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Workers and land in short supply for future growth, SEDCOR’s outgoing president says

Chad Freeman, pictured in his office has one week left as the president of the county’s regional economic development arm. (Troy Brynelson/Salem Reporter) Like the economy, Chad Freeman has to keep moving. While starting a conversation about his time leading the Strategic Economic Development Corporation, also known as SEDCOR, the[Read More…]


Report: Salem’s lack of communication during water crisis fueled disarray

The city of Salem’s initial response to cyanotoxins breaching the water supply this summer caused a frenzy, an independent report found. The 34-page report, conducted by Ohio-based Novak Consulting Group, found that the city focused too much on sensational messaging and not enough on getting clean water to residents. However,[Read More…]


Salem grew faster than Portland last year, Census data shows

Calling Salem “western Oregon’s hottest city” might be overstating it.  But Oregon’s capital grew by 2,369 people in 2017, Census Bureau data released Thursday shows. That’s a growth rate of 1.4 percent over 2016, putting Salem slightly ahead of both Portland and Eugene.  Portland proper grew by about 1.3 percent[Read More…]

DHS seeks more than 1,000 new employees to support child welfare in proposed budget

Oregon’s largest state agency is asking for more than $1 billion to add 1,664 new employees. But the proposed salaries won’t fill Oregon Department of Human Services’ cubicles with high-paid lawyers or bolster a public relations team. It will go toward protecting the most vulnerable Oregonians; children and the elderly.[Read More…]

Salem Keizer school board won’t take position on immigration ballot measure

Students enter Highland Elementary on Friday, Sept. 7. (Special to Salem Reporter/Moriah Ratner) The Salem-Keizer School Board Tuesday night renewed a resolution supporting “safe and welcoming schools” but declined to take a public position on a more controversial Oregon ballot measure that would repeal the state’s so-called sanctuary law. Tuesday’s[Read More…]