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2014 4th of July Parade Entry Form

Thursday, April 3rd, 2014

2014 4th of July Parade 

 Hosted by the

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

 Theme: Independence: #ANewEra

(See below for the registration form)

 Welcome to our 154nd Parade Celebration! Please complete and return the bottom portion of this official entry form with the applicable entry fee by Monday, June 23rd to guarantee your position in the parade lineup.

 The entrance fee is $10 for the first vehicle or walking group, and $5 for each additional vehicle or walking group.  Please make checks payable to: Independence Area Chamber of Commerce.

 All entries will be judged this year and plaques will be awarded

based on the following criteria:

 Best Use of Theme

Best Decorated

Best Promotion of the City

                      Most Creative

Best Overall

 Entries must be received by June 23rd, 2014

Please return your completed entry form with your check made payable to the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce:

  4th of July Parade

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

P.O. Box 104

Independence, Iowa 50644


2014 Annual Chamber Banquet & Awards Registration

Friday, January 17th, 2014

Independence Annual Chamber Banquet & Awards – February 22

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

(Independence, IA)—Independence #ANewEra.  The Independence Area Chamber of Commerce will host the Annual Chamber Banquet and Awards at the Heartland Acres Agribtion center on Saturday, Feb. 22, 2014.  The Social Hour with raffle and silent auction items begins at 6:00pm with dinner; catered by McElroy’s Catering will begin at 7:00pm with awards to follow.  All are welcome to this fun night of community accomplishment and recognition.  More information, along with table reservations can be made by e-mailing or by calling the IACC at 319-334-7178, or fill out the registration form below!

Join us for the 2014 Annual Chamber Banquet & Awards

A night of celebration, recognition, and fun!
Independence #ANewEra

Silent Auction, Raffle, Dinner, & Awards to Citizen of the Year, Business of the Year, Business Person of the Year, Teacher of the Year, Mentor of the Year, Project of the Year, and Hall of Fame Inductions. Join in on the fun today! Seating limited! RSVP BY FEBRUARY 7th!

2014 Chamber Showcase- Early Bird Special 10% off Registration!

Friday, January 17th, 2014

 2014 Chamber Showcase-Registration Now Open

Independence Area Chamber of Commerce

2014 Registration Form

(Independence, IA) –The 2014 Chamber Showcase has taken on a new approach to the Chamber Home & Living Show.  The Chamber has decided to make this two day event into an energetic, one day showcase on Sunday, March 23rd at Henderson Event Center from 11am-4pm.

It is with hope that the Chamber Showcase will feature any and all Chamber members; From building supply to hair salons, from restaurants to investments, we want it all!  Booths will be available in various sizes, but will fill up fast, and are only available to Chamber members.

It is our wish to provide all Chamber members with equal opportunity to promote themselves through our several events, and we feel that the rebirth of the Home & Living Show to the Chamber Showcase will do just that.

The Chamber Showcase will provide your business with an established and exciting venue to showcase your products and services to potential customers from Independence and Buchanan County, as well as neighboring communities.  This is very cost effective and low in time commitment to reach a large number of consumers.  This is your time to shine!  Register by January 31st for 10% off your booth registration!  Contact the Chamber for more information at 319-334-7178.

2014 Chamber Calendar Released

Monday, December 16th, 2013

Chamber Calendar of Events- 2014



February 22                                      Annual Awards Banquet

March 23                                           Chamber Showcase

April 13                                             Easter Egg Hunt

May 16                                              Friday Night Live

June 20, raindate August 15       Annual Golf Outing

June 6                                                Friday Night Live

July 4                                                 153rd Annual 4th of July Parade- 9am

July 6                                                 Annual 4th of July Breakfast, 8am-noon

August 8                                           Friday Night Live

October 18                                                  Zombie Run

October 31                                      Downtown Trick-or-Treat

December 5-7                                 Jingle on Main,

  • (Friday-Tree lighting & Window Walk, Saturday- Shopping with Santa, Sunday-Carriage Rides)

Jingle on Main Celebration- December 5th-8th, 2013

Wednesday, December 4th, 2013


City of Independence, City Council Elections 2013

Monday, October 28th, 2013

The following is some information regarding the upcoming City of Independence election for Mayor and various council seats.

