Current Public Policy priorities

The Salem Chamber works with community partners to promote investments in the future economic health of our region. From education to public safety, the Chamber is the positive voice for business.


The Chamber works to make sure our infrastructure meets the transportation, safety, and service needs that support our region’s long-term economic vitality.

  • Salem River Crossing – The Salem River Crossing project is working to find a way to reduce traffic congestion on the two bridges that cross the Willamette River. The Salem Chamber has been active in advocating the need for an additional bridge and the impact it would have on the community.
Education & Workforce Development

Our partnerships between the business community and our school district help students connect classroom learning with the expectations of the workplace. By investing in our future workforce, we build a stronger economy for our region for generations to come. Learn more about our workforce development efforts

  • Career Technical Education Center – The Chamber continues to be a strong advocate for the importance of this project as a cornerstone of our workforce development strategy. As a result, collaborative meetings are taking place to support the important goal of launching construction and manufacturing career-tech programs by Fall 2015.
Public Safety

Strong public safety systems are an important element in the quality of life of a community, as well as its economic prosperity.

  • Salem’s Police Department – There is a clear need for an upgraded facility. Ongoing discussions are happening to determine the most prudent approach possible to align the needs of our public safety officials with the means available from City of Salem taxpayers.