Last week, members of our city staff and Mayor McArdle met with representatives from the city of Sweet Home, Oregon, to share Independence’s story of success and explore the roadmap we took to get there. It was an excellent opportunity for both cities to learn from each other and strengthen their connections.

Sweet Home and Independence have a lot in common, including beautiful waterfront property and a population of 10,000 residents. During the visit, representatives from Sweet Home were able to see firsthand the progress and success Independence has achieved in recent years. They also learned about the strategies and best practices that have helped us get here, such as leveraging parks and recreation to create economic opportunity.

Overall, the visit was a great success and further strengthened the bond between our two communities. We look forward to continued collaboration and sharing of ideas with our friends in Sweet Home.