The city recently participated in a Rural Economic Development Round Table discussion hosted by Congresswoman Andrea Salinas at the Independence Civic Center. This event brought together several small, rural cities across Oregon’s 6th district to highlight project successes and positive actions, with state and federal agencies on hand to provide technical advice and updates. The discussion also offered cities an opportunity to share their challenges and propose ideas to their federal representatives.

Independence Mayor John McArdle kicked off the meeting by acknowledging key collaborators who have been instrumental in the city’s revitalization efforts. For example, we collaborated with the Oregon National Guard to help build our iconic amphitheater and sports complex. Moreover, Independence collaborated with state agencies to secure funding for significant projects such as the F Street Bridge, the Central Talmadge Plan, and waterfront development, among others.

“The big thing I want to share with you all is the importance of building a relationship with your state and federal elected and agency staff,” said McArdle. “They can point you to support and funding sources to help make your vision a reality. They certainly did it for us.”

This roundtable marked a significant step forward in our mission to enhance rural economic growth. Independence looks forward to continuing to strengthen relationships with our state and federal partners.