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Rich Duncan Construction Celebrates VP of Operations’ 20th Anniversary

Written by Luis Ramirez on Apr. 9th, 2024

Nate Cook, Vice President of Operations at Rich Duncan Construction, recently celebrated his 20th anniversary with the company. Cook, a business partner at the firm, was honored with a celebration marking this significant milestone.

"We organized a social hour at Rudy’s, where Rich surprised him with a blue Corvette," said Brooke Scott, Communications C…

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SVN Economic Forum 2024: Navigating the Future of Salem’s Economy with Record Attendance

Written by Luis Ramirez on Mar. 13th, 2024

The annual Economic Forum hosted by SVN Commercial Advisors, held on February 23 at the Salem Convention Center, achieved unprecedented attendance this year, with over 330 industry professionals gathering in person to share insights and strategies for navigating current and future market landscapes.

“We could have a lot more if we wanted to, but we plac…

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Salem Police Foundation Annual Breakfast Will Be Held on February 22

Written by Luis Ramirez on Feb. 8th, 2024

The Salem Police Foundation is a non-profit organization that has helped the Salem Police Department and the Salem community.

Founded in 2010 by David Withnell and other business leaders, the organization was established to help with any funding gaps within the department. They’ve helped with employee retention and development, service enhancements, com…

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Sequoia Crossings Opens Their Doors in Northeast Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Feb. 8th, 2024

Salem’s newest affordable housing unit opened its doors on January 30 during a ribbon-cutting ceremony. 

The project is called Sequoia Crossings (2950 Broadway St NE, Salem), which features 60 units to help previously homeless folks transition into housing.

The Salem Housing Authority oversaw the project and had initially demolished distressed p…

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Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance Seeks Business Input

Written by Luis Ramirez on Jan. 9th, 2024

The Mid-Willamette Valley Homeless Alliance has been operating in Salem for just four years, but its impact on the community has been immense.

The organization was founded to help pool resources and use maximum efficiency with governmental dollars to help address people who are experiencing homelessness. They pool together both federal and state money and…

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Kingdom City Coffeehouse: Brewing More Than Just Coffee in the Heart of Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Jan. 9th, 2024

Kingdom City Coffeehouse is the latest addition to the downtown scene in Salem.

Owners Devin and Rebecca Brown opened the coffee shop in the fall and have quickly developed a following in the community. 

Their love for coffee was first developed while Devin was teaching in France. 

 “I really fell in love when I was in France in 201…

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Award-Winning Journalist and Policy Leader Enhances Salem Business Journal Team

Written by Luis Ramirez on Dec. 14th, 2023

The Salem Business Journal is thrilled to welcome Promise King, a notable writer and editor, as its latest columnist. Currently holding the position of Executive Director of the Oregon League of Minority Voters, King's extensive background in journalism and policy significantly enriches the publication's expertise. His journalistic journey includes pivota

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Oregon’s Legislative Agenda: Drug Decriminalization and Housing in Focus

Written by Luis Ramirez on Dec. 13th, 2023

The Oregon State Legislature will reconvene in January, followed shortly thereafter by a Legislative Short Session. Measure 110, at the forefront after the controversial bill was passed in 2020, decriminalized the possession of small amounts of hard drugs including cocaine, heroin, and methamphetamine.

“I wasn’t in on the initial conversations, but I …

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Hispanic Real Estate Organization Makes Its Way to Western Oregon

Written by Luis Ramirez on Nov. 12th, 2023

The National Association of Hispanic Real Estate Professionals officially made its debut in Oregon this month after jumping through some hoops to become a full-fledged chapter.

The organization is a national one, but several Real Estate members in the community wanted to spearhead a chapter in Oregon to focus on real issues and information that goes on in…

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George Puentes Leaves a Legacy in Salem

Written by Luis Ramirez on Nov. 8th, 2023

George Puentes was a legendary figure in the Salem area who left behind a lasting legacy after passing away at the age of 76. 

Puentes served in the Air Force before beginning his career with Del Monte Foods in the Bay Area. Together with his brothers and father, they created a craft tortilla baking company and named it Don Pancho Mexican Foods Inc. …

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