Spring has finally sprung! The cold and snowy winter was certainly not a time of hibernation at the SOD Center.  Activity in the City of Salem and at the SOD Center carried the momentum from 2018 into 2019 and never slowed down.  The SOD Center identified four economic development focus areas for 2019: Workforce & Education, Business Development & Entrepreneurial Support, Business Retention & Expansion, and Downtown Revitalization

Workforce & Education The SOD Center began 2019 collaborating with The Columbiana County Port Authority and Columbiana County Economic Development to hold two job fairs in the SOD Training Facility.  Seventeen Columbiana County businesses participated in the two events and 238 job seekers attended.  The two job fairs assisted 20 seekers in securing employment.  Due to the high volume response, the team is considering additional job fairs later in 2019.

The SOD Training Center continues to grow and add classes and workshops based on the needs of local employers and workforce.  Classes in Health & Safety, Workplace Improvement, Supervisory & Leadership Development, Professional and Personal Development, and Technical Skills are offered.  Since opening our doors in November 2018, we have trained and assisted 460 individuals with over 1100 contact hours in workforce development.  The Training Center will continue to evolve with some very exciting class offerings coming summer and fall of 2019.  Please stay tuned and check sodcenter.com for announcements. 

Business Development & Entrepreneurial Support The SOD Center is working on a data base of priority sites and properties prime for development and redevelopment.  These sites include existing buildings and vacant land.  Being prepared for businesses looking for a new or to expand is a key component for economic growth.  Our partnership and collaboration with the SBDC continues to be a valuable resource for entrepreneurs.  The SBDC offers assistance to startup and existing businesses.

Downtown Revitalization The SOD Center continues working with our affiliate Downtown Salem Partnership, Town Center Associates, and The City of Salem Zoning Department on downtown revitalization projects to increase the vibrancy of our downtown.  We are currently working with the SBDC on a small business program focused on the retail sector and specifically in the downtown.  Please follow us on Facebook for updates and announcements.                                                                                                                     

Business Retention & Expansion Our existing businesses are the heart of our City. SOD offers support to existing businesses through our Business Retention & Expansion program.  Several companies are currently working with SOD on potential expansion and growth opportunities.  If your company is considering a future expansion, please contact The SOD Center today to learn about the many resources available.

Onward and Upward! The first quarter of 2019 ended with wonderful news from Site Selection Magazine.  Salem was ranked as one of the top 100 Micropolitans in the United States based on projects.  It is a great honor to be among this very impressive group of Micropolitans.

As 2019 moves along quickly, The SOD Center will maintain focus on these four key economic development areas.  We will build on our past and current success as we continue to GROW SALEM.

Interested in being a part of the GROWING SALEM TEAM and supporting economic development in Salem? Please visit our membership area for more information. 

City of Salem Incentives, Growing Salem:

December 16, 2019

In 1981 the City of Salem established a Community Reinvestment Area to assist in encouraging Economic and Community Development and housing maintenance.  Over the years Salem has made updates to the original “CRA”, most recently in 2017, to incl

From the Desk of the Executive Director, Winter 2019-2020

December 16, 2019

As we embrace the winter season and closeout a successful year at the SOD Center, we anticipate a new year with new growth and possibilities for The SOD Center, the City of Salem and surrounding areas.  I would like to take the opportunity to thank

SOD Training Center – Looking Back and Looking Ahead

December 16, 2019

The SOD Training Center celebrated 1 year of operation on November 1st! It’s been a year of trial and error as we figure out what training is most needed, while balancing what needs we are able to meet well. We appreciate your support and willingne

Economic Development Plan for the City of Salem

December 16, 2019

In April of 2019 the SOD Center proposed developing an Economic Development Plan for the City of Salem.  With support of the City Council Economic Development committee, development of the plan began immediately with the release of a Community Surve

Your Best Self Business Spotlight

December 16, 2019

Special Business Spotlight Your Best Self Fitness is a Personal Training and Group Fitness studio created in 2018 as an alternative to a traditional gym experience.  Client sessions are by appointment providing privacy while working on a client’s

Salem Welding & Supply Co. Business Spotlight

December 16, 2019

Special Business Spotlight Who is SWS? Salem Welding & Supply (SWS) is a unique business with two plants located on the southern end of the City of Salem. SWS houses two separate businesses: welding supplies and industrial gasses, as well as fabric

The Cave: Team Building at the SOD Training Center

December 16, 2019

Team building is on everyone’s mind. Companies are finding many different ways to help team members bond, whether it’s just to have a break from the day-to-day or hoping that the experience will produce more synergy among the team members. Retrea

Congressman Bill Johnson Visits Salem Design & Manufacturing

September 07, 2019

The #SODCenter would like to thank Congressman Bill Johnson for his recent visit at Salem Design & Manufacturing (SDM). A special thank you to Phil Warga and the SDM Team for your hospitality and providing a tour to our Congressman. SDM is a great #S

Amorette Farms & SOD Work Together Bringing Healthy Greens to Salem

August 31, 2019

Salem, Ohio, Release: August 29, 2019 Amorette Farms is a start-up company currently based out of Beloit, Ohio, that is using a new, innovative way to grow safe, healthy greens for their customers and the community at large – an indoor vertical fa
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