Schrader Secures $500,000 for Salem's Mill Creek

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Washington, DC, December 11, 2009 | comments
Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) announced today that he has secured $500,000 for the Mill Creek Employment Center in Salem. The funding will be used for infrastructure improvements for the over 500 developable aces at Mill Creek. Schrader requested the funding for this project in the House version earlier this year.
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Congressman Kurt Schrader (D-OR) announced today that he has secured $500,000 for the Mill Creek Employment Center in Salem. The funding will be used for infrastructure improvements for the over 500 developable aces at Mill Creek. Schrader requested the funding for this project in the House version earlier this year.

 
“These infrastructure improvements mean jobs now and economic development in the future for Salem,” said Schrader. “Mill Creek has the opportunity to bring thousands of high quality jobs to Salem and I look forward to continuing to work with Mayor Taylor and city officials to make these jobs a reality.”

 
The Mill Creek Employment Center, located in the southeast corner of the Salem urban growth boundary, is one of the largest industrial properties with undeveloped acreage along the I-5 corridor in the Northwest. The site is likely to be a huge economic development project for the area as it has direct access to regional transportation facilities, including I-5, highway 22, rail facilities, the Port of Portland, and a proximity to a large labor force.

 
Local leaders, like Salem Mayor Janet Taylor were quick to thank Congressman Schrader for his work on this project.

 
“Thanks to the efforts of Representative Schrader, Salem is close to receiving an appropriation for $500,000 to begin infrastructure improvements at the Mill Creek Employment Center in southeast Salem,” said Taylor.   “We deeply appreciate his representation of our area and his efforts to obtain this appropriation.  Mill Creek is one of the largest industrial properties available along the I-5 corridor in the northwest and bringing it on-line will ensure future jobs for our citizens.”

 
Ray Burstedt, President of the Strategic Economic Development Council (SEDCOR), was also excited about the economic opportunity for the region.

 
“Funding for the water line looping at the Mill Creek Industrial Park is absolutely critical to attracting businesses to locate there. In order for the park to exist, there has to be adequate infrastructure in place, and these funds are an important step for Mill Creek and the economic vitality of the Salem region in general.”
 

The primary purpose of the Mill Creek Employment Center and the Salem Renewable Energy Park is job creation. When completed these properties are expected to generate private development that will create 5,000+ jobs, invest one billion dollars in the regional economy, transfer nearly 600 acres from public to private ownership, and create 110 acres of wetland and open space.

 
The funding was included in the Omnibus Appropriations Act that has been agreed by a House and Senate Conference Committee and received final approval from the full House yesterday. The Senate is expected to approve Conference Report in the next couple of days before Congress can send it to President Barack Obama for his signature.

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