Welcoming business among top priorities for city councilors

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes Encouraging a business-friendly environment tops the priority list of Keizer’s unopposed council candidates elected earlier this month. Lore Christopher won her sixth two-year term as mayor. Councilor Jim Taylor won his third term to Position No. 4, and Councilor Cathy Clark won her second term in Position No. 5. Joe Egli, current president of the Keizer Chamber of Commerce and a local insurance agent, won his first electoral bid in Position No. 5. Christopher wants to encourage more daytime employment, particularly near Exit 260. And while she didn’t express much hope of an urban growth boundary expansion in the next two years she hopes to lay down the map. “We don’t have the map today,” she said. She said she isn’t interested in taking in high-value farmland, “but there are a lot of places with low-grade farmland.” She, like Clark, are fond of the idea of a corporate business park within the city limits. And Christopher thinks more daytime employees working in Keizer will encourage more sit-down restaurants to locate here. “It would be an ideal jumping off point for medical offices working with Portland and Salem,” Christopher said. “We have a terrific location.” The mayor said zoning will need to be in place to encourage businesses to locate here. “Businesses want to come to cities who want them,” she said. “… We...

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