To assure balanced growth and development of communities surrounding Winston-Salem State University, as well as develop mutually beneficial relationships with the community which complement the University’s educational mission;
To foster economic and business development initiatives serving the needs of low and moderate income and otherwise disadvantaged persons;
To develop and improve affordable housing and to foster infrastructure development within distressed and disadvantaged neighborhoods; and
To promote the preservation of buildings and sites important to the African American community.
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The vision of the S.G. Atkins CDC is that it will become “the premier organization that revolutionizes the economic opportunities to transform the socioeconomic structure in the greater Winston-Salem State University community.”
This vision calls for bold yet pragmatic projects to effectively utilize university and community resources, foster partnerships as a part of the implementation process, attract financial resources from both inside and outside of the community, and have replication potential.
The Board of the S.G. Atkins CDC has defined its Primary Service Area as the three U.S. Census Tracts near the Winston-Salem State University campus. These tracts (#’s 8.01, 8.02, and 7) form the CDC’s Primary Service Area.
The Primary Service Area’s three Census Tracts (as shown on map to the right) include the Columbia Heights neighborhood immediately surrounding the university, and neighborhoods on both sides of U.S. 52 from New Walkertown Road south to the Waughtown Street area, including the East Winston and Mount Olive neighborhoods.
Relationship to Other Neighborhoods
The CDC’s Primary Service Area is linked in many ways with surrounding neighborhoods and the greater Triad region in terms of residents, employment and retail trade.
Adjacent neighborhoods include the historic Waughtown neighborhood to the south and the Morningside Manor neighborhood to the east. To the west lies the West Winston neighborhood, characterized by its institutions (Salem Academy, Salem College) and the tourist draw of Old Salem.
The Primary Service Area is also southeast of Winston-Salem’s downtown business district, with WSSU’s campus only a mile-and-a-half from the heart of downtown, putting the area within easy commuting distance of many of the city’s largest employers.
Because of the historical significance of the CDC’s Primary Service Area, and its proximity to downtown, this area is integral to the rejuvenation of the City.