Day: June 10, 2011

Promoting tourism goal of Chamber as org plans move to Keizer Station

By JASON COX Of the Keizertimes The Keizer Chamber of Commerce will be moving to Keizer Station later this year, with ambitions to expand tourism services. The business organization reached an agreement for a two-year lease on an 1,800 square foot space near Round Table Pizza. That’s more than double the space in their current digs inside the Keizer Heritage Center on Chemawa Road. Chamber President Rich Duncan thinks the new center can be self-sustaining in part from advertising and flyers placed in their office. Both he and Executive Director Christine Dieker believe the location near Interstate 5 would draw interest from regional attractions. “Say a restaurant might want to sponsor a banner or panel to showcase their product,” Dieker said. “That would produce a revenue stream which would eliminate some of the subsidizing we’ve been giving the visitor services.” Self-sustaining is even more important in light of the Keizer City Council’s decision not to allocate more than $11,000 in anticipated transient occupancy taxes. Dieker said the mission to promote tourism remains despite losing that money. “Our goal is to enhance all four phases of the chamber: The chamber is community, the chamber is the business community, and it’s events and tourism,” Duncan said. “We want (membership dues and fundraising dollars) going toward member services… increasing services to members and expanding our networking, our economic and government affairs committee, and...

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Health and wellness forum this Tuesday

A health and wellness forum aims to teach personal healthy habits from a business perspective. The Keizer Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring the Forum and Health & Wellness Conference from 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Tuesday, June 14, at the Keizer Civic Center. Featured will be 15 to 20 experts who “would want to share what they can contribute to healthier lifestyles and well-being,” said Christine Dieker, the chamber’s executive director. “For the person who walks through the door it’s kind of one-stop shopping.” Tips on healthy eating and stress management will be on the agenda along with bone density and blood pressure screening. An afternoon session will focus on how businesses can facilitate healthier lifestyles for their employees. Cost is $20 for the conference, including breakfast and lunch, or $13 for the monthly chamber luncheon only. It’s $16 at the door. For more call the chamber at 503-393-9111 or visit...

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Outdated agreements

There is a time when agreements outlive their purpose.  The city of Keizer has now reached the point where two past agreements need to be altered:  one is an expansion of the Urban Growth Boundary, the other is the Keizer Fire District folding neighborhoods in north Keizer into its district.  Neither change will come without a fight. For decades Salem and Keizer have shared one Urban Growth Boundary (UGB).  State law calls for UGBs to have a 20-year supply of developable land.  The city of Keizer is, for all intents and purposes, out of land that can be used for new residential and commercial development.  Salem has enough land to yet develop. At a Salem City Council work session this week to discuss an Economic Opportunities Analysis, Mayor Anna Peterson and Councilor Chuck Bennett were vocal in questioning the need for Keizer’s call for expansion of the two city’s shared Urban Growth Boundary. Both Peterson and Bennett questioned Keizer’s motive for a possible expansion of the UGB, wondering whether it was for purely growth reasons or for a push for more tax revenue.  Madam Mayor and Councilor Bennett, does it matter? An agreement about growth in the UGB made in the 1970s is outdated and needs to be amended.  In the 1970s, when Oregon’s land use rules were created,  Keizer was an unincorpated part of Marion County.  Salem was...

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President Obama’s jobs recession

By LAWRENCE KUDLOW Political advantage can be fleeting. A couple of months ago, during the winter quarter, job gains looked to be picking up, unemployment was easing lower, and President Obama’s re-election hopes looked more secure. But things sure have changed. In recent weeks, a whole bunch of new economic stats have been pointing to a sputtering economy — maybe even an inflation-prone, less-than-2-percent-growth recession. Stocks have dropped five straight weeks, as they look toward slower growth, jobs and profits out to year end. And Friday’s jobs report didn’t buck these trends. “Anemic” is the adjective being tossed around the media. According to the Labor Department, non-farm payrolls increased a meager 54,000 in May, while private payrolls gained only 83,000. A week or two ago, Wall Street expected 200,000-plus new jobs. Didn’t happen. Perhaps the most telling weakness in the jobs report comes from the household survey, which is made up of self-employed workers. Think of mom-and-pop owned stores and small businesses. Think of the Main Street entrepreneurial families who make up the backbone of the economy, and for the matter the country. And they vote, too. Well, household jobs increased a paltry 105,000 in May, after falling 190,000 in April. The jobless rate is determined by the household survey, and you really need a couple hundred thousand new household jobs a month — at least — to lower...

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