What is The Salem Partnership?

The Salem Partnership, created in 1987,  is a unique public-private partnership that has helped Salem to grow and prosper, and will work to make sure the growth and prosperity continues. The Salem Partnership is a non-profit membership organization.The Salem Partnership is directly involved in determining the outcome of issues critical to the greater Salem community.  The members of the Partnership believe that a strong community creates a prosperous business climate.

Our goal...

The Salem Partnership's goal is to bring all sectors of the city together to maximize the potential of the City of Salem.  Members of the Partnership include the Mayor of Salem, CEO's of the major for-profit and non-profit businesses, and other community leaders.


What are the benefits of membership?

  • Membership on the Board of Directors.

  • Participation in the monthly discussions with public and private leaders on topics of importance to the economic growth of the city and the region.

  • Invitations to special events.

  • Participation in sub-committees and focused action committees.

  • Impact in the formation of public/private policy.

  • Share the success of our initiatives.

  • The Partnership has a long track record of accomplishments in many areas of importance to the local economy including tourism, education, transportation, seaport development, job creation and business enhancement. The Partnership is highly visible as an effective organization of business leaders dedicated to success.

How is The Salem Partnership different from other business organizations?

  • Project implementation is a key priority:

    The Partnership seeks to bring about the revitalization of Salem. Members focus on key specific large-scale projects that help the city revitalize its potential. The redevelopment of the Salem Armory into a Visitor’s Center including the construction of the replica 18th Century ship “Friendship”, the reconstruction of the National Park Service’s Salem Maritime National Historic Site, and the Salem Courthouse Project are all examples of Partnership initiatives.

  • Benefits the Community:

    The Partnership’s mission is to promote the greater good of the City of Salem and the surrounding region. The Partnership takes stands for the benefit of the city not necessarily the organization or its individual members. Its focus is on the implementation of projects.

  • Focused Agenda:

    The Partnership focuses on a few strategic issues and seeks to accomplish effective change through action and building cooperation between diverse interest groups.

  • Nationally Recognized:

    The Partnership is nationally recognized as an effective organization which represents the perspectives of both the private and public sectors.