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April 2016

General Manager Talks About New Hotel in Iconic Winston-Salem Building

For more than 85 years, it’s stood like a fortress in downtown Winston-Salem. Some have called it the city’s architectural signature. When the RJ Reynolds Building opened in April of 1929, it was the tallest building in North Carolina. It was also the tallest between Baltimore and Miami.

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Construction Starts on Innovation Quarter Greenway

The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter announced the beginning of construction Thursday on the new greenway and rail trail that will run eventually through the entire length of Innovation Quarter.

The first part of the project is under construction from the north side of East Third Street to Research Parkway near Business 40, then south toward Rams Drive and west toward East Salem Avenue.

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Our View: Bring on the Bailey Power Plant

We bet it was the iconic smokestacks. They couldn’t resist the smokestacks.

Wexford Science & Technology has bought about two-thirds of the iconic Bailey Power Plant to develop into commercial properties, the Journal’s Fran Daniel reported last week. This is, some feel, the final piece of the puzzle to complete the primary development of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

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March 2016

Wexford to Develop Portions of Bailey Power Plant at the Innovation Quarter

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter announced this morning that Wexford Science & Technology has bought portions of the Bailey Power Plant for a $40 million redevelopment project.

Wexford bought about two-thirds of the plant, which ceased operations about 20 years ago, for an undisclosed amount. The deal includes most of the plant’s surrounding grounds, including its iconic chimney stacks.

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February 2016

Software Developers to Converge on Wake Forest Innovation Quarter this Weekend

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter will play host this weekend to the Triad Developers Conference, the second annual event focusing on software industry trends and topics.

Held all day in Wake Forest Biotech Place at 575 N. Patterson St., the conference will offer software developers and students access a range of speakers and panel discussions as well as hands-on learning.

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Work on Downtown Rail Trail to Start Soon

Work on a rail trail in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter will start in March following approval of a contract for the work this week, city officials said.

By the spring of 2017 it should be possible to walk or bike through the Innovation Quarter from Martin Luther King Jr. Drive on the north down to Rams (Stadium) Drive, crossing over Seventh, Fifth, Fourth and Third streets along the way.

Eventually, the trail will connect to the Salem Creek Greenway that runs alongside the creek of the same name, making bike trips possible to Marketplace Mall on Peters Creek Parkway to the west and to Salem Lake to the east.

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January 2016

Forsyth Commissioners OK Money for Kailo, Extension for Innovation Quarter

The Forsyth County Board of Commissioners on Monday approved $42,900 in incentives for Kailo Services LC and amended an economic development agreement for Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

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Forsyth Commissioners to Vote on Agreements for Kailo, Innovation Quarter

he Forsyth County Board of Commissioners will vote Monday on two economic development items — an agreement to provide incentives to a health care information technology company, Kailo LLC, and a resolution to revise an economic development agreement for Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Under a 2007 agreement, Forsyth County commissioners agreed to provide about $6.7 million to support a project to expand Piedmont Triad Research Park, now Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

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Development of Bailey Park in Innovation Quarter Continues, Thanks to Local Support

Bailey Park, the common space carved out in the middle of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, will get further enhancements, thanks to the support of companies and groups connected to Winston-Salem.

Plans call for a new entrance plaza including a water feature and a walkway connecting the upper and lower levels of the park, which sits south of Wake Forest Biotech Place within the downtown research park.

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Improvements planned for Bailey Park downtown

Bailey Park in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter downtown will get architectural and landscaping improvements in the first half of the year.

The enhancements, expected to be completed in April, include an entrance plaza with a water feature and a walkway that will connect the existing upper level of the park and the planned lower level.

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North Carolina remains in top 5 states for migration within U.S.

North Carolina proved a less popular place to move to in 2015, according to the annual United Van Lines’ report released this week.

North Carolina ranked fifth, down from third in 2014 and 2013. There were 6,149 inbound household shipments and 4,291 outbound for an overall inbound proportion of 58.9 percent, according to the report released Monday.

…Vitner said Greensboro and Winston Salem “have seen considerable economic momentum and improvement that seems to be independent of what is happening in Raleigh and Charlotte.”

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December 2015

Editorial: Our View: Bailey Power Plant will Come to Life

Cheers to the city and county for agreeing to support the Bailey site. This is a fine Christmas gift to Winston-Salem and Forsyth County, and it comes just in the nick of time, taking full advantage of the state’s historic-preservation tax credits program.

