Imagine Salem is a community visioning process that is bringing together people from across the community to have a conversation about what they want Salem to look like in 2026—the year that Salem celebrates its 400th anniversary. The vision will serve as a guide for future decisions. The dialogue will be framed around housing, jobs and transportation, with themes of equity and inclusiveness woven throughout the topics.
The City of Salem undertook an extensive community outreach campaign with Utile as its workshop. Over 1,100 survey respondents and countless attendees at coffee meetups and neighborhood meetings weighed in on the future of Salem. The culmination of the process was a Citywide Forum led by Utile, gathering additional input from residents and presenting a snapshot of the state of the city and the vision of the residents of Salem.