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Who’s Who of Winston-Salem: Mayor Allen Joines

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Allen Joines speaking at podiumWinston-Salem is proud of our Mayor, Allen Joines. He has a long history of serving our city and supporting economic development. Having received his B.S. from Appalachian State University, he went on to earn his M.P.A. from Georgia University before he began his career in Winston-Salem as Assistant to the City Manager in 1971. His other positions held include Director of Evaluation, Public Safety Coordinator, Director of Development and Deputy City Manager. He was elected to serve as Mayor of Winston-Salem in 2001. Since then, he has been re-elected in 2005, 2009, 2013 and 2016.

Political Career

After working with over 30 companies that relocated or expanded in Winston-Salem, creating over 6,000 new jobs during his tenure, Joines retired from the City of Winston-Salem in 2000 to become President of The Winston-Salem Alliance, a non-profit company focused on growing economic vitality in our city and creating more employment opportunities. His presidency there was short-lived, as Joines, a Democrat, was elected as Mayor the following year on November 6th, defeating Republican incumbent Mayor Jack Cavanagh, Jr. In 2006, Joines was named as a possible challenger to Congresswoman Virginia Foxx of NC’s 5th District, but Mayor Joines declined to enter the race. In 2012, many suggested Mayor Joines as a possible gubernatorial candidate, but he declined, stating that he still has work he wishes to do in Winston-Salem. On February 6, 2013, Mayor Joines announced his candidacy for reelection and in November 2016 he was re-elected by the people of our Twin City.

Joines’ Appointments

Allen Joines was appointed to the North Carolina Local Government Commission, the Fiscal Modernization Study Commission and the 21st Century Transportation Study by Governor Michael Easley. In 2009, Mayor Joines was appointed Chairman of the State Economic Development Board by current Governor Beverly Perdue, as well as the North Carolina Innovation Council, the Logistics Task force and the North Carolina Bio Fuels Board.

Awards & Honors

As Mayor, he has built on his experience in economic development to recruit and expand more companies and create thousands of new jobs. He has also focused on bringing our community together and bringing about racial healing, receiving such awards as “visionary leadership for committing his life to the betterment of Winston-Salem” from the Winston-Salem Foundation; The Winston-Salem Chronicle named him “Man of the Year” in 2003; and the “Dare to Dream” award during the 2005 Martin Luther King, Jr. Commemoration. Mayor Joines made The Business Journal’s list of the “Triad’s Most Influential People” 2006-2011. He received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Arthritis Foundation of North Carolina in 2007. In that same year, the NC Chapter of the American Planning Association bestowed him with the “Marvin Collins Planning Award for Distinguished Leadership of an Elected Official”. In 2008, he received the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Boy Scouts of America, Old Hickory Council. And in 2009, he received an Honorary Doctorate from Wake Forest University.

What do you admire most about Mayor Joines?

Sources: City of Winston-Salem, Wikipedia

Kristi was born and raised just up the road in Mount Airy (a.k.a. Mayberry) and frequented Winston-Salem often growing up for school field trips, shopping, and dining. After attending Appalachian State University, and a brief stint living in Southern Virginia, Kristi returned to Winston-Salem, NC in 1999 and began her work in non-profit, public relations and writing. She and her family enjoy the convenience of living near downtown Winston-Salem. She enjoys the arts, photography and cooking. "I'm a small town girl at heart, but Winston-Salem isn't an overwhelming city. It is rich with friendly people, history, culture and has a vibrant art community and that is why I am proud to call this "My Winston-Salem!"

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