City Sponsoring Bidding & Estimating Seminar for M/WBE Businesses
"Bidding & Estimating 101," a free seminar to help minority- and women-owned businesses improve their bidding and estimating process, will be held June 12 at the Enterprise Center, 1922 S. Martin Luther King Jr. Drive, Winston-Salem. The seminar will be held from 6:30 to 8 p.m. and is appropriate for M/WBE contractors, consultants, professional and general service providers and other minority- or women-owned businesses. Topics will include responding to solicitations, preparing and submitting bids, insurance requirements, M/WBE policies, best practices and more. There is no charge to attend, but preregistration is requested by June 11. For more information and to register, go to CityofWS.org/Bidding101. The seminar is being presented by the city of Winston-Salem in collaboration with the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and the Winston-Salem Black Chamber.
Utility Commission Approves Rate Increases
The Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Utility Commission has approved a 3.5 percent increase in water rates and a 5 percent increase in sewer rates. The service availability charge for water and sewer service for residential water meters will increase by $1.41 per month. The new rates will take effect July 1. The rate changes will support the commission's $45.5 million operations budget, $51.5 million debt service budget, and $114.7 capital improvements budget for the fiscal year that begins July 1. READ MORE
Assistant City Mangers Derwick Paige and Greg Turner to Retire
Assistant City Managers Derwick Paige and Greg Turner have announced their plans to retire effective July 1, concluding a combined 70 years of service to the citizens of Winston-Salem. City Manager Lee Garrity said that Evan Raleigh, the current director of the Office of Business Inclusion and Advancement, will transition into the position currently held by Paige. A search will be conducted for Turner's successor.
First Burke/Joines Scholarship Recipient Graduates
Melanie Lara is the first Burke/Joines Scholarship recipient to graduate from Forsyth Technical Community College. Lara, who was awarded the scholarship in 2016 while a senior at R.J. Reynolds High School, received her associate's degree Thursday and will be attending Salem College. The scholarship pays the cost of tuition and books for up to six semesters at Forsyth Tech. Mayor Allen Joines and Mayor Pro Tempore Vivian H. Burke initiated the scholarship program in 2016 to help deserving students attend Forsyth Tech and further their job qualifications. READ MORE
Silver Hill Neighborhood Remembers with Historic Marker
A local historic marker commemorating the Silver Hill neighborhood is being put up at the corner of Wiley Avenue and Holiday Street in Winston-Salem. The neighborhood was established by African-Americans in the 1880s who worked in Winston's tobacco factories and as domestic workers. During the first decades of the 20th century the neighborhood was surrounded by the new developments of Buena Vista and West Highlands. The neighborhood included a church and cemetery; the church burned down in 1942; the cemetery is now owned and maintained by United Metropolitan Missionary Baptist Church.
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