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Ambassadors to make downtown cleaner, friendlier

Ambassadors to make  downtown cleaner, friendlier
October 03
00:00 2014
(pictured above: Ambassador Kendrick Woods works along Trade Street last week.)

The newly-launched Clean Team Ambassador Service is promising a cleaner, safer and friendlier downtown.
The Clean Team is an initiative of the Downtown Winston-Salem Business Improvement District (DWSBID), which was created by the Mayor and City Council. The goals of the DWSBID are to promote a cleaner and safer downtown environment; develop stronger marketing and promotional items; assist and promote accelerated development; and enhance the downtown physical appearance. The City of Winston-Salem has contracted with the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership (DWSP) to provide the programs and services that will meet these goals.  The DWSP, in turn, has contracted with The Budd Group, a local integrated facilities services company, to provide Clean Team services seven days a week, primarily between 6:30 a.m. and 2:30 p.m.

“We are happy to have the Clean Team Ambassador program underway,” said Mayor Allen Joines.  “We have had tremendous growth in pedestrian traffic and this program will be a big part of our continued success.”

These services will not replace already existing services provided by the City of Winston-Salem but will work to enhance the appearance of the downtown community by focusing on the cleaning of sidewalks and tree wells, removal of large visible debris, graffiti removal, removal of unwanted posters and items on utility poles and boxes, straightening of street fixtures, and snow and ice removal.

In addition, the Ambassadors will present a professional and helpful appearance, and assist the downtown community and visitors through providing customer service, safety awareness and reporting any maintenance issues.

“We are pleased that these services have begun,” said Mark Dunnagan, chairman of the Downtown Winston-Salem Partnership.  “This is a key component for the continued revitalization of Downtown Winston-Salem.”

The Budd Group CEO Joe Budd said, “As a Winston-Salem based company, we are proud to be a part of this important project.  Enhancing the downtown experience supports our commitment to our associates, customers, and shareholders, many of whom call Winston-Salem home.”

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