Business Friendly: Everyone Claims To Be. We Live It
Proactive, Efficient Staff
City staff see themselves as facilitators, working with business owners to identify and overcome issues.
Efficient permitting process - Pre-application meeting to identify and resolve issues prior to submittal. Site Design Review and Building Permits processed concurrently to minimize permitting timeline.
Case studies of why businesses succeed in Independence
High Tech, High Quality Infrastructure
MINET - A community-wide fiber-to-the-premises telecommunication utility providing residential and business services. Supported by LS Networks, MINET is redundant, scalable and can be built up to 10 Gig connection bandwidth.
Dark fiber throughout the community.
Modern water and sewer systems with approximately 250,000 gallons per day excess capacity.
Central location in the Willamette Valley close to Interstate 5.
Large, Experienced Workforce
Over 350,000 people live within 30 miles of Independence.
Several major universities nearby including Oregon State, Western Oregon, and Willamette, as well as Chemeketa Community College and Linn-Benton Community College.
Customized workforce development programs and incentives available through State and university programs.
Two vacant industrial sites applying for State Certified Shovel Ready status.
Industrial land starting at $67,000 an acre.
Business Support and Incentive Programs
Enterprise Zone - Covers all of Independence's industrial area and offers a 3-5 year abatement of property taxes as well as reductions in permit and SDC fees. Incentive depends on job creation and potentially wages offered
MINET Telecommunication Incentives - Reduced costs for dark fiber access, data storage, site connections and related telecommunication issues. Incentive depends on job creation and telecommunication usage.