“Back to the Future” - Our Mission

The City of Salem boasts one of the most prideful histories in the Commonwealth, from our treasured downtown to our diverse neighborhoods.  Through the formulation of this plan we envision a harmonious blend of cherished history and cutting-edge innovation, where the roots of our heritage remain firmly planted as we strive for continued progress and evolution. Our vision is to preserve the elements of our history that have proven successful, while seamlessly integrating forward-thinking strategies to embrace a dynamic and promising future.

We honor our past by safeguarding the traditions, landmarks, and values that define us, ensuring they continue to be celebrated and cherished by generations to come. At the same time, we embrace innovation as a driving force, eager to explore new horizons and pioneer transformative solutions that propel our community into the future.

Our vision statement represents our commitment to:

Preservation: We are dedicated to safeguarding the architectural treasures, cultural traditions, and stories that have shaped our identity. Our history remains the foundation upon which we build our future.

Innovation: We strive for innovation in all aspects of community life, from technology and sustainable practices to economic development and education. We see challenges as opportunities for inventive solutions.

Sustainability: We promote sustainable practices that protect our environment, ensuring that our natural resources and green spaces remain for the enjoyment of generations to come.

Inclusivity: We are an inclusive community, embracing diversity as a source of strength and unity. We work to ensure all voices are heard and valued in our shared journey.

Collaboration: We understand that true progress comes from working together, forging partnerships with businesses, institutions, organizations, and neighboring communities to bring shared goals to fruition.

Economic Prosperity: We seek to create an environment that attracts and sustains businesses, ensuring economic vitality for all residents and stakeholders.

Quality of Life: We are committed to enhancing the quality of life for our residents, offering recreational and cultural opportunities that enrich the community experience.

With "Honoring Our Past, Innovating The Future" as our guiding vision, we embark on a journey of preserving the essence of our history while embracing forward-thinking strategies that will propel our community into a brighter and more promising tomorrow.  Together, we stand at the intersection of tradition and innovation, ready to write a new chapter in our enduring story.