Salem mourns loss of a community leader

Mike McClaren

Written by Gerry Frank, Special to the Statesman Journal

A city is very much like an extended family.

In many cases, there is just one individual whom members of the group go to for advice, for problem solving and for inspiration. Salem just lost one of those rare individuals: Mike McLaran, longtime CEO of the Salem Area Chamber of Commerce and key spark plug for a long litany of projects and events in our area.

When Mike (formerly a resident of Albany) was hired to head this important civic group, he faced an organization that had seen its better days; the chamber was not the strong and influential voice of past years. As a matter of fact, you had to go back to the late 1950s and early 1960s, when Salem was named an All-American City, to find a time when this group was looked upon as “the outfit to be a part of.”

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