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How Salem is reviving growth efforts with outside help


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Simplified: Salem is restarting its local economic development group and focusing on future growth. Here’s how the Sioux Metro Growth Alliance helps.

why is it important

  • Salem faces many of the same challenges as other communities right now when it comes to shortage of housing and labor, said the city’s chief financial officer, Lori Heumiller. This is partly why the city signed on as a partner with SMGA in January.
  • With the help of an economic development specialist from the SMGA, Salem someone dedicated to helping the city grow. Specialist Sheldon Jensen works directly with Salem people and businesses to seek out potential growth opportunities.
  • During the first month of this partnership, SMGA helped Salem establish a new economic development corporation – a board of directors made up of local people focused on growth and led by the president of the Progressive Salem Association, Glenda Blindert.

“They’re very good at following,” Heumiller said of SMGA, “so if you give them a job, they take it by the horns, and they work and work and work until they get it done. “

Tell me more about Salem

It is located approximately halfway between Sioux Falls and Mitchellmaking it an ideal location for people who want to be a little further from the metropolitan area, Blindert said.

“I think in some cases people want to get out closer to the Sioux Falls metro and into a smaller school district,” she said. “We have a great school here with great facilities.”

The city also has several services available locallysaid Heumiller, which means people don’t have to travel to one of the bigger cities for things like a hardware store, a doctor’s appointment or an upgraded city pool.

Salem has had an economic development council in the past, Blindert said, but most members have retired or died. The partnership with SMGA has given this work a renewed attention.

What happens next?

One of the first objectives of the new economic development corporation is to meet the housing needs of the city, Blindert said.

The larger goal, however, is to attract more people and businesses to Salem.

“We’re going to continue to do things for our community to inspire people to move here and stay here to raise their families,” Heumiller said.