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
Sep. 02
Labor Day

City offices, Center 50+, and the Salem Public Library will be closed for the holiday observance.

Sep. 04
Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Photo-Walk and Photography11:00 a.m.1:00 p.m.Wednesday Farmers Market
530 Chemeketa ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Improve your picture taking! Enjoy this free photography class with instructor Madeline Alpert.

Presenter: Madeline Alpert

Phone: 503-588-6303

Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Ukulele Trio Presentation11:30 a.m.1:15 p.m.Wednesday Farmers Market
530 Chemeketa ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Come enjoy a free demonstration of ukulele music. The songs are fun, and the trio is led by experienced ukulele instructor Ron Relaford.

Presenter: Ron Relaford

Phone: 503-588-6303

Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Beading4:00 p.m.6:00 p.m.Plaza in alley next to JC Penney
305 Liberty ST NE
Salem OR 97301

Create your own beaded jewelry in an outdoor setting, under guidance of an experienced instructor. The plaza is located between JC penney and the Chemeketa Parkade.

Presenter: Mona West

Phone: 503-588-6303

Sep. 05
Free "Pop-Up Downtown" Class: Dangle Earrings1:00 p.m.3:00 p.m.Plaza in alley next to JC Penney
305 Liberty ST NE
Salem OR 97301

You'll make your own pair of dangle earrings in this class with Instructor Mona West. All supplies are included. Class meets at the Plaza which is located between JC Penney and Chemeketa Parkade.

Presenter: Mona West

Phone: 503-588-6303

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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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