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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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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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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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Residential Real Estate Update

Written by Nicole Fratangelo on Nov. 18th, 2022

  The residential real estate market is still active with buyers and sellers. While the market has cooled in comparison to the last two years, we remain in a market of low inventory. In order to have a balanced market we need to have six months of inventory and currently, we are only at 2.6 months of inventory in Marion and Polk counties.   This shows t…

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El Torito Market expands to seven locations, including two in Salem

Written on Oct. 6th, 2022

 SALEM- What started as a dream to open a meat market has turned into one of the biggest and most well-known Mexican markets in the state of Oregon.

Alfredo Mendez first opened El Torito Meat Market in McMinnville 20 years ago. Mendez immigrated to the United States from Mexico when he was 17 and the first job, he landed in California was for a carni…

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New Boys & Girls Club Branch Opens in Northeast Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Sep. 30th, 2022
SALEM- The Boys & Girls Club of Salem, Marion, and Polk counties opened up their newest location with a ribbon-cutting ceremony on September 28.  The new location will help an underserved area of Northeast Salem off Lancaster Drive and will be named the Epping Homestead Branch (3805 Lancaster Dr. NE, Salem).  This will be the eighth Boys & Girls …
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1 in 4 Oregonians are spending their savings now to lock in lower prices, before inflation rises, finds study. 

Written by Melissa Broad on Sep. 30th, 2022
While Covid dominated headlines for over two years, inflation has now superseded it as the main talking point among concerned Americans. For many, the mere mention of ‘inflation’ can cause a panic, as rising prices and stagnant incomes mean they can’t keep up with the cost of living. As millions of people in countries that have experienced ‘hyper-in…
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Understanding Paid Family Medical Leave fund

Written by Oregon Small Business Association Foundation on Sep. 28th, 2022
Beginning next year, Oregon workers and many companies will begin paying into a Paid Family Medical Leave fund, and workers who need time off with pay can begin applying for benefits under Paid Leave Oregon in September 2023. Oregon lawmakers in 2019 passed the Paid Family Medical Leave Act, which lets workers apply for prorated paid time off to care for a …
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