About Salem Indiana

SmallIndianaSalem 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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TreeCityTreeLincoln, Neb. (March 25, 2021) Salem, Indiana, was named a 2020 Tree City USA® by the Arbor Day Foundation in honor of its commitment to effective urban forest management. 

Salem achieved Tree City USA recognition by meeting the program's four requirements: a tree board or department, a tree care ordinance, an annual community forestry budget of at least $2 per capita and an Arbor Day observance and proclamation.

"Tree City USA communities see the impact an urban forest has in a conununity first hand," said Dan Lambe, president of the Arbor Day Foundation. "The trees being planted and cared for by Salem are ensuring that generations to come will enjoy to a better quality of life.

Additionally, participation in this program brings residents together and creates a sense of civic pride, whether it's through volunteer engagement or public education."

If ever there was a time for trees, now is that time. Communities worldwide are facing issues with air quality, water resources, personal health and well-being, energy use, and protection from extreme heat and flooding. The Arbor Day Foundation recently launched the Time for Trees initiative to address these issues, with unprecedented goals of planting 100 million trees in forests and communities and inspiring 5 million tree planters by 2022. With Tree City USA recognition, Salem has demonstrated a commitment to effective urban forest management and doing its part to help address these challenges for Salem residents now and in the future.

JustinGreenMayor Justin Green recently announced $250,000 in COVID-19 relief has been awarded to local businesses in the City of Salem. A total of 51 local small businesses received these recovery grants with funds received from the Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs. COVID relief grants were awarded throughout the state to help sustain businesses through the height of the pandemic and put dollars back into the community during the last year.

“I’d like to thank every business that applied for these grants and to express my sincere gratitude to the local grant committee and the City Council for their work. We know this has been a difficult time for all, particularly our small business owners, and I certainly appreciate the patience and persistence our businesses have demonstrated. We were pleased to have the opportunity to offer this assistance,” said Mayor Green.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs awarded the City of Salem the grant money to be distributed locally. These federal grant dollars were underwritten by the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

JustinGreenAs we start a new year, I want to reflect on what the City of Salem has accomplished during the past year and preview the months ahead.  First, however, I would like to thank our residents and business owners for their dedication to helping keep Salem safe during the pandemic.  I would also like to thank you all for your concern for others, your commitment, and the patience you have shown during the last year. 

It is true, we have all had a difficult year due to COVID-19.  While some have lost loved ones to the virus, others have been sick.  Our business owners are continuing to fight to rebound and though it has been tougher than ever, they are resilient.  Whether we have struggled physically, mentally, or financially, we have all suffered during 2020, but the city of Salem did not fold.  We have become stronger and are showing growth. 

For me, the first year in Mayor’s seat was not what I expected.  Just a few short months into my first term, we faced what we hope is a once in a lifetime pandemic.  We all adapted to scheduling changes, quarantine, and the cancellation of events.  The city of Salem meetings became difficult and attendance was not allowed, but the business of the city continued. One of the hardest parts of dealing with Covid-19 for the City of Salem was the slow down to progress it created.  While this slowdown was frustrating, we have worked hard to overcome it and are showing great progress in 2021.

Mayor Justin Green is reminding small business owners impacted by the corona virus to apply for a small business Covid-19 relief grant.  The new deadline for the grant is February 26, 2021.  There are ten remaining grants to be awarded.

Covid-19 relief grants are available to businesses that are for-profit, inside Salem city limits, must benefit individuals considered in the low-to-moderate income threshold, have 15 or fewer employees, and have been in operation prior to March 1, 2020.

Grants of up to $5,000 may be received by eligible business owners in the City of Salem.  This money may only be used for working capital expenses which include but are not limited to rent, utilities, advertising, marketing, or inventory.

Click here for an application or you may request an application at the drive-thru window of the water office.  You may also email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to request an application.

The Indiana Office of Community and Rural Affairs has awarded the City of Salem this grant money.  These federal grant dollars are underwritten by Housing and Urban Development. 

The City of Salem looks forward to awarding these ten remaining grants to our hard-working Salem businesses.