"The case of Forsyth County is baffling. At face value, the county appears to be thriving and a fantastic place for achieving the American Dream. Winston-Salem is the state’s fifth-largest municipality. We have Fortune 500 and 1000 companies, well-respected colleges and universities, nonprofits and foundations that have long helped people improve their lives. But it is still very difficult for many of our fellow county residents to adequately feed, house and clothe their families. According to relevant estimates, the county is third from the bottom, out of more than 3,000 counties, in terms of the probability that a child born into poverty will eventually escape it later in life. That cries out for answers."