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Posted on: December 5, 2019

Union Station To Be Opened for Public Tours

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NEWS RELEASEHistoric Resources Commission | Dec. 5, 2019

The city will open the restored Union Station to the public for tours during January, February and March. The station is at 300 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive.

The tours are free and no reservations ...

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: December 5, 2019

Local Governance Study Commission Briefed by Former Mayors, Plans Public Input Sessions

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorDec. 5, 2019

During their meeting Dec. 4 the members of Winston-Salem Local Governance Study Commission were briefed by the former mayors of Durham and Greensboro on how their councils were elected and their experiences with ...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: December 4, 2019

Mayor Joines Hosting Tenth Annual City Hall Holiday Music Series

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorDec. 4, 2019

Mayor Allen Joines is inviting city residents and downtown workers to City Hall to hear traditional and contemporary holiday music during the tenth annual City Hall Holiday Music Series, to be held Dec. 9-13. All...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: December 4, 2019

Inspections Division Closed December 11, 11 AM - 2 PM

The Inspections Division will be closed on Wednesday, December 11 from 11:00 AM until 2:00 PM. Staff will not be available to accept phone calls, handle walk-in customers or issue permits. We apologize for any inconvenience.

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Planning & Development Services
Posted on: December 2, 2019

Prepare Now for Winter Weather

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NEWS RELEASEEmergency ManagementDec. 2, 2019

State and local officials are encouraging North Carolinians to plan and prepare now for winter storms, during Winter Weather Preparedness Week, Dec. 1 - 7.

August Vernon, the director of Winston-Salem/Forsyth Cou...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: November 29, 2019

Public Feedback Requested

The Transportation Advisory Committee (TAC) for the Winston-Salem Urban Area Metropolitan Planning Organization (WSMPO) holds meetings on the third Thursday bimonthly or as needed at 4:15 p.m. at 100 E. First Street in the Bryce Stuart Municipal Building ...

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Transportation
Posted on: November 27, 2019

Information Session on Upcoming City Capital Projects

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NEWS RELEASEBusiness Inclusion & AdvancementNov. 27, 2019

The city’s M/WBE Division and the Access Center for Equity & Success are holding an information session and networking opportunity Thursday, Dec. 12, to brief minority- and women-o...

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Business Inclusion & Advancement
Posted on: November 21, 2019

Outstanding Women Leaders Committee Accepting Scholarship Applications

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsNov. 21, 2019

The Outstanding Women Leaders Program Committee is accepting applications for its 2020 Future Outstanding Women Leaders Scholarship, to be awarded next spring. Applications must be submitted by Jan. 31....

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 20, 2019

Collection Changes, CityLink Staffing for Thanksgiving Holiday

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NEWS RELEASESanitation DivisionNov. 20, 2019

City offices will be closed Thursday and Friday, Nov. 28 and 29, for the Thanksgiving holiday. CityLink 311, the city’s citizen service call center, will be closed on Thanksgiving Day but will be open ...

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Sanitation
Posted on: November 19, 2019

Shop for Unique Gifts at the Handcrafted Holiday Showcase this Saturday

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NEWS RELEASEFairgroundsNov. 19, 2019

More than 30 crafters will be offering hand-made, one-of-a-kind holiday gifts on Saturday, Nov. 23, during the Handcrafted Holiday Showcase, from 8 a.m. to noon at the Fairgrounds Farmers Market.

Participating crafters w...

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Fairgrounds
Posted on: November 15, 2019

Winston-Salem Again Ranked as a Top 10 Digital City

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NEWS RELEASEInformation SystemsNov. 15, 2019

For the 18th year in a row Winston-Salem has been ranked as one of the top 10 most technology-savvy cities of its size in America by the Center for Digital Government, a national research and advisory institute....

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 13, 2019

Historic Marker for Local AKA Sorority Chapter to be Unveiled

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NEWS RELEASEHistoric Resources CommissionNov. 13, 2019

A local historic marker commemorating the Phi Omega chapter of the Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. will be unveiled at 11 a.m. Friday, Nov. 15, on the south side of Martin Luther King Jr. Drive between...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: November 13, 2019

New Initiative Ensures Low-Income High School Graduates Can Attend College

Mayor Allen Joines, Council Member Denise D. Adams pose with BB&T, Forsyth Tech and Winston-Salem Al

NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorNov. 13, 2019

Under a new initiative intended to alter the cycle of poverty, students in low-income households who graduate from any high school in Forsyth County will be able to attend Forsyth Technical Community College fre...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 6, 2019

Local Governance Study Commission Briefed on Other City Councils

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorNov. 6, 2019

During their November meeting yesterday the members of Winston-Salem Local Governance Study Commission were briefed on how several other cities and towns in North Carolina elect their city officials.

