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The S.G. Atkins CDC is revitalizing the housing stock within its target area by renovating dilapidated houses and building new homes. Since 2001, the CDC has leveraged resources from the Department of Housing and Urban Development and the City of Winston-Salem to build thirteen single family homes and to rehabilitate three single ...
The Enterprise Center “Buy A Brick” Campaign
A major initiative of the S.G. Atkins CDC, The Enterprise Center is now a fully occupied business incubator with 16 businesses located there. Jobs are being created, and free educational seminars are being provided for individuals and businesses across the community. You can support this exciting initiative by purchasing a 4”x..
Simon’s Community Gardens
Simon’s Green Acre is an organic community garden, rooted in the Winston-Salem State University (WSSU) tradition of service. It ties together WSSU’s students, faculty, staff and neighbors through hands-on learning in sustainable horticulture, therapeutic gardening and teamwork to provide fresh produce and encourage a healthy lifestyle. We are currently looking for ...
The Enterprise Center
For years it was a vibrant center of activity, serving as a Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club. Following the group’s move to a new facility, the multi-story building on South Martin Luther King, Jr. Drive stood vacant and might have ultimately been condemned and dismantled. Fortunately, people of vision connected ...
The Enterprise Center Solar Project
The S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation partnered with Volt Energy to install solar panels on our newly renovated business incubator, The Enterprise Center. Following our mission of being a catalyst for business and community collaborations, our partnership with Volt Energy will reinforce the green initiatives of the building and tenants. The ...
The Chronicle - January 2, 2014
Center becomes premier social venue
Established event and entertainment venues in the city are facing competition in East Winston. The Enterprise Conference & Banquet Center on South Martin Luther King Jr. Drive is quickly becoming a preferred venue for churches, organizations and conferences. National Black Theatre Festival Executive Producer Sylvia Sprinkle-Hamlin has already hosted two events at the newly renovated facility – an appreciation breakfast for NBTF volunteer coordinators and a fundraiser banquet for her church, St. Stephen’s Episcopal.
From the Director
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Board of Directors
Recent years have been exciting and rewarding for the Simon Green Atkins Community Development Corporation as we move forward with our efforts to transform Winston-Salem’s MLK Corridor. This past year was uniquely significant in our history with the opening of the former Salvation Army Boys and Girls Club building as The Enterprise Center. Not only did the renovation preserve a building closely intertwined with the rich heritage of the African American community in Winston-Salem, it is well on its way to becoming a focal point of community interaction and new business development in the MLK Corridor, with impact that reaches across the community.
This annual report will provide an overview of our mission and outline significant accomplishments for the past year. The report also describes our plans for the future in partnership with Winston-Salem State University, the City of Winston-Salem and the many corporations, foundations and other organizations across Winston-Salem and beyond who have joined hands with us.
I encourage you to contact us to discuss how you can a part of Winston-Salem’s exciting future through the SGACDC.
Carol T. Davis
Executive Director, SG Atkins CDC
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Back in 1892 the Slater Industrial Academy was founded in Winston-Salem to educate and train the children and descendants of freed slaves. The school later became known as the Winston-Salem State Teachers college as its focus evolved to prepare teachers for segregated schools. Today, Winston-Salem State University is poised and prepared for a new and "enterprising" way of thinking. PLAY VIDEO
Winston-Salem State incubator wins $1.2 million grant
A $1.2 million grant from the U.S. Department of Commerce's Economic Development Administration will allow for the expansion of the Enterprise Business Center at Winston-Salem State University.
The funding will pay for the renovation of the lower level of the Enterprise
Center incubator, according to an announcement from Sen. Kay Hagan (D-NC). The center hosts startup businesses and provides services for entrepreneurs in industries including information technology, health care and human services.
“This grant will create jobs and allow Winston-Salem to provide even more support for...
SGACDC was named 2011 Organization of the Year by the Winston-Salem Chronicle. “For staying true and loyal to its community roots and offering up long-range, permanent solutions to economic despair.”
■ U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development
■ The City of Winston-Salem
■ Winston-Salem State University
■ Golden LEAF Foundation
■ Winston-Salem State University School of Health Sciences
■ Frank L. Blum Construction Company
■ Winston-Salem Funders Collaborative
■ Datamax Foundation
■ Norwood Architecture & Design, Inc.
■ North Carolina State Energy Office
■ Duke Energy
■ The Winston-Salem Urban League
■ Bank of the Carolinas
■ Truliant Federal Credit Union
With a solid plan in place and measurable results attracting attention and support across the community and beyond,the SGACDC will continue reaching out to established organizations, developers and community minded corporations to expand awareness and leverage resources.
“As a young CDC, we are also very fortunate to have gained an outstanding mentor organization, Virginia’s long-established and highly successful Community
Housing Partners,”said Davis. “Their guidance and technical assistance help to ensure that we are highly effective stewards of the funding we receive and that we continue to pursue our vision for the MLK Corridor and East Winston-Salem in ways that enrich the entire community.” We thank our partners for their generous support and invite others to contact us to learn more about becoming involved.
Board of Directors
Russell Smith, Ph.D.
WSSU Associate Professor of
Owen J. Cooks
WSSU Associate Vice Chancellor
Jacqueline Baldwin, Secretary
IDA Homeownership Success Coach,
Experiment in Self-Reliance
Mr. Kevin Byers
WSSU Assistant Dean for Administration
Denise Pearson, Ph.D.
WSSU Assistant Provost for Faculty Affairs
Ms. Tammy Evans
WSSU Assistant Professor of
Ms. LaVon D. Gray
WSSU Supervisor, Special Projects Manager
WSSU Vice Chancellor,
Finance and Administration
Mr. G. Douglas Atkinson
WSSU Adjunct Professor
Mr. Wesley Curtis
Architect, Walter Robbs Callahan Pierce
Mrs. Patricia Billings
Southeast Neighborhood Association
Ms. Phyllis Caldwell
Director, Center for Homeownership
Pastor Alvin Carlisle
Exodus United Baptist Church
Greg J. Siwak
Mrs. Anna Tefft
Director of Lending,
Natural Capital Investment Fund
The S.G. Atkins Community Development Corporation (CDC) is a non-profit organization funded by grants from the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) and other funding institutions.
The CDC strives to create community-based leadership, focused on revitalizing the neighborhoods surrounding Winston-Salem State University.
CDC programs include:
Staff and Board members are charged with strategic planning and fund raising to implement community initiatives.
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.
The Enterprise Center
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.
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Simon's Green Acre
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