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“Over half the teachers live in Salem.”

Stayton city administration reported that employers of major significance to Stayton residents, with number of employees listed, were as follows:

NORPAC, canned foods

600

Phillips Industries, Metal doors, frames

240

Stayton Schools, Education

117

American Homestar Corporation

150

Santiam Memorial Hospital, Medical

116

Source: Community Profile, Oregon Economic and Community Development Department, 2002.

Major employers, with number of employees listed, for Sublimity are:

Marian Estates, Retirement center

350

Cascade Chevrolet

40

Sublimity Insurance

22

D & W Automotive

17

Steve Wheeler Tire Center

16

Source: Community Profile, Oregon Economic and Community

Development Department, 2002.

Business activity in downtown Stayton is struggling. Many people do not believe that downtown is “working” and some businesses are attempting to address redevelopment in the downtown core with mixed results. Residents complained that many desired local services are not available. They have asked for practical stores and they have appreciated BiMart for this reason. They complain about the lack of good restaurants and they lament the closure of the theatre.

Downtown business complains there is little traffic and that visitors do not know that 3rd street is (or once was) the core. Safeway and points north have taken some of the business, and is the locus of most traffic. In the future, business owners feel they can compete with “box stores” if they focus on high end products and provide excellent service.

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