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by Jordan Green

WINSTON-SALEM COUNCIL APPROVES INCENTIVES FOR CALL CENTER
ITEMS FROM ACROSS THE TRIAD AND BEYOND | BY JORDAN GREEN

The Winston-Salem City Council approved an incentives offer of $500,000 to CFS II by unanimous vote on Monday in a bid to bring a call center to the city. The total amount of incentives would be contingent on the company investing $6.6 million and hiring 2,000 new employees at an average salary of $41,320 plus benefits and health insurance, Deputy City Manager Derwick Paige told council members. Paige estimated that the incentives could generate new city tax revenues of up to $183,000 per year.

A memo produced by Paige for the council indicated that the city has approved $19.7 million in incentives to companies such as Caterpillar and Wake Forest Health Sciences since April 2010, resulting in the creation of a total of 291 jobs, 241 of which have been filled by local hires. Paige noted that many of the companies have not started hiring yet.

“I would hope you would emphasize to them the importance of some of our taxpayers getting some of those 2,000 jobs,” Mayor Pro Tem Vivian Burke said.

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