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City wins top financial achievement award - 10/30/19

Salem, Ore. — The City of Salem has again earned high praise for the exceptional quality of its financial reporting.

For the 20th time in the past 22 years, the City was awarded the Government Finance Officers Association (GFOA) of the United States and Canada Certificate of Achievement for Excellence for its comprehensive annual financial report.

“Attaining this is a significant accomplishment for any organization or Finance Department and anyone who plays a part of making sure our books and accounts are top-notch,” City Manager Steve Powers told the Salem City Council at its October 28, 2019, meeting. “I want to acknowledge the Finance Department and the others who have contributed to our success.”

The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of government accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management.

The award has been judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive “spirit of full disclosure” to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the comprehensive annual financial report.


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City Parks on Winter Schedule - 10/30/19

The City of Salem will be shifting to a winter schedule in City parks beginning November 1, 2019 through February 29, 2020.  As part of this schedule, all but the following park restrooms and chemical toilets will be closed for the season:

  • Bush’s Pasture Park (upper Leffelle and Bush Barn)
  • Historic Deepwood
  • Geer Community Park
  • River Road Park
  • Riverfront Park
  • Woodmansee Park
  • Cascades Gateway Park
  • McKay Park
  • Minto-Brown Island
  • Orchard Heights Park
  • Wallace Marine Parks 

The listed restrooms will remain open during daylight hours through the winter.

All athletic fields will be closed to sports beginning November 4, 2019.  Fields will reopen in spring with the date dependent on turf conditions. Freestanding drinking fountains will be shut off and winterized to prevent damage to the water lines.  Most picnic tables in large parks will be taken out of service for the winter months.

During the winter schedule there will be less routine maintenance in neighborhood parks including litter control, garbage removal, and the cleaning of picnic tables and walkways.  The City will continue to use volunteer and supplemental resources to help minimize impacts.  If you are interested in assisting, please contact Tibby Larson, Parks Operations Volunteer Coordinator, at or 503-589-2197.

Captain Willy Giddings has been honored with the 2019 Gerry Frank Meritorious Achievement Award.
Captain Willy Giddings has been honored with the 2019 Gerry Frank Meritorious Achievement Award.
Giddings Honored with Gerry Frank Meritorious Achievement Award (Photo) - 10/22/19

SALEM — Salem Fire Department Captain Willy Giddings is the 2019 recipient of the prestigious Gerry Frank Meritorious Achievement Award.

The Award is named after our Honorary Fire Chief Gerry Frank, an iconic Oregonian community leader and philanthropist. The award exemplifies the highest standard of excellence in community service above and beyond normal duties.

Captain Giddings has demonstrated an extraordinary commitment to our community by teaching, leading and coordinating the CPR in Schools and installing AEDs in public spaces throughout Salem.

Captain Giddings takes it upon himself to provide exceptional support and customer service to the Salem-Keizer area schools and businesses through the CPR/AED program. He has dedicated his time to work with the Salem Fire Foundation to create a successful model for delivering a valuable community risk reduction program. Captain Giddings leads the program with dedication, integrity and professionalism.

Congratulations Captain Giddings on your nomination and award for the Gerry Frank Meritorious Achievement Award.

City of Salem Closes Wallace Marina Park Life Jacket Loaner Stations for Winter - 10/21/19

SALEM — The Wallace Marina Park life jacket loaner stations will be closed for the winter season and the inventory of life jackets removed for storage. The loaner stations will reopen on Memorial Day 2020.  We strongly encourage watercraft users to wear life jackets while enjoying activities on the river. 



Starting a New Business? Local Startups to Benefit from Robust Mentor Program in Salem - 10/18/19

Salem, Ore. – Entrepreneurs within Salem’s growing startup business community, including its expanding creative design, technology, and food and beverage sectors, are benefitting from new startup business assistance programming made available through the City of Salem’s partnership with Oregon Entrepreneurs Network (OEN) and Launch Mid-Valley. This programming provides expertise and various resources entrepreneurs can use to help them be successful including mentoring, networking events, and soon will include startup challenge events and connections to investment opportunities.

Mentoring. The Mid-Valley’s new Venture Catalyst, Mike White, is mentoring local entrepreneurs in Salem and connecting them to people, programs, capital resources, and events.

Networking Events. Local small businesses and startups will have the opportunity to meet Mike, network with other entrepreneurs, and engage with a panel of speakers at Salem’s regular PubTalk events. The next PubTalk is Oct. 23, at 6:00 p.m., at Vagabond Brewing. More information about PubTalks and event registration is available online.

“OEN PubTalks provide excellent opportunities for us to learn from the experts and network with our Oregon peers. Whether the topic is funding, marketing, or retail strategies, the focus is always relevant to us as entrepreneurs since we tend to wear all the hats in our small business! We're seriously thrilled that the new venture catalyst Mike White is bringing more OEN events like PubTalks to Salem -- having them closer to home means we will be able to learn more, connect more, and grow more.” – Matt Kuerbis and Catharine Sutherland, Co-Owners of Hoss Soss.

Startup Challenges and Investment Opportunities. Our local Venture Catalyst is also working with partners to establish the Mid-Valley Angel Investment Fund, recruit angel investors, and soon kickoff a regular startup business challenge event.

Online Training. Online training is also available for Salem small businesses and startups. The Virtual Incubation Program (VIP), an online course that covers key entrepreneurship concepts and helps you prepare your business for growth.

More information regarding Salem’s economic development programs and business resources is available online.

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You Can Now Search Salem's Commercial and Industrial Land Online - 10/17/19

Salem, Ore. – The City of Salem’s new land search tool is now LIVE. This online tool has been designed for residents, developers, and realtors to use to find out about potential vacant or underdeveloped land in the City or specific neighborhoods. The City of Salem Site Selection and Real Estate page features the new application tool.

A geographical information system (GIS) application pulls public information into a user-friendly map of Salem. The map highlights industrial and commercial zoned buildable land that has a level of vacancy, or room to be further developed, based on the size of the building or buildings and the remaining property.

Salem’s new search tool is intended to highlight possible opportunities as a starting point of due diligence in the development site consideration process and illustrate potential development opportunities within the City limits. Interested parties must still use the City’s pre-application conference and permitting process to determine the true development viability of a site.

For more information on Salem’s new online land search tool, please contact Annie Gorski, Economic Development Manager, at"> or 5043-540-2480.

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