Winston-Salem, NC

Winston-Salem, located in Forsyth, County, North Carolina, also known as the “twin city” is a part of the Piedmont (Winston-Salem, Greensboro, High Point) Metropolitan area and has a population of about 240,000 people. Winston-Salem’s Growth Domestic Product (GDP) in fiscal year 2013 was close to $30 billion out of the state’s combined metro GDP that was closer to $410 billion. It is home to market leading companies – R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Company (RJR), Lowes Foods., Branch Bank and Trust (BB&T), and Krispy Kreme Doughnuts. Winston-Salem, is an educational, and research and development market home to Wake Forest University its largest employer. The nation’s largest propane company, Blue Rhino is also based in Winston-Salem. Winston-Salem’s Key Location Objectives (KLO), are healthcare, and retirement and has been listed as a key place to retire in the United States by CBS MoneyWatch. There is strong growth in healthcare, trade, business and professional services sectors of the Winston-Salem marketplace. The city is transforming itself from a textiles and tobacco industry into the high technology sector of high nanotechnology.