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Five Tips to Help Oregon Shops and Restaurants Succeed on Nov. 26

Written by Anthony K. Smith on Nov. 23rd, 2022

SALEM, Ore., Nov. 11, 2022 - As chain stores and online retailers launch their holiday sales earlier and earlier in the season, Black Friday will not have the appeal it once did, but Small Business Saturday keeps getting bigger and bigger.

This year, Small Business Saturday falls on Nov. 26. Last year, spending at independent retailers and restaurants on …

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Where Salem Ranks Among Best Cities for DIYers, and why it matters.

Written by Mike LaFirenza on Nov. 18th, 2022
A new report from Porch looking at the best U.S. locations for DIYers is in. The analysis found that there are 4.88 hardware, furniture, and appliance stores per 10,000 residents in the Salem metro area, compared to 4.54 nationally. Why does this matter? Being a DIYer is more conducive in some parts of the country than in others, given that between 80–90%…
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EPA Awards $750,000 Pollution Prevention Grants to Oregon, Idaho and the Knik Tribal Council, Funded by the Bipartisan Infrastructure Law 

Written by U.S. Environmental Protection Agency News Release on Nov. 18th, 2022
This week at an event in Portland, Oregon, EPA Office of Chemical Safety and Pollution Prevention Deputy Assistant Administrator for Pollution Prevention Jennie Romer announced that Oregon, Idaho, and the Knik Tribal Council have been awarded a total of $751,550 in pollution prevention (P2) grant funding. P2 grants allow states and tribes to provide business…
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Industrial Asset Stats by Salem Zip Code

Written on Nov. 18th, 2022

Industrial Asset Stats by Salem Zip Code:   97301 Central Salem has a total of 6.6 million square feet of industrial buildings, and zero square feet currently under construction. The vacancy rate is tight at 1.9%, with rents averaging $9.15 annually – up 7.1% year over year. Sales are transacting at $88 per square foot, which is up 8.3% year over year. Investment transactions are taking place at an…

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Inflation’s Impact on the Economy and Commercial Real Estate

Written on Nov. 18th, 2022
We are amidst a significant market change. Due to unprecedented events, we are currently facing a time of transition with uncertain long-term impacts. This rapidly-changing scenario has two inextricably linked factors: inflation and interest rates. Inflation rates are the highest we’ve seen since the 1980s. It’s been top of mind for many consumers, and …
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Multi family housing makes it more affordable? All of Oregon’s Cities over 100k make the list for their size in new construction.

Written on Nov. 18th, 2022
New housing construction in the U.S. is slowing down, which isn’t good for families already struggling to afford their first home. Even though multi-family dwellings have accounted for the lion’s share of new home construction growth since the recession, the shift away from single-family homes has failed to lower prices. Data from the Department of Housi…
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New Developments in Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Nov. 18th, 2022
SALEM- Several new developments are currently under construction or recently completed in the Salem area.   1233 Riverbend Road NW A new food cart pavilion will be opening in West Salem at a new development. The new pod will be called Checkpoint 221 and will feature 16 food carts, a bar, and an indoor/outdoor dining area. Checkpoint 221 hopes to be…
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Marion, Polk County Key to Deciding Legislative Majorities

Written by Anthony K. Smith on Nov. 18th, 2022
While every voter in Oregon will help decide this year’s ultra-competitive three-way race for governor, it’s voters in Marion & Polk counties, particularly in Salem, that will likely determine whether Oregon’s new chief executive will be working with Democrat or Republican majorities in the next legislative session.   Currently, Oregon is on…
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Fake it til you make it? The average Oregon job seeker admits their resume is only 73% accurate, survey finds.

Written by Sophia Hernandez on Nov. 18th, 2022

  This compares to a national resume accuracy rate of 72%. Of those who would lie about the college they attended, most would falsely claim they attended Harvard. An interactive map showing resume inaccuracies in each state. Embellishing your career achievements can result in serious consequences, most likely eliminating you from the pool of candidates for a prospective job. If you do get hired and your resume lie is later discovered, you will likely be asked to leave.  iprospectcheck.com, an employment background check, and…

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New Homeless Alliance Initiative Addresses Unsheltered Chronic Homelessness

Written by Laura Luthi on Nov. 18th, 2022

   Of the unsheltered adults without children experiencing homelessness in the Marion-Polk region, 62% experience chronic homelessness SALEM, ORE. 26 Oct., 2022 - The Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance has approved an in-depth plan to address unsheltered chronic homelessness for people with severe service needs in the region. The Alliance plan includes ex…

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