State of the City

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson to Deliver State of the City Address
March 2, 2016

Salem Mayor Anna Peterson will deliver the State of the City Address for Oregon’s Capital City at Noon on Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at the Salem Convention Center, 200 Commercial SE, in Salem, Oregon.
The West Salem High School Jazz Band under the direction of Jaime Hall will provide entertainment for the event.
Mayor Peterson will present an update on her Vision for the City of Salem, including the following key focus areas:

  • Safe City- Mayor Peterson Chairs the Salem Police Facility Council Subcommittee which launched a research and planning process last year regarding a proposed new police facility. “It is critically important that the Salem Police Department have an appropriately sized and modern facility to meet the needs of our community and our police operations,” says Mayor Anna Peterson. With the input and support of the people of Salem and our City Council, we can look forward to a proper police facility that will benefit our community for decades.”
  • Strong Economy- Mayor Peterson will discuss infrastructure and investment in the City’s Urban Renewal areas. “Economic development continues to be a major focus for the City Council and City Staff,” says Mayor Peterson. “Urban renewal projects downtown, in Mill Creek, along North Portland Road and in West Salem are creating jobs and contributing positively to the local economy.”
  • United Community- The Mayor’s International Council recognizes, celebrates and promotes the diverse and international culture of the City of Salem. Mayor Peterson will discuss advancements regarding cultural and international relations for the City. “I really treasure the diversity and strength that comes from the variety of cultures which make up the fabric of our truly international city,” says Mayor Peterson of Salem, Oregon.
  • Vibrant Neighborhoods- Mayor Peterson, in partnership with Keizer Mayor Cathy Clark, Marion County Commissioner Janet Carlson and Polk County Commissioner Jennifer Wheeler launched the Mid-Willamette Homeless Initiative in January, 2016. This joint task force is focused on seeking new solutions to reduce homelessness on a regional scale. “This is a pressing and complex issue that warrants a strong, community partnership to find solutions,” says Salem Mayor Anna Peterson. “This collaborative approach will increase our success. It is especially important to me, to the Salem City Council and to the people of our great city that we act proactively and in a steadfast manner to develop a variety of housing to meet the needs of all of the people who are part of our community,” says Mayor Peterson.
  • The Mayor is also expected to recognize accomplishments over the last year and share highlights regarding progress toward goals set forth by the Salem City Council.

R.S.V.P. to Attend
The cost for the event is $20.00 per person, which includes entertainment and buffet lunch. Gluten free and vegetarian options are available. Check-in begins at 11:10 a.m. and the event begins at Noon. People interested in attending this event should RSVP Janice at Chuck’s office:
2016 City of Salem State of the City Sponsors
The City of Salem, Salem Area Chamber of Commerce, Salem City Club and The Rotary Club of Salem are collaborating to create an enjoyable, interesting State of the City event.
About The City of Salem‘s State of the City
The State of the City is an annual event at which the Mayor of Salem, Oregon presents the State of the City Address. City of Salem Councilors, the City Manager, Deputy City Manager, Departments Heads, local business leaders, media and all others interested in the State of the City of Salem attend this event.
New for 2016
The City of Salem City Councilors welcome their constituents to join them at tables designated for each Ward¾this is on a first availability basis..
For More Information
For more information, please contact Kenna West, Assistant to the Mayor, City of Salem, Mayor’s Office at 503-588-6159 or, via e-mail at