Welcome to Independence, a historic rural community with high-speed fiber-to-the-home and an eight-screen multiplex. Located in the heart of the Willamette Valley with easy access to Interstate 5, our creative, can-do staff are focused on finding solutions and facilitating business development. And we have the awards to back it up.
In just over a decade we've turned our downtown from an eyesore to an attraction, opened several new restaurants and retail shops, redeveloped four brownfields, and brought in several new industries - including a new mill. State and federal agencies use us as an example of a town that "gets it" and knows how to get things done.
Take a look around our website and then come take a look around our town. You'll like what you find.
Independence is home to a wide variety of businesses, many of which have caught the media's eye due to their uniqueness and impact on the community. Take a look at some of the news stories below. Can you see your business in Independence?
The Independence region is home to some incredible artists and performers. The Independence amphitheater has a regular series of free concerts, movies and comedy shows during the summer, as well as festivals and other events. Western Oregon University in neighboring Monmouth is also a major player in the local arts scene.
Historic Independence, located 17 miles from the State capital, 1 hour from the coast and 1 hour from Portland, is a friendly, rural community with a rich sense of place. Independence's lively downtown is located along the beautiful Willamette River and offers excellent antiquing, dining and entertainment opportunities.