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SMI Property Management Merges with JPM Real Estate Services: Gabe Johansen and Jack Palmer’s People-First Approach to Business and Legacy

Written by Naomi Yanike on Mar. 5th, 2024

Merging two of Oregon's largest property management companies "doesn't happen by waving a magic wand." President and CEO of SMI Property Management Gabe Johansen described the reality of the process, saying, "It's a lot of work. It's a painful process. And It's not easy." 

Johansen felt honored when JPM Real Estate Services' Founder, Jack Palmer, cho…

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Marion Polk Food Share Served Record-high Numbers in 2023: “Nothing good happens when you’re hungry.”

Written by Naomi Yanike on Feb. 8th, 2024

In 2023, Marion Polk Food Share distributed a record-high 10 million pounds of food, providing $14 million in relief to 18,000 households monthly, another record high. 

In an interview with the Salem Business Journal, Marion Polk Food Share President and CEO Rick Gaupo discussed the changing landscape of food banks, economic trends causing record hun…

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Salem Business Legacy: CTEC Principal Rhonda Rhodes and Kroc Center Executive Director Tony Frazier receive the 2024 Groundwork Leader of the Year Award

Written by Naomi Yanike on Jan. 9th, 2024

Salem Keizer Public Schools (SPKS) Career Technical Education Center (CTEC) Principal Rhonda Rhodes and The Salvation Army Kroc Center Salem Executive Director Tony Frazier emerged as this year’s Groundwork Leadership Institute top award winners, graciously receiving the “Captain” award, which is voted on by the 90 alumni who have participated in on

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Salem Business Journal Introduces Spanish Edition to Empower Local Hispanic Community

Written by Naomi Yanike on Dec. 14th, 2023

Why Spanish? Political Engagement, Representation, and Necessity

The Salem Business Journal (SBJ) is beginning a new era with its Spanish Print Edition to foster inclusivity and bridge cultural gaps, signaling a commitment to better serve and engage with the vibrant Spanish-speaking Salem business community. 

SBJ Publisher and Entrepenuer Jonathan…

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Salem City Council budget deficit strategies: Will these be new or more of the same in 2024?

Written by Naomi Yanike on Dec. 14th, 2023

The Salem City Council has returned to the drawing board with a two-fold strategy to gain revenue and to protect the budget, hoping to solve Salem's projected $19.4 million deficit after the employee payroll tax failed on the November 2023 ballot. 

But there continues to be much debate over how much of the deficit should be made up by more proposed t…

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Uncharted Territory: Will Salem-Keizer Public Schools follow Portland’s historic strike?

Written by Naomi Yanike on Nov. 8th, 2023

Not one, but two possible strikes. 

Salem-Keizer Public Schools (SKPS) may face not just one, but two union strikes if mediation efforts do not close an approximately $200 million divide between the district's offer and the unions' demands for more pay. These demands come in addition to a forecasted $38 million structural deficit for the 2024-25 scho…

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Vote NO on the Salem Employee Payroll Tax: Protecting Family Budgets and Curbing Government Overreach

Written by Naomi Yanike on Oct. 16th, 2023

Key figures across various sectors in Oregon are raising concerns about the Salem employee-paid payroll tax, voicing worries over its potential to strain family finances and its representation of excessive government involvement in local businesses.

Here's why to vote no on November 7.

At this week's Salem Reporter Town Hall, Oregon Business and Indust…

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How do we save Salem? The latest on the controversial employee-paid payroll tax 

Written by Naomi Yanike on Sep. 22nd, 2023

Salem voters will soon have a voice in the November 7, 2023, Special Election to decide whether the employee-paid payroll tax is the best solution to save Salem. But Salem City Councilors disagree about what exactly Salem needs to be saved from – the General Fund deficit that will cause emergency services to suffer or from the payroll tax itself. 

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Let Salem Vote!: Will citizens decide on the employee-paid payroll tax in November? 

Written by Naomi Yanike on Jul. 31st, 2023

Salem, Ore. -The Oregon Business & Industry has gathered over 5,000 unverified signatures for the "Let Salem Vote!" petition as of July 30, seeking to put the newly adopted Safe Salem employee-paid payroll tax Ordinance on the November ballot. If the petition is successful, voters would have the chance to reject the nearly 1% payroll tax scheduled to…

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Salem City Council meeting on July 10 could decide employee-paid payroll tax:

Written by Naomi Yanike on Jul. 16th, 2023

 “We can’t leave it to another Council to decide,” says Mayor Hoy

Salem’s population is growing, but the budget for police, fire, homelessness, and emergency services is falling behind. The City’s 19.4 million General Fund deficit is preventing the maintenance and improvement of emergency services due to property tax limitations. …

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