Jim Westmorel...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: November 6, 2019

First Responders Holding Training Drill at Airport on Saturday

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NEWS RELEASEEmergency ManagementNov. 6, 2019

More than 250 first responders representing 20 agencies will be participating in a large-scale training exercise on Saturday morning, Nov. 9, at Smith Reynolds Airport and three other locations. Residents may se...

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Emergency Management
Posted on: November 6, 2019

Collection Changes for Veterans Day Holiday

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NEWS RELEASESanitation DivisionNov. 6, 2019

City offices will be closed Monday, Nov. 11, for the Veterans Day holiday. CityLink 311, the city’s citizen service call center, will not be staffed but non-911 emergency calls will be forwarded to on-c...

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Sanitation
Posted on: November 5, 2019

Welcome to the New CityofWS.org!

Ed McNeal, Marketing and Communications director, presenting video of new website

The new CityofWS.org launched on October 30, 2019. We hope you like it!

Our top priority with this user-tested redesign was to make it easier to find what you're looking for on any device. Watch the video below for a quick tour.

Also, you can sign up for al...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Historic Marker Unveiling for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority Inc. Phi Omega Chapter

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November 4, 2019 - The Forsyth County Historic Resources Commission cordially invites you to attend the historic marker unveiling for Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Incorporated, Phi Omega Chapter, celebrating and commemorating 95 years of "service to a...

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Posted on: November 4, 2019

Opportunity for Winston-Salem Artists

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November 4, 2019 - The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Public Art Commission is seeking an artist to design and paint a mural on the exterior of the Winston-Salem Farmers Market Building. The cinderblock building will be undergoing a renovation with a mural ...

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Posted on: October 30, 2019

Playground Safety Resurfacing

Annual maintenance of playground safety surfacing at various parks throughout the city.  Playground resurfacing is based upon condition assessments and legal requirements.  Currently the following locations with be under renovations begi...

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Recreation & Parks
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Symposium on Gentrification and Related Issues Scheduled for Nov. 6

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NEWS RELEASEHuman RelationsOct. 29, 2019

The Human Relations Department and the New Horizons Fair Housing Committee of the Human Relations Commission are holding a free day-long symposium Wednesday, Nov. 6, on gentrification and the issues it raises for ne...

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Human Relations
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Leaf Collection Begins Nov. 4

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NEWS RELEASESanitation DivisionOct. 29, 2019

City crews will start collecting leaves on Monday, Nov. 4, in the eastern quadrant of the city (quadrant 1), which is the area roughly east of U.S. 52 and New Walkertown Road.

Collection will proceed clockwise by...

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Sanitation
Posted on: October 29, 2019

Tennis Court Repairs

Tennis courts at Carver High School and Fourteenth Street is currently undergoing renovation to repair and resurface for school play, tournament play, league play and general usage.  The estimated time for completion should be April, 2020.

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Recreation & Parks
Posted on: October 23, 2019

Ribbon Cutting Scheduled for Emmanuel Retirement Village

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NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsOct. 23, 2019

City residents are invited to join Mayor Allen Joines and members of the City Council at a ribbon-cutting ceremony for Emmanuel Retirement Village at 10 a.m. Friday, Oct. 25, at 1605 Village Meadow Circ...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: October 17, 2019

Winston-Salem Posts Healthy Job Growth

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorOct. 17, 2019

Non-farm employment in the Winston-Salem metropolitan area grew by more than 3.9 percent from August 2017 to August 2019, according to preliminary data released by the U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics, rising to ...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 16, 2019

Linda Jackson Barnes Appointed to N.C. Human Relations Commission

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NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorOct. 16, 2019

Linda Jackson Barnes, the director of Mayor Allen Joines’ office, has been appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper to a four-year term on the N.C. Human Relations Commission. Barnes was sworn in Sept. 26.&nbs...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 15, 2019

Smith Reynolds Airport/Whitaker Park Strategic Area Plan Lifts Off

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Planning and Development Services Department—October 15, 2019

A public kickoff meeting for the Smith Reynolds Airport/Whitaker Park Strategic Area Plan has been set for 6:00 pm Thursday, October 17, 2019 at the Carver High School Auditorium, 3545 Carver Sc...

