Community Profile

Salem is the capital city of Oregon with a population of more than 160,000. Centrally located, Salem is 47 miles south of Portland and an hour from the Cascade Mountains and the ocean beaches. Salem is in the midst of sustained, steady growth. Ongoing preservation of historic downtown buildings, along with a downtown core master plan for residential and commercial development, ensures managed growth.

Salem is a diverse community with well-established neighborhoods, a family-friendly ambiance, and a small town feel.

Our commutes are short, our air is pure, our parks are beautiful. We have abundant land for development, a ready and willing workforce, great training programs, and a city that works hard to make doing business easy.


 

What’s happening
Feb. 02
Library Final Day of operation at current Main BranchSalem Public Library Main Branch
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Salem Public Library's Main Branch will be closed from February 3-17 for a move to a temporary facility as we prepare for the upcoming seismic renovation project. Salem Public Library at Broadway will open February 18, 2020 at 1400 Broadway St. NE, to serve during construction.

Online library services—access to the library catalog and downloading of eBooks and audiobooks—will be available throughout the move and construction phases.

The West Salem Branch, 395 Glen Creek Rd. NW, will be open and maintain services throughout the move and construction phases.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Feb. 05
Salem Reads: Opening Night Art Reception5:00 p.m.8:00 p.m.Elsinore Fine Art Gallery
444 Ferry Street SE
Salem
OR 97301

Meet local professional artists who created work inspired by reading the book, Piecing Me Together. Exhibit on display until February 26. Light refreshments will be served. Free and open to the public.

This event is a part of the monthlong 2020 Salem Reads: One Community, One Book project, focusing on the book Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson. Salem Reads is an annual project of the Salem Public Library Foundation.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Feb. 06
Salem Reads: Author Talk and Book Signing with Piecing Me Together author Renée Watson 7:00 p.m.9:00 p.m.Historic Grand Theater
187 High Street NE
Salem
OR 97301

Renée Watson will speak about her book, a novel set in North Portland, followed by a book signing. No ticket necessary. Doors open at 6pm, lecture at 7pm with book signing afterward.

This event is a part of the monthlong 2020 Salem Reads: One Community, One Book project, focusing on the book Piecing Me Together by Renée Watson. Salem Reads is an annual project of the Salem Public Library Foundation.

Phone: 503-588-6315

Feb. 03
Salem Public Library - Main Branch closed for move to temporary facilitySalem Public Library Main Branch
585 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

Salem Public Library's Main Branch will be closed from February 3-17 for a move to a temporary facility as we prepare for the upcoming seismic renovation project. Salem Public Library at Broadway will open February 18, 2020 at 1400 Broadway St. NE, to serve during construction.

Online library services—access to the library catalog and downloading of eBooks and audiobooks—will be available throughout the move and construction phases.

The West Salem Branch, 395 Glen Creek Rd. NW, will be open and maintain services throughout the move and construction phases.

Feb. 17
President's DayCivic Center
555 Liberty ST SE
Salem OR 97301

City offices and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.

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Urban Development Department
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8:00 a.m.–5:00 p.m.
350 Commercial ST NE
Salem OR 97301
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