All City of Independence residents who are registered to vote here will vote for the Mayor and At-Large positions. If you live in a ward with a seat up for election such as 1st, 3rd, 4th, or 5th, you will also vote for a representative for your ward.

Official Candidate Forum

View the FULL Official Candidate Forum HERE

1st Ward, 3rd Ward, 4th Ward, 5th Ward, At-Large, Mayoral

The election will be held November 5th, 2013.

On the Ballot



1st Ward

3rd Ward

4th Ward

5th Ward

Polling Locations

Click here to see the City of Independence Ward Map.

These are locations to vote the day of the election (November 5th):

1st Ward: Falcon Civic Center at 1305 5th Ave NE

2nd Ward: VFW at 128 3rd Ave NE

3rd Ward: Heartland Acres Agribition Center at 2600 Swan Lake Blvd

4th Ward: Senior Citizen Center at 400 5th Ave NE

5th Ward: First Presbyterian Church at 115 6th Ave NW

Voter Information

Are you registered to vote? Not sure? Check here.

Click here to get a voter registration form.

Need to update your registration? Get information here.

Early Voting

Registered voters can vote early at the Buchanan County Auditor’s office during the following hours:

Monday – Friday, 8:00am to 4:20pm.

Absentee Voting

The request form must be received in the county auditor’s office by 5 p.m. on the Friday before the election (November 1st).

If the request is received so late that is unlikely the absentee ballot can be returned by mail in time to be considered for counting, the county auditor will enclose a statement to that effect with the absentee ballot.

Need to request an absentee ballot request form? Click here for the form.

It is important to follow instructions EXACTLY when voting via Absentee as your vote will not be counted if you have not done so.

Independence to Complete Comprehensive Plan

Monday, October 28th, 2013



comprehensive-planAs the City begins the Comprehensive Plan update, we are interested in knowing about the areas that concern you the most. Your responses will help us to address your needs and wants, as a community, and will enable us to prepare a plan for Independence’s future.

Please take approximately 15-20 minutes to complete the online version of the Independence Comprehensive Plan Survey. We ask that only one person per household fill it out, but please feel free to consult with all members of your household in forming your opinions. Your answers will be completely anonymous, with only the final results being presented to the Comprehensive Plan Task Force. If you’d prefer, hard copies of the survey are available at City Hall or you can print one out here and bring it in.  The survey will be open from October 2, 2013 to November 15, 2013.

Click to Learn about the Independence Comprehensive Plan

Plan to attend the informational meeting on Tuesday, October 29th, 2013
at the Independence Public Library from 6:00 pm – 8:00 pm


Core Committee Seeks Main Street Iowa, Independence Support

Wednesday, August 14th, 2013

Core Committee Seeks Main Street Iowa, Independence Support

Michelle Reck, Independence Area Chamber of Commerce Director

Throughout the summer bustle of vacations, cookouts, festivals, sporting events, and everything in between, there have been a small group community members coming together weekly, in supports of the future of Independence; involvement, growth, preservation, and pride; Main Street Iowa.

In which part of Independence was business and community development founded and spiraled upon?  Where is the heart in which all veins connect to?  The answer is the Main Street District of Independence.  Down first street, reaching its arms through second street, third street, and crossing through third and sixth avenue.

Over the years, as more businesses have developed, and by-passing routes have been made, Independence’s Main Street has taken a backseat.  Initially the hub of all activity, as our community has greatly and positively grown, our Main Street still provides quality experience, products, and community benefactors.

