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Welcome to Historic Salem Indiana!

Salem is located in scenic Southern Indiana just 35 miles north of Louisville, Kentucky and less than 100 miles south of Indianapolis, Indiana. Salem is a great place to live and make a living. We have high achieving public schools, and a wide variety of community activities. Salem also has a strong and diverse economic base. If you're a visitor to Salem, we hope you will take note of our many unique and historic destinations. As a city, Salem has retained much of its small town flavor, a flavor that is enhanced by the city’s tree-lined streets, stately old homes and a friendly atmosphere that has been nurtured and handed down through the generations.

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Haunted Family Fun at the Pioneer Village

Join the fun at the Pioneer Village (behind the Steven's Museum) on East Market Street on Saturday, October 25th from 6:00pm - 7:30pm

The Village will be decorated for Halloween and fun filled activities sponsored by volunteers from the John Hay Center, Salem Public Library, Salem Parks and Recreation, Salem Mayor's Office, City Fire and Police Department, The Pollock Family, Salem Rotary, Tri Kappa, WSLM Radio, Prevent Child Abuse Council, PACT, Washington County SOAR!, Meadow View Health and Rehab, Washington County Sheriff's Department and Kirk Elliott along with the Boy Scouts, and Washington County Substance Abuse Council. 

Community children will have free access to: Enjoy Cookies, Hot Dogs, Trick or Treat Bags, Hot Chocolate, Candy and other activities... only the spirits will know at the time of the event!

A "spookier" area is planned for older kids this year! You never know who may be lurking around the corner for a "Hauting" experience!

For more information call Kathy or Dawn at the Steven's Museum at 883-6495, Denise Newkirk at the Parks and Recreation Office at 883-2895, or Donna Hurst at the Salem Public Library at 883-5600.

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City of Salem Trick or Treat Hours

The City of Salem has released the hours that kids may ‘trick or treat’ for Halloween.

Children will be allowed to ‘trick or treat’ on Halloween, October 31, from 6:00pm - 9:00pm within city limits.

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Salem Chosen For New Manufacturing Facility

Mayor David Bower announced today that Summit Seed Coatings Indiana has chosen Salem as the location for their first Midwest facility. The facility will begin operation by January 2015 and employ up to 20 employees.

Summit Seed Coatings Indiana will invest $2.4 million to lease, renovate and equip their 60,000 square foot facility located at 401 South High Street in Salem.

"We included three Midwestern states in our search," said Stuart Barclay, manager at Summit Seed Coatings. "While there were similar benefits offered by all of the states, we were attracted by the cultural atmosphere of Salem, which is similar to Caldwell, Idaho.

Moreover, the help and encouragement by the state of Indiana, the city of Salem and the people we met was a big influence in our selection."

Founded in 2002, Summit Seed Coatings produces seed coatings for major seed distributors, which sell their seeds to agriculture dealers and government dealers, as well as at Lowe's, The Home Depot, Walmart and other garden store chains. The company's coatings convert more seeds to plants and produce more vigorous seedlings than uncoated seeds. Summit Seed Coatings currently coats small seeded legumes, alfalfa, clover, cover crops, radishes, forage grasses, and retail grasses for homeowners.

The Indiana Economic Development Corporation offered Summit Seed Coatings Indiana LLC up to $100,000 in conditional tax credits and up to $17,500 in training grants based on the company's job creation plans. These tax credits are performance based, meaning until Indiana residents are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives. The city of Salem will consider additional incentives.

"We are very pleased that after a very competitive multi-state search Summit Seed Coatings Indiana picked Salem as the best location. Their decision reinforces our belief that with a coordinated team effort Salem can be very competitive in attracting new companies and investment. After just 2 years of local effort Summit is the latest success story that now totals over $45 million in new investment completed or underway in Salem. We expect even more in the near future. It has been the result of strong efforts on the part of many individuals. On this project we want to recognize the efforts of the Indiana Economic Development Corporation, Plan Commission Chairman Terry McNeely, Community Development Director Greg Fitzloff as well as the Salem City Council."

For further information; Greg Fitzloff, City of Salem, 502-552-3160

Service & Education Events

Staying Relevant to a Changed Customer - Marc Willson
10-31-2014 8:30 am
Public Health Forum - E-Cigarettes
11-20-2014 11:30 am

Public Meetings

Plan Commission Meeting
10-27-2014 7:00 pm
Salem Tree Board Meeting
11-06-2014 4:00 pm
Board of Works
11-10-2014 6:30 pm

Community Events

Beck's Mill Oktoberfest
10-25-2014 10:00 am
Chamber of Commerce Annual Dinner & Community Awards
11-01-2014 6:00 pm
Washington County Christmas Parade
11-29-2014 6:00 pm