To help create a more vibrant, innovative and prosperous economy in Forsyth County, the board of directors of both the Winston-Salem Chamber of Commerce and Winston-Salem Business Inc. (WSBI) voted unanimously this week to consolidate the two organizations.

The consolidation will shape the future of economic development and job growth in the county through a unified vision and coordinated efforts that will give companies and site selectors considering a relocation or expansion a clear path and a single point of contact.

“We are stronger together than standing alone,” said Jeff Lindsay, Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer of Novant Health and chairman of the Chamber’s board. “We are confident that this is the right strategic direction for Winston-Salem and that we can build on our mutual strengths and successes as one team.”

“It’s a bold, yet pragmatic move that we believe will drive economic success for Forsyth County for years to come,” said Cantey Alexander, Triad Regional President at BB&T and board chair of WSBI. “A collaborative approach where we leverage resources is the best approach for our future.”

A committee will be formed to oversee the integration of the two organizations and decide on a new name. The aim is for the unified enterprise to be operational in 2020.

Both organizations will continue regular operations in the interim, and greatly appreciate the continued support of their investors and the community.