycling will follow the normal schedule. All yard-waste cart collections will be postponed one day.

A schedule of collection changes for all holidays in 2014 is posted online. For more information call CityLink 311.

City Selects Winner of Centennial Art Commission

The City Council has selected Vandorn Hinnant, a Greensboro artist, as the winner of the city’s Centennial Art Commission. Hinnant’s proposal was recommended to the council by a panel of three local artists who reviewed the 14 submissions the city received.

Hinnant will create two free-standing metal columns, the taller of which will be at least seven feet tall, comprising isosceles triangles. The faces of the triangles will be inscribed with text and images commemorating significant historical figures and events. Read more about the art....

City Repeating Small Business Plan Contest; Information Meeting Set

The city is repeating its Small Business Plan Contest in 2014 and will hold an information meeting on January 13 for entrepreneurs interested in participating. The meeting will be held at 6 p.m. in Room 530 of the Stuart Municipal Building, 100 E. First St., Winston-Salem.

The Community and Business Development Department is sponsoring the contest to promote job creation and small businesses by helping entrepreneurs develop sound business plans. The winning business plan will receive a $5,000 grant for start-up costs, up to $5,000 in a potential matching micro-loan, and technical assistance. 

Eligible submissions must be for micro-businesses (five employees or less) located within the Neighborhood Revitalization Strategy Area. This area includes downtown and portions of the northern, southern and eastern quadrants of the city. Business plans must also create low- to moderate-income jobs or benefit low- to moderate-income residents. Staff from the department’s Business Development Division will be available to provide assistance throughout the competition. Read more about the Small Business Competition....

Federal Hockey League Schedules Game in Winston-Salem

The Federal Hockey League will hold a regular-season game in the Winston-Salem Fairgrounds Annex on March 1. The league scheduled the game to measure interest in putting a team here, Commissioner Don Kirnan said.

“We have targeted a few venues that could make strong additions to our league,” Kirnan said. “We look forward to showing this community what our product is about and gauging the interest in putting a team in here for the ’14-’15 season.” The March 1 game will feature the Watertown (N.Y.) Privateers and the Dayton (Ohio) Demonz.

Tickets for the game cost $10 and are available at the Annex box office and through Ticketmaster. Groups of 15 or more can receive a group price of $8 a ticket.

The Federal Hockey League comprises four teams and is in its fourth season of play. In addition to Watertown and Dayton, it has teams in Danbury, Conn., and Danville, Ohio. More information about the league is available at

Ben Rowe Appointed Assistant City Manager

City Manager Lee Garrity has promoted Budget and Evaluation Director Ben Rowe to assistant city manager. Rowe oversees Budget and Evaluation, Information Systems, Property and Facilities Management, Public Assembly Facilities, capital planning, strategic planning and performance management/benchmarking. 

“Mr. Rowe’s experience and education make him an ideal candidate for the position,” Garrity said. “I have challenged him to use data and benchmarking to take our organization to a higher level of performance and accountability.”

Rowe said, “I am excited about this opportunity to serve the city in this role. I look forward to working with our departments on developing innovative ways to manage our performance.”

Rowe joined the city in 1996 as a budget and evaluation analyst and has served as director since 2012. He has a bachelor’s degree in economics from Wake Forest University, where he graduated Phi Beta Kappa, and has a master’s degree in public administration from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. He is a 2010 graduate of the Public Executive Leadership Academy at the University of North Carolina School of Government. He is a member of the North Carolina Local Government Budget Association, having served as president in 2004-2005. He is also a 2006 graduate of Leadership Winston-Salem. Rowe and his wife, Ann, have three children and reside at 4001 Rookwood Lane in Winston-Salem. He will have an annual salary of $117,000.

City Edition

January 2014

For more information about these stories, or to report problem or request services, call CityLink at (336) 727-8000 or 311 in Winston-Salem.

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