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.
Allen Joines was elected Mayor of the City of Winston-Salem in November 2001. He was re elected in 2005, 2009, 2013, and again in 2016, becoming the longest serving Mayor in the history of the city.
As Mayor, he has concentrated on rebuilding the economy and 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, and more than 40 companies have relocated or expanded in Winston-Salem, creating an additional 10,000 new jobs. He continues to work to create additional jobs thru recruitment, expansion of existing companies, and new business start-ups. His goal is for Winston-Salem to be one of the top 50 metro areas in the country by the year 2020.
He lead the implementation of the Ten Year Plan to End Chronic Homelessness Commission in 2006; and as a result of this work, it has been reduced by over 60%. In March 2012, Mayor Joines launched his Childhood Obesity Prevention Initiative to help educate children seven to ten years of age, and their parents, about the importance of good nutrition and exercise. He has formed an initiative to work on reducing poverty in Winston-Salem and is making that one of his top priorities.
Mayor Joines was voted one of the “Most Influential” people in the Triad for 2006 thru 2015. In 2013, the Winston-Salem Journal named him one of the fifty individuals who helped shape Winston-Salem in its first one hundred years.