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More information about the plan... Planning & Development Services
Posted on: October 9, 2019

Electric Scooters Returning to Winston-Salem

News Release • Transportation Department • Oct. 9, 2019

Electric scooters are scheduled to reappear in Winston-Salem on Friday, Oct. 11, when Zagster, in partnership with Spin, will put out 100 Spin scooters for public use. A second compa...

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Transportation
Posted on: October 2, 2019

Local Governance Study Commission Briefed on Districting Standards

NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorOct. 2, 2019

During their October meeting yesterday the members of Winston-Salem Local Governance Study Commission were briefed on constitutional and legal standards for re-drawing council ward lines and for adding at-large s...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: October 2, 2019

Applications Available for City of Winston-Salem University

NEWS RELEASEMarketing & CommunicationsOct. 2, 2019

The city is accepting applications for the next class of City of Winston-Salem University, to be held for 12 weeks starting Jan. 30, 2020. This free program gives citizens a better understanding of cit...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: September 30, 2019

City Needs Small Businesses to Share Their Experiences Working on City Contracts

NEWS RELEASEOffice of Business Inclusion and AdvancementSept. 30, 2019

The city is urging local small businesses owned by minorities and women to participate in an independent disparity study that is evaluating the city’s use of minority- and wom...

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Posted on: September 30, 2019

Sister Cities Soliciting Donations to Help Hurricane Victims in Freeport

NEWS RELEASEOffice of Business Inclusion & AdvancementSept. 30, 2019

Winston-Salem Sister Cities is soliciting donations to help the victims of Hurricane Dorian who live in Freeport in the Bahamas, which is one of Winston-Salem’s sister citie...

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Additional Info... Business Inclusion & Advancement
Posted on: September 18, 2019

Winston-Salem M/WBE Mixer

See the events below.

Business Inclusion & Advancement
Posted on: September 18, 2019

Winston-Salem Police Department has joined Neighbors

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We are excited to announce that the Winston-Salem Police Department has joined Neighbors!  While this app will not be monitored by law enforcement 24/7, WSPD can see crime and safety related information posted on the Neighbors app.  So t...

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Posted on: September 9, 2019

WSPD Temporarily Suspends Fallen Officer Ceremonies

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Due to ongoing construction and renovation at the Vivian H. Burke Public Safety Center (Winston-Salem Police Headquarters), specifically in the area of the Fallen Officer Memorial Wall, the Winston-Salem Police Department is temporarily suspending its Fal...

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Police Department
Posted on: September 6, 2019

Construction At Vivian H. Burke Public Safety Center

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Beginning on Monday, September 9, 2019, the main front (public) entrance to the Vivian H. Burke Public Safety Center located at 725 N. Cherry Street will be closed due to renovations. Operations within the building will remain open during this time. Upon ...

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Police Department
Posted on: September 3, 2019

Applicants Sought for Community Appearance Commission

NEWS RELEASECity SecretarySept. 3, 2019

Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke is accepting applications from citizens interested in filling a vacancy on the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Community Appearance Commission.

The vacancy must be filled by a person who...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: September 3, 2019

Fire Department Receives $10,000 Grant for Rescue Equipment

NEWS RELEASEFire Department Sept. 3, 2019

The Duke Energy Foundation has awarded the Winston-Salem Fire Department a $10,000 grant that the department will use to purchase equipment for its swift water rescue team.

Capt. Chris Belcher said the department wi...

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Fire Department
Posted on: August 22, 2019

Truliant Steps Up to Support Think Orange Corporate Investment Fund

NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorAugust 22, 2019

Truliant Federal Credit Union is the first entity to make a substantial multi-year pledge to support the city’s Think Orange campaign to combat hunger in Winston-Salem. Truliant’s $25,000 p...

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Mayor's Office
Posted on: August 15, 2019

Police Promotions Announced

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NEWS RELEASEPolice DepartmentAug. 15, 2019

Police Chief Catrina Thompson announced today the promotion of eight police officers and one non-sworn employee, including the promotion of Captain William H. Penn to assistant chief.

Penn has served 21 years in th...

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Police Department
Posted on: August 14, 2019

"Watch for Me" Campaign Commencing with Education, Then Enforcement

NEWS RELEASETransportation DepartmentAugust 14, 2019 

Winston-Salem’s "Watch for Me" campaign to promote pedestrian and bicycle safety will officially begin Wednesday, Aug. 14, with a public-awareness campaign. Stepped-up enfor...

