Salem Announces Rescue Plan Survey, Public Forums

Public feedback sought to help shape use of federal COVID-19 relief funds

The City of Salem has launched a survey, available online in English and Spanish at, to help gather public input about the City’s use of the federal COVID-19 relief funds provided to it by the American Rescue Plan Act (ARPA). The survey will be online through Friday, September 17th.

In addition to the survey, residents, employers, and workers in the community are invited to participate in two public forums intended to take in additional public feedback about the City’s ARPA allocation. One forum will take place on September 28th at 7:00 p.m. and the second on October 21st at 7:00 p.m. Both will be held online via Zoom; links and dial-in details will be posted at the week prior to each forum.

“We are working in a thoughtful and transparent manner with respect to Salem’s federal ARPA relief,” said Mayor Kim Driscoll. “This aid will provide an opportunity to plan and leverage resources for the benefit of everyone in our community as we recover from the pandemic. I hope all residents will weigh in, whether through the survey, the forums, or both, to offer their input, thoughts, and ideas about what our greatest priorities are and what values should guide our investment of these important funds.”