- Economic Development
As the Capital of the Eastern Shore, the City of Salisbury is proud to facilitate a diverse economy. With an ever‐expanding range of economic opportunities that exist within our bustling economy. We are proud to have the 7th fastest growing job market in the US as we cultivate entrepreneurs and encourage the proliferation of small, locally-owned businesses. In 2016 alone, Salisbury’s metro economy had grown to $16.9 billion. With only $350 million in retail buying power in the City, Salisbury retailers did $1.6 billion exchanged through retail spending. Manufacturing employment reached 12% of the workforce compared to 3% across the State of Maryland. The most important part of our economic growth strategy has been to turn our once-quiet Downtown into a vibrant center of arts and culture by investing in marketing efforts, arts organizations, recurring events, establishing a Downtown Visitor Center, an amphitheater, and recruiting the National Folk Festival and its $90 million economic impact to the center of the city.
- Brain Drain
To continue as a leader at the vanguard of innovative concepts and technologies we are always looking for ways to beautify and better our City. We recently rebranded Salisbury in order to become more marketable as we encourage citizens and business to become involved in our community and take pride in being Salisburians. As a result, we are now known as Maryland’s Coastal College Town. We have created an Entrepreneur Pipeline with Salisbury University, partnering with the School of Business to hold entrepreneur courses and business competitions, including awarding a Mayor’s Prize to one winning business plan annually. Through our coordination with Salisbury University, we have successfully attracted the University to – for the first time – open a Downtown campus. In this landmark building, they are designing a major Entrepreneur Center which will continue to connect bright minds to the City’s heart and soul. We have also funded our City’s groundbreaking Buy a Home Build a Business program that helps aspiring small business owners to both open a storefront and buy a house in Salisbury. In support of the young people who grow up in Salisbury, we have established a Youth Civics Council and Youth Development Advisory Committee this year. The Committee has, among other things, recommended the City establish 2 youth community centers in our distressed neighborhoods in Salisbury and we have acquired sites and begun the design process for these transformative centers.
Throughout Mayor Day’s administration there is an ongoing endeavor to hold our government accountable to you, the citizens of Salisbury, as we foster an environment of responsive government and promote open lines of communication between City Government and citizenry. We welcome the public to attend our City Council meetings and make access to government officials easier than ever by streaming Council meetings and work sessions live on PAC 14. Additionally, we remain steadfast in our commitment to transparency by openly sharing up-to-the-minute mapped data. Over the course of FY17 and FY18 we have – and will continue – developing our new City web site (including a new Downtown web site) and a City-operated 311 system. Tools are being adopted to make bill pay, job application, RFP/bid response and other citizen submissions much more user-friendly.
- Neighborhoods & Housing
The City of Salisbury has a dedicated team of support staff and code enforcement officers in our Housing and Community Development Department (HCDD). HCDD serves our City in a myriad of ways from enforcing property and maintenance codes to making sure rental properties within City limits are registered and landlords are properly licensed. In addition to helping maintain order and consistency throughout the streets of Salisbury. HCDD is the home of Salisbury’s new Housing First program, designed to help rehabilitate and house the chronically homeless in our City. Currently, HCDD is also working on new ways to encourage homeownership while supporting and strengthening our neighborhoods and encouraging a sense of pride throughout our City.
- Fiscal Discipline
We work tirelessly to ensure that every dollar we expend is accounted for and each expense justified. Each of our City departments is challenged to strive for efficiency as we respect our commitment to you, the tax payer, to responsibly manage City revenue. As a testament to our fiscal responsibility and the dedication of every department, Salisbury has been able to reap the benefits of having a surplus in our budget. In 2016, we had $280,000 returned to surplus. Furthermore, as a direct result of our fiscal responsibility and discipline, our City currently benefits from our AA Bond rating.
- Public Safety
Maintaining the safety of our community is one of the most important duties our City government is tasked with. As an example of our ongoing commitment to promoting the safety of Salisbury’s homes, streets, and business we are proud to host fully operational Police and Fire Departments. Salisbury’s finest, the men and women of our Police and Fire Departments, work around the clock to ensure our City continues to be a safe, family friendly community. The commitment of our first responders has not gone unnoticed or unrewarded, as Salisbury now enjoys the lowest real number of Part 1 crimes in 31 years, and the lowest per capita crime rate in that same time. As a testament to our Emergency Services commitment, it is worth noting that our Salisbury Police Department voluntarily seeks and maintains national accreditation. Furthermore, as a result of their proven track record of outstanding response times and ability to extinguish fires, our Salisbury Fire Department recently attained an ISO rating of 2, one of only 5 agencies in the State of Maryland in the top rating tier.
In Salisbury, we take pride in our beautiful environment and pristine waterways. We stand resolved in our commitment to the preservation of one of our most valued natural resources, the Wicomico River. As a demonstration of our determination to preserve our stunning environment for the utilization and enjoyment of future generations, we are proud to participate in efforts in partnership with the Wicomico Creek Watchers to improve the quality of our river and ponds, fulling funding their water testing program for the first time.
- Transportation & Infrastructure
We are devoted to making commuting to and through Salisbury easier and safer than ever by keeping our roads, bridges, and sidewalks accessible to all. A City can only be as strong as the foundation upon which it is built; with this in mind we take pride in our transportation systems and are always looking for ways to improve Salisbury’s infrastructure. Currently, we are improving the infrastructure of our Main Street and beautifying our streetscape. In addition to our ongoing projects, we have plans to continue to connect sections of the Salisbury Urban Greenway walking trail as well as to create an innovative biking and walking rail trail along the railroads that connect North and South Salisbury. We are also honored to have been designated as a Bike Friendly City with a Silver Status. In the past 12 months we have adopted a Bike Master Plan, Route 13 Corridor Plan, Urban Greenway Plan, Downtown Master Plan and Zoo Master Plan for upgrading and expanding our infrastructure.
- Constituent Service & Management
Ultimately, the purpose of our City Government is to serve you, the citizens of Salisbury. Our City staff work every day to ensure that Salisbury continues to thrive. If you should have any questions, concerns, or comments regarding the daily operations of the City of Salisbury, please do not hesitate to contact the Mayor’s Office or one of our City departments directly. It is our hope that Salisbury will continue to grow as a center of employment and opportunity for all. Our City has a dedicated staff of civil servants. It is our desire for employees of the City of Salisbury to be both engaged and challenged while they are members of our dedicated and innovative workforce.