The Winston-Salem City Council and Forsyth County Board of Commissioners each promised $3 million for the redevelopment of the Bailey Power Plant site in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the Journal’s Wesley Young reported Tuesday. Votes were unanimous during city and county board meetings on Monday. Both entities had signaled their desire to help earlier, but the county had taken the time to find the best legal avenue to assist.

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City, county to offer millions in support of Bailey Power Plant project

The city of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County each signed off Monday on $3 million of support for the redevelopment of Bailey Power Plant, the former energy hub for R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co.’s manufacturing operations in downtown Winston-Salem.

The Wake Forest Innovation Quarter site is envisioned as a unique mixed-used project that would include restaurant, retail and event space to complement the office and laboratory space now housed in renovated RJR buildings in the quarter.

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Forsyth commissioners OK $103K courthouse study

The Forsyth County commissioners voted 6-1 Monday to authorize a $103,000 contract to update the 2009 study of the Hall of Justice…

The commissioners also approved an interlocal agreement to help the city pay for parking decks to support a development near BB&T Ballpark, and they authorized up to $3 million to support the redevelopment of Bailey Power Plant.

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Eric Tomlinson: Time to power up Bailey

In 1997, after 71 years of operation, Bailey Power Plant ended its life as one of the main energy suppliers to downtown Winston-Salem. Since then, while its smokestacks still make up part of Winston-Salem’s iconic skyline, the cavernous building has sat empty, a constant reminder of both the history of our area and the potential for its future.

Much of the former tobacco industry district that surrounds Bailey Power Plant has since been, or is being, redeveloped. Biotech Place, 525@vine, the Inmar building, Plant 64, the Wells Fargo center, Bailey Park, Goler Heights, the soon-to-be-completed Bowman Gray Medical Education and Wake Forest University buildings, the Kimpton Cardinal Hotel and the Residences at the R.J. Reynolds Building stand as compelling examples of our collective ability to find innovative ways to help evolve and grow the city of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County toward a prosperous future full of opportunity and hope.

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Forsyth commission to vote soon on Bailey Power Plant

Forsyth County commissioners will soon vote on two items that would support development in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

The board will vote on providing up to $3 million in reimbursements to support a project to redevelop the iconic Bailey Power Plant building.

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November 2015

Panelists recall life for black people in tobacco district neighborhoods

Panelists at the “Remembering the Neighborhood” event recalled when Patterson Avenue was a thriving part of the black community with a YMCA branch and many businesses on it. They also recalled what life was like in the surrounding black neighborhoods of the former Winston-Salem tobacco district.

“Reynoldstown was a very special place for all of us,” said Annette Scippio. “When we grew up there we didn’t know how really special it was because we just thought it was home.”

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Thriving neighborhood once stood in present site of Innovation Quarter

Redevelopment in the former tobacco district in downtown Winston-Salem has brought new life to the city, but the history of the district has not been lost.

In order to complete the narrative of the transformation of the tobacco district into the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, the Quarter hosted an event Saturday at The Biotech Place to celebrate the area’s past.

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Clock Ticking On Funding For Downtown Revitalization Project

A deadline is quickly approaching about a development project that could breathe new life into downtown Winston-Salem. Developers are anxious to start the Bailey Power Plant project before historic credits expire.

The iconic R.J. Reynolds smokestacks at the Bailey Power Plant are still part of the downtown skyline.  Operations have been shuttered for nearly two decades, and now there’s a plan to revitalize the property.

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Council approves innovation quarter and pepper building deals

The Winston-Salem City Council gave the go-ahead to several economic development efforts on Monday, approving a new location for a parking deck in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter and a loan to jump start the renovation of the Pepper Building.

The parking deck project is a relocation of one that was approved by the city council in 2013. At that time, the proposed deck location was in the block bounded by Research Parkway and Seventh and Fifth streets.


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Center for Design Innovation awarded HoloLens developer kits from Microsoft, to add hologram augmented reality to its line of research

Center for Design Innovation, a multi-campus research center of the University of North Carolina system, is a finalist in the Microsoft HoloLens for Academic Research program and will receive two HoloLens developer kits and specialized training at the Microsoft campus in Redmond, WA.

This award will enable CDI to advance its research by augmenting design processes with interactive holograms. The award will introduce cutting edge technology to faculty and students from CDI’s academic partners including Winston-Salem State University, UNC School of the Arts and Forsyth Technical Community College.

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Wake Forest Innovation Quarter gathering district’s history as it moves toward its future

The redevelopment of former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. buildings in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is laying out a new future for the downtown Winston-Salem research park.

