Allen Joines

Mayor of the City of Winston-Salem


James Allen Joines received his Bachelor of Science Degree in Political Science from Appalachian State University, his Masters in Public Administration from the University of Georgia and an Honorary Doctorate of Law from Wake Forest University. In 1971 he began his career in Winston-Salem as Assistant to the City Manager. Subsequent promotions were to Director of Evaluation, Public Safety Coordinator, the Director of Development, and Deputy City Manager. He retired from the City in 2000 to become the President of the Winston-Salem Alliance, a non-profit development corporation that strives to improve economic vitality and employment opportunities in Winston-Salem. Allen Joines was elected mayor of the City of Winston-Salem in November 2001 and was re elected in 2005, in 2009, and again in 2013, to become the longest-serving Mayor in the history of the City.

As Mayor of Winston-Salem, he has concentrated on rebuilding the economy and in unifying the community. During Mayor Joines’ first term, over 4,000 jobs were created through recruitment of new companies. He continued to emphasize job development over his next two terms and more than forty companies have relocated to, or expanded in, Winston-Salem, creating an additional 8,000 new jobs. Mayor Joines continues to work to create additional jobs through recruitment and the expansion of existing companies and new businesses. He has spearheaded an effort to make Winston Salem a vibrant center for bio tech and other knowledge-based companies. He continues to strive to make Winston-Salem a place that embraces innovation and rapid change.

During former Governor Michael Easley’s tenure, he appointed Mayor Joines to the North Carolina Local Government Commission, the Fiscal Modernization Study Commission and to the 21st Century Transportation Study Commission. In May 2009, former Governor Beverly Perdue appointed Mayor Joines Chairman of the State Economic Development Board. In November of 2009, she appointed Mayor Joines to serve on the North Carolina Innovation Council, which she created, and the North Carolina Bio Fuels Board. Former Governor Perdue included Mayor Joines on the Logistics Task Force and, in January of 2013, appointed him to the North Carolina Banking Commission.

Mayor Joines has been on The Triad Business Journal's list of the “Triad's Most Influential People” for the years 2006 through 2014. In 2003, the Mayor was named “Man of the Year” by The Winston-Salem Chronicle, and received the “Dare to Dream” award during the 2005 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. Mayor Joines received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arthritis Foundation of North Carolina in 2007. In that same year, the North Carolina Chapter of the American Planning Association presented him with the “Marvin Collins Planning Award for Distinguished Leadership of an Elected Official.” In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Old Hickory Council. The Winston-Salem Foundation awarded him its highest honor in 2002 for “Committing his Life to the Betterment of Winston-Salem.” In 2013, the Winston-Salem Journal named Mayor Joines one of fifty individuals who helped shaped Winston-Salem in its first one hundred years.

Mayor Joines created a Ten-Year Plan to end chronic homelessness in 2006 and, as a result of this work, homelessness has been reduced by 67%. He continues to move forward on this issue and, on November 11, 2014, was able to announce that veteran homelessness in Winston-Salem has been eliminated.

In March of 2012, Mayor Joines launched his Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative. The goal is to educate children, aged seven to ten, and their parents, about the importance of good nutrition and exercise. Currently, Mayor Joines is developing a plan and strategy to reduce the incidences of poverty in Winston-Salem.

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