Salem State and city of Salem extend SILOT agreement

Salem Mayor Kimberley Driscoll and Salem State University President Patricia Maguire Meservey have announced details of a Services In Lieu of Taxes (SILOT) agreement that will continue the collaboration between the city and university in areas of common interest. The new agreement, which will go into effect in 2012, is expected to benefit and support both.

Specific activities of the partnership are expected to benefit the city of Salem while enhancing operational efficiencies for both the city and the university. Examples of potential cooperation include academic collaboration, which would allow Salem residents access to the educational resources of the university; Salem State’s continued support of the city’s K-12 schools; and coordination of the university’s infrastructure planning and development with planned South Salem and citywide improvements. In addition, the agreement calls for Salem State to work closely with the city to protect and enhance the public safety, emergency preparedness and environmental health of Salem. 

An additional element of the partnership is expected to be Salem State’s Center for Civic Engagement. Plans are for students, faculty and staff to engage in activities that—while supporting the service-learning and community service goals of the university—also benefit nonprofit and other community agencies within the city. The center will act as the liaison between Salem State and Salem as both seek to promote community involvement and address issues of public interest.

Salem State will continue to support the economic development of Salem through its Enterprise Center, the northeast regional office of Massachusetts’ Small Business Development Center and the North Shore Alliance for Economic Development, all of which are located on Salem State’s Central Campus. The university will continue to collaborate with the city and other Salem organizations to create and implement programs that will further the economic and cultural vibrancy of the city. 

As a publicly funded institution of higher education, Salem State will continue to allow the usage of its facilities for city-sponsored programs as available. In an agreement with the North Shore Medical Center, Salem State will also voluntarily coordinate mutual aid service in the event of large-scale disasters.

“Being located in such a vibrant city, one rich with historical and cultural resources, has always brought great benefit to our students…both academically and socially. We value our close working relationship with the city of Salem, and look forward to giving back to the community we call home,” said Patricia Maguire Meservey, president of Salem State University.

In regard to the SILOT, Mayor Driscoll commented, “I am grateful to Salem State University for their continued commitment to the city of Salem. This new agreement underscores the magnitude of that commitment and highlights the positive role the University plays in our community. The city values the relationship we have with SSU and thanks President Meservey for fostering an even stronger partnership.”

Based on this agreement, it is estimated that Salem State University’s commitment for 2012 will be $600,000 of direct, in-kind and grant funding for these areas of partnership and cooperation.