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 Ash Creek Arts Center, established in 2013, provides opportunities for people of all ages and abilities to explore, learn and celebrate the visual, literary and performing arts. 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.