Last Friday, members from the Oregon Economic Development Association (OEDA) visited Independence, Oregon, for a presentation and tour of all the exciting things our city has been up to in the past several years.

Joined by OEDA members from Corvallis, Albany, Lake Oswego, Rural Development Initiatives, Wilsonville, and Dallas, Shawn Irvine, the City of Independence’s Economic Development Director, began the tour by recounting the original 1996 vision plan set forth by the Independence community. Later, Shawn led the guests through a tour of Independence’s most recent Urban Renewal Projects, including views of the interior of the newest development on Osprey Point, the rooftop of the Independence Hotel, and the reuse of the Old City Hall building, which now houses Parallel 45 Brewing. Members learned how these pivotal projects helped transform our downtown into the lush and vibrant hub of activity we see today.

The Oregon Economic Development Association represents stakeholders from 150+ cities, counties, regional EDOs, ports, utilities, DMOs, chambers, SBDCs, and partners in finance. They work on the front lines of Oregon’s economy by helping create jobs, retain and attract businesses across different sectors, and build dynamic regional economies.

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Economic Group Visits Independence Oregon