COLUMN: Is a low wage a living wage in Marion County?

Downtown Salem’s usually busy streets were nearly empty during the lunch hour on March 17, 2020, the first day of a statewide restaurant closure (Rachel Alexander/Salem Reporter) Many burdens of the pandemic economy have fallen largely on the lowest-paid workers in the lowest-paying industries in the Salem area, Oregon and[Read More…]

Salem’s economic development agency plants seeds to make the region a hub for agriculture-centered tech

A NORPAC-branded truck transports frozen vegetables in Oregon. (Courtesy/Oregon Department of Agriculture) In agriculture-rich Marion and Polk counties, the local economic development agency sees fertile ground for technology.  With the help of a federal grant, the Strategic Economic Development Corp. (SEDCOR) has launched the Northwest Ag Innovation Hub, which seeks[Read More…]