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Transportation
Posted on: August 9, 2019

Council Member Denise D. Adams Statement on Shooting Death of Julius Randolph Sampson

NEWS RELEASECity CouncilAug. 9, 2019

City Council Member Denise D. Adams today released the following statement about the shooting death of Julius R. Sampson Jr. on Aug. 6:

"This week we lost a beloved and valuable member of our community. Julius "...

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City Council
Posted on: August 7, 2019

Mayor Joines Statement on Hanes Mall Shooting

NEWS RELEASEOffice of the MayorAug. 7, 2019

Mayor Allen Joines today released the following statement about the shooting outside Hanes Mall on Aug. 6:

"On behalf of our entire city, I offer sincere condolences to the family of Mr. Julius Randolph Samps...

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City Council
Posted on: August 6, 2019

Funeral Arrangements for Bill Stuart Announced

NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsAug. 6, 2019

Funeral Arrangements for Bill Stuart Announced; Memorial Book Available for Citizens to Express Their Condolences

The funeral for retired City Manager Bill Stuart will be held at 11 a.m. Saturday, Aug. 10...

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Marketing & Communications
Posted on: August 3, 2019

Bill Stuart Dies; Winston-Salem’s Longest-Serving City Manager

NEWS RELEASECity Manager’s OfficeAug. 3, 2019

Bryce A. "Bill" Stuart, who guided Winston-Salem city government for 26 years as its longest-serving city manager, died this morning of complications from pneumonia. He was 79. 

Stua...

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City Manager's Office
Posted on: August 3, 2019

Bond Projects

Check the progress of bond projects voters approved in 2014 and 2018.

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Posted on: August 3, 2019

Bond Projects

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Check the progress of bond projects voters approved in 2014 and 2018.

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Posted on: August 3, 2019

Business 40 Closure Updates

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Find the latest road closures, detours and more on NCDOT's Business 40 Project website.

Learn More Home - Carousel (City Spotlight)
Posted on: August 2, 2019

Citizen Fingerprinting Location Moving September 1

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The services for Citizen Fingerprinting will be moved from the Public Safety Center on 725 N. Cherry St. to the Alexander R. Beaty Public Safety Training and Support Center located at 1200 N. Patterson Ave. effective September 1, 2019.

Hours will remain th...

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Police Department
Posted on: July 9, 2019

WSFC Utilities Strategic Plan

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On July 8, 2019, the Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission approved a Strategic Plan covering 2020-2024 for our utilities department. Check out our online version to see our new vision, mission and values statements, plus our goals and the strat...

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant - 2017 Award

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The Central Region of the N.C. Professional Wastewater Operators Committee selected the Archie Elledge Wastewater Treatment Plant in Winston Salem for its 2017 Operations & Maintenance Excellence Award.

The award is given annually to a wastewater treat...

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

City Wins Employee Safety Awards From N.C. Department Of Labor

Risk Management - July 1, 2019

City departments and facilities received 32 gold and 11 silver awards in the NC. Department of Labor’s annual safety awards program. The awards recognized city departments or city facilities with 10 or more employee...

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

Disparity Study Information Now Online

The City of Winston-Salem is working on a disparity study, led by MGT Consulting Group, to determine if a gap exists between the use and availability of minority- and women-owned businesses in the city's relevant marketplace.

MGT will be studying expenditu...

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

Think Orange Roundtable Leads To New Partnership For Feeding Kids

Business Inclusion and Advancement - June 28, 2019

Thanks to a connection made through the city's Think Orange campaign, 280 children in Winston-Salem are receiving meals during summer weekends through a new partnership between the Forsyth Backpack Program...

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Posted on: April 4, 2019

What Can You Recycle?

Bryce Stuart Building

Find a listing of what can and can't be recycled.

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Posted on: January 19, 2019

Police Promotions Announced

NEWS RELEASEPolice DepartmentJan. 19, 2019

Police Chief Catrina Thompson announced today the promotions of 10 police officers and four non-sworn personnel:

To Sergeant:  Corporal Barry Martin.

To Corporal: Officers Samuel Diamont, James Gordon, Fleu...

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Police Department
Posted on: November 9, 2018

Body Cam Video of Baldwin Arrest Posted On WSPD Website

NEWS RELEASEMarketing and CommunicationsNov. 9, 2018

The body-camera video that shows the arrest of Rockael Baldwin on Oct. 5 at Hanes Magnet Middle School has been posted on the Police Department’s website. Superior Court Judge Anderson Cromer s...

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