Launched in the 1980’s, the Main Street Iowa Program is designed  to “Improve the social and economic well-being of Iowa’s communities by assisting selected communities to capitalize on the unique identity, assets and character of their historic commercial district” (  Since its beginning, over 11,000 new jobs have been created in Main Street Iowa districts; Waverly, Dubuque, West Union, Charles City, and more to name a few, $1.1 billion dollars have been invested in buildings in these districts, Main Street communities grew 1.7% within those populated between 5,000 to 50,000, and more than 3,800 businesses have started-up, relocated to, or expanded in designated Main Street Iowa districts.  These communities have revitalized downtown lofts for living space, revitalized outside and inside appearance to best resemble historic accuracy, and have created events and activities for citizens to enjoy, drawing many community members as well as visitors to this hub of motion, to name a few.

Each Main Street community receives thousands of dollars annually in training and technical assistance through this highly participatory and volunteer driven program. Becoming a MSI community is no easy task.  Applicants must show support from local organizations, business and lawmakers; funding and in-kind support must be secured before being considered, as well and long term goals and historical preservation and revitalization.

Many, however, may ask, “Why Main Street Iowa?”  Benefits are limitless for all community businesses; within the Main Street District and outside of the district, as well as civic groups, community members, financial institutions, schools, local government, property owners, and industry.    With a prideful and active Main Street, just like layers of an onion, the community and its businesses and residents will greatly benefit.  In Main Street Iowa communities, many families have relocated to the areas for jobs and quality of community living, greatly presented by a vibrant Main Street.

By becoming a Main Street Iowa community, with the hopeful acceptance in February of 2014, this program won’t work without you driving the success in volunteer positions, and monetary investment. Any participation in this program, aside from your investment, is purely voluntary.  To show the commitment within applying for this incredible program, our core group of business owners, building owners, and community leaders are asking for your pledge.  For business and building owners, an investment of a three year commitment of $150 annually is encouraged, and a three year commitment of $75 annually from any patron and/or resident.  These investments will be invoiced in February 2014, upon acceptance into the Main Street Iowa program.  Through your desire, and kind investment, our Main Street will become alive once again and continue to be a landmark location of our community.  Although these base amounts of $150 and $75 are suggested, your interest and passion within this program may be reflected within your pledge of investment.  This is a community effort and will not proceed without support, encouragement, and deep interest.

The Main Street Core Committee of local community members will hold an informal information session regarding Main Street Iowa on Wednesday, August 28th at 8am at Bill’s Pizza and Smokehouse in Independence.  All are welcome, and all questions, concerns, and words of support are encouraged.

To pledge your commitment, please call the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce at 319-334-7178 or mail the following form to the Independence Area Chamber of Commerce at PO Box 104, Independence, IA 50644

Members of the core committee include Michelle Reck 334-7178, Kriss McGraw 334-9355, Connie Brown 334-7224, Amanda Coonrad 334-3666, Laree Randall 334-6703, Tricia Beatty 334-7181, and Steve Diers 334-2780

Investment Form

NEW-Amish Country Map 2013, Hazleton, Iowa

Tuesday, August 13th, 2013

2013 Amish Country Map, Hazleton, Iowa

Amish Stores, Page 1

Amish Stores Listing, Page 2

Amish Maps provided by the Hazleton Commercial Club

PO Box 363, Hazleton, Iowa 50641

319-636-2854 or 319-636-2243

Independence Farmers Market Registration Form

Friday, May 24th, 2013


2013 Independence Farmers’ Market

Saturday 8:00am – 12:00 noon at the Wapsipinicon Mill

May 18 – October 19


The Independence Farmers’ Market offers locally grown produce, baked goods,
crafts, flowers, bedding plants, and herbs.  The purpose of the market is to connect customers directly with the person who grew the products in a fun, casual environment.


Independence Farmers’ Market Guidelines:

  • Sales begin promptly at the signal at 8:00am. No early birds.
  • Produce must be grown by the vendor and crafts  made by the vendor.   Vendors may also be employees of the grower.
  • NO AUCTION items are allowed nor is buying from a source and reselling.
  • Cost of seasonal permits is $30.
  • Cost of a one-day vending fee is $10.
  • The market stresses cooperation, not competition. We exist for the benefit of the vendors and the customers. It is