Economic Development Partners and Sites
The Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce defines the metropolitan statistical area (MSA) of Winston Salem to include 4-counties, Forsyth, Davie, Stokes, and Yadkin. In 2008, the population of Forsyth was reported as 343,000 and the population of the MSA was listed as 468,124.
The Winston-Salem area is primarily recognized for its contributions to the education and health services industries. In 2007, the two top employers were Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center (13,000 employees) and Novant Health (8,145 employees).
Other top employers within the area include Reynolds American and Hanesbrands Inc. (manufacturing) and Wells Fargo / Wachovia and BB&T (financial activities). Corporate executives from these companies and others often travel into and out of Smith Reynolds Airport in order to conduct normal business between their home and satellite offices. For this reason, INT experiences a significant amount of corporate jet and large aircraft charter activity.
In addition to business-related activity, several National Association of Stock Car Auto Racing (NASCAR) teams often travel to and from INT to conduct business and to attend the NASCAR series races that occur at the Bowman Gray Stadium which is located approximately 2 miles southeast of downtown Winston-Salem.