Winston-Salem has ranked for the first time on Livability’s list of Best Places to Live – a national list comprised of the top 100 American cities out of about 1,000 that are considered. The ranking includes factors like demographics, the economy, health, housing, and education. This year as the world faces the Coronavirus pandemic, Livability added an opportunity score to the ranking system – measuring variables like job numbers, broadband access, economic resilience and growth. Winston-Salem’s diversity of higher education opportunities, the rich history of its Moravian heritage, and its robust arts scene are featured as a few of the community’s highlights. This year, Winston-Salem has also ranked as one of the best places for newly remote workers to live and one of the best places to start a small business. 2020 BEST PLACES TO LIVE – WINSTON-SALEM
During its fiscal year 2019, IFB Solutions added nearly 42,000 hours of employment and hired almost 100 people who are blind. Deemed an essential business by the Dept. of Defense, the nonprofit kept most of its operations running even as the pandemic continued. IFB Solutions also earned new business by producing masks for the U.S. Air Force and supported hundreds of employees who could not work through its innovative People First Fund. Across its three locations in Winston-Salem, N.C., Asheville, N.C., and Little Rock, Ark., IFB Solutions employs nearly 500 people who are blind or visually impaired, making it the largest employer of people who are blind or visually impaired in the country.
Whitaker Park Development Authority is currently working on developing a master plan for the re-development of Whitaker Park. There are a number of key components to this strategy that are being explored. The re-development plan is designed to be a guide, but WPDA wants to maintain the flexibility to change the plans based on timing, market opportunity and business interest.
Whitaker Park offers WPDA a number of exciting opportunities. There are a number of existing buildings that will be available for uses ranging from light manufacturing to residential to R&D. In addition to the re-use of the existing buildings, vacant property will be available for speculative and build-to-suit opportunities. Design estimates prepared for WPDA indicate that in excess of two (2) million square feet of new space can be built out on developable land.
Whitaker Park is proud to be part of NC Carolina Core.
Strong, innovative companies are investing and growing here. Companies like Amazon and Publix have announced plans to make the Carolina Core their next big move. And companies like Honda Aircraft Company, Pfizer, FedEx, HAECO and Aetna are continuing to grow here.