But to not lose the district’s past, Wake Forest Innovation Quarter is hosting “Remembering the Neighborhood,” a free public event on Nov. 21 to collect and commemorate stories from the former manufacturing hub and surrounding area.

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Creative Revitalization Requires Commerce and Community Downtown

You can’t say that the officials behind the Innovation Quarter are blindly banking on one specific thing to continue to revitalize Winston-Salem in its ongoing transformation from a tobacco town to a hub of technology, education, entertainment and culture. On Nov. 3, at the Center for Design Innovation, Eric Tomlinson, president of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, gave a recap of where the project stands today and where it’s headed in the coming years. An extended greenway system, an iconic archway over the interchange of Research Parkway and US 52, designs to transform the Bailey Power Plant into a mixed-use facility by mid 2017, and longer-term plans for 2.5 million square-feet of new construction in what’s called the Central Area over a 10- to 15- year period were all part of the quarterly presentation.

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Inmar’s Technology Team to Host Community Tech Night

Inmar Inc.s computer engineers spend their days developing technology and data solutions for the worlds leading brands, retailers and health systems and will spend the evening of November 12 serving those in the community who have computer issues or just want to learn more about them. Inmar is teaming with WinstonNET to offer this service. WinstonNET is a community technology nonprofit with a mission to close the digital divide and serve as a resource for computer access and training.

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Editorial: Bailey Power Plant: Time, money of the essence

There’s agreement among our leaders on the necessity of renovating Bailey Power Plant, a crucial piece of the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter. The tricky part is paying for that renovation.

Developers have asked the city of Winston-Salem and Forsyth County to provide $3 million each to help complete it, the Journal’s Meghann Evans reported recently. We hope they’ll be able to find ways to meet much of that request. This is a project that should eventually pay for itself, both in terms of encouraging economic development and in growing the tax base.


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October 2015

Carolina Liquid Chemistries Completes the Family of Chemistry Analyzers Designed for All Sizes of Clinical Laboratories

Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp. (CLC) recently completed their branded line of chemistry analyzers which completes their all new family of instruments.  The FDA cleared the CLC1600 as part of the CLC6410 family for use with a variety of methods. C

Carolina Liquid Chemistries Corp, known for providing clinical laboratories with instruments and over 80 reagents that aid in diagnosing and treating patients, now offers the CLC720i, CLC800, CLC1600, and the CLC6410. The CLC1600 meets the needs of a high volume clinical laboratory, while offering current technology typically not available on older analyzers.

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Winston-Salem Combines History With Modern in Downtown

As cities across the United States try to draw in growth with the help of modern architecture and development, investors and officials in Winston-Salem, North Carolina, are finding that growth comes with a mix of modern taste and old, historic structures.

Years ago, giant tobacco factory buildings, part of the R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co., ruled Vine Street in Winston-Salem.

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Bailey Power Plant plans moving forward in Innovation Quarter

The redevelopment of the Bailey Power Plant complex may finally be coming to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter.

Wexford Science & Technology, the development partner of the Innovation Quarter, is going forward with the redevelopment, assuming the city and county step in to help.

The decision comes as time is starting to run out for taking advantage of tax credits that have made much of the renovation possible in Innovation Quarter.

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Possible Bailey Power Plant Renovation

The last remaining historical R.J. Reynolds property in downtown Winston-Salem in need of improvements could soon be getting a much needed face lift.

Wexford Science and Technology may invest $40 million into the Bailey Power Plant. The potential plans call for a mixed use development with retail, restaurants and office space. However, the company is asking city council for $3 million back in property taxes over a period of 10 years.

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September 2015

WFU Announces Plans for Undergraduate Classes in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Wake Forest University announced Wednesday that it will offer undergraduate classes in the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter in downtown Winston-Salem.

WFU has leased space in a former R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. building from Wexford Science and Technology LLC of Baltimore, the university said in a statement. Wexford is renovating space in the 60 series building, next to the planned home of the Wake Forest School of Medicine, to accommodate classrooms and laboratories for undergraduate science programs.

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June 2015

Challenges Loom in Winston-Salem Innovation Quarter’s Future

Its gradual shift from a research park to an innovation district in recent years has put Wake Forest Innovation Quarter on a path to developing a work, live, learn and play culture and community in Winston-Salem.

This hub of activity on about 200 acres is rising from old tobacco factories and warehouses in eastern downtown, creating a knowledge-based innovation ecosystem to include developers, people, product partners, technical and legal teams, workforce training, incubators, and capital and management for sustainability. It is a place for research, business and education in biomedical science, information technology and advanced materials.

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April 2015

Technology Overtakes Tobacco in Winston-Salem, N.C.

The idea that universities and government could jointly build a business park framed around technology was born 55 years ago in North Carolina, on farm and forest land eight miles south of downtown Durham.

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March 2015

Eric Tomlinson: No Dust On Us – Or Our Vision

“Why go live there, isn’t it just an old tobacco town?” they asked. I smiled, and without really knowing why, said “I think it’s on its way to becoming a cool place again. Yes lads, I’m off to The City of Arts and Innovation!”

Three years on, it is so much fun to experience a vibrant downtown Winston-Salem, with new businesses, hotels, residences, restaurants, shops and other enterprises sprouting up in streets that until recently were moribund on weekdays and deserted after dark.

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Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Eyes Further Expansion

R.J. Reynolds Tobacco Co. Revamped

Innovation vs. Invention

Winston-Salem Monthly’s Year in Review

At the Intersection of Yesterday & Tomorrow

Marker Recognizes Belews Street Neighborhood

Forsyth Tech Settles into 525@vine

Forsyth Tech Expands Services at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Forsyth Tech Shows Off Downtown High-Tech Center

Forsyth Tech Community College Opens New Facility in Innovation Quarter

Flywheel Opens for Business

Old Is New Again

Window to a New World

Innovation Quarter Highlights

UNC-TV Features Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Winston-Salem’s Flywheel Coworking Space Opens

Former RJR Building Begins to Buzz Again as 525@vine Opens for Business

Former Tobacco Hub Clears the Air

Inmar trumpets its arrival in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter as 900 workers march into new HQ

Pharma Industry Tallies Benefits of Clinical Trials in Triad

Arts and Innovation Will Combine to Celebrate Chopin’s Birthday at Biotech Place

Wake Forest Medical School to Relocate Programs to Innovation Quarter

Increased Development at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Center for Design Innovation Receives Notice to Proceed With Construction

Center for Design Innovation Announces New Director, Vision Forward

One of the Biggest Economic Development Projects in the Country is Taking Place in Winston-Salem

Editorial: Research Parkway: New Road Boosts Potential for Growth of Research Park

New Trail to Make Tracks Across Research Park

Research Parkway to Open Tuesday

Project Examines Changes in Food Systems in African-American Communities

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Hosting Movie Nights

Winston-Salem Taking Suggestions for What to Do with Downtown Smokestacks

Officials Hope to Bring New Energy to Old RJR Power Plant

Camp Immerses Students in Science

Winston-Salem/Forsyth County Students Compete for LEGO Trophy

Plant 64 Project Files Permit, Ready to Roll

$672 Million Sale of Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Developer Officially Complete

Interview: Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Progress at Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Continues

Winston-Salem Well-Positioned for Innovative Vaccine Trend

Vaccine Center Set for Boost with State Funding

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter Mentioned in List of Shining Examples of Economic Development that Are Working in the South

Wexford Science & Technology Makes $150 Million Investment in Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Developer Gives $150M Boost to Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Innovation in Motion: A Look at the Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Research Park Renamed Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

‘Wake Forest Innovation Quarter’ Should Catch On

Piedmont Triad Research Park Changes Name, Focus

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Announces Wake Forest Innovation Quarter

Wake Forest Innovation Quarter: Piedmont Triad Research Park Changes Name, Adds Tenants

New Name, New Tenants for Former Piedmont Triad Research Park

Wake Forest Innovations Launches New Dot-Com Companies Offering Industry and Business Easy Access to Broad Range of Scientific Services

Leaders Add New Name for Piedmont Triad Research Park

As Wake Forest Innovation Quarter, Research Park Hopes to Raise Profile

Inmar Helps Bring Pieces Together at Winston-Salem Research Park

Piedmont Triad Research Park — A Whole New Future Research Park Gets New Leader

Piedmont Triad Research Park President Shares Vision

Tomlinson Brings Diverse Career Experiences to Piedmont Triad Research Park

‘A Whole New Future’ for Research Park

Winston-Salem Hoping to Turn Old Rails into Trails

New Biotech Center Opens in Piedmont Triad Research Park

Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center Unveils Historic World-class Biotech Research & Innovation Center

City, Piedmont Triad Research Park Awarded $100,000 Economic Development Performance Grant