On August 4, 2022, the Salem Chamber hosted a panel of City of Salem officials, the Fire Chief, Mayor-Elect, and Salem City Councilors to discuss the details regarding the $300 million Salem Community Improvement Bond, which will be on the ballot for voters to consider in November. Chambers members joined us in person at the Salem Chamber office, as well as on a Zoom call, to learn more about the bond from this knowledgeable panel at this most recent Public Policy Committee Meeting.

The panel included City of Salem Public Works Director Peter Fernandez, Salem Fire Chief Mike Niblock, City of Salem Interim City Manager Kristin Retherford, Salem Chamber Board of Directors VP of Advocacy Jeff Miller, Salem Mayor-Elect Chris Hoy, and Salem City Councilors Virginia Stapleton and Jose Gonzalez.

They went over the main items included in the bond (which includes funding for streets and sidewalks, fire equipment and trucks, park upgrades, affordable housing, cybersecurity, and more) and talked about specific public works projects that it would generate before taking questions and hearing the views of those in attendance. You can also click here to get a breakdown of the bond.

The Salem Chamber thanks our panel for graciously giving their time to share this important information with our members, as well as everyone who attended for continuing to engage on the issues that impact our community. If you missed joining us live, watch the recording of the meeting below.

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