At the heart of a state consistently ranked among the best places for business, Winston-Salem and its neighbors in Forsyth County are easily accessed by five interstates, three major rail lines and an international airport less than a half-hour from downtown. The area is on track to become one of the top 50 metros in the country within the next few years, yet the cost of living and housing costs in Winston-Salem remain low, earning our city and surrounding communities top rankings for affordability.
City of Winston-Salem Forsyth County
Forsyth County is within 650 miles of half of the US population.
Equidistant from Washington, D.C. and Atlanta, the Piedmont Triad region offers direct access to Interstates I-40, I-77, I-73/74 and I-85. In addition, I-95 is located just under two hours east of the Triad, and I-81 is two hours to the north. The Piedmont Triad is also served by a first-rate highway system that includes U.S. highways 52, 158, 311 and 421, and North Carolina primary highways 8, 67, 109, 150, 65 and 66.
Smith Reynolds (INT), located about 10 minutes north of downtown Winston-Salem, is primarily a corporate aircraft base. Full complements of general aviation services are provided through a fixed-based operator. Hangar space is available for lease.
Piedmont Triad International is located about 25 minutes east of Winston-Salem, just off Interstate 40. PTI is home to the FedEx Mid-Atlantic Hub and HondaJet headquarters. Construction of a third parallel runway is near completion to serve FedEx and also future airport growth.
The county is served by three railroads, Norfolk Southern, Winston-Salem Southbound (which connects with CSX south of Charlotte, NC) and Yadkin Valley Railroad. Piggyback service is also available at an intermodal facility by Piedmont Triad International Airport, 25 minutes east of Winston-Salem on I-40. A bulk freight transfer station is located in Winston-Salem allowing companies to receive product via rail and have it trucked to their plant site.
Helping facilitate international commerce is a ten-acre intermodal facility in operation adjacent to PTIA.North Carolina has two deepwater port facilities: Wilmington and Morehead City. Winston-Salem is within 300 miles of east coast ports: Wilmington, Morehead City, Norfolk (VA), and Charleston (SC).
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