The Stevens Center is an iconic and cultural masterpiece beloved for generations here in Winston Salem. We are grateful for its presence in our community, and its role as an important economic asset to the city.

The Stevens Center is a vital fixture in the aesthetic of our downtown and is an essential teaching facility for the many artists and creatives who study at the UNC School of the Arts.

The Stevens Center is long overdue for major renovations. It has been 37 years since its last makeover, and the facility is in great need of infrastructure upgrades. The Winston Salem Chamber supports House Bill 494 proposing $42.2 million in statewide funding towards the rehabilitation of the Stevens Center due to its tremendous impact both locally and regionally. Additionally, the Chamber supports the funding allocation through the UNC system, alleviating the tax burden on local individuals and businesses.

A revitalized and vibrant Stevens Center will support the educational objectives of the UNC School of the Arts while attracting tourism to the Winston-Salem area, and acting as a catalyst for additional investment and development in Winston-Salem.

The Chamber is grateful to Representatives Conrad, Lambeth, Montgomery and Terry for their support in introducing House Bill 494 for the renovation of the Stevens Center through allocation of funding from the UNC system. For so many years the Stevens Center has performed so admirably for us. We support infrastructure upgrades to this remarkable building, and we are honored to stand with our elected officials as they take the stage for the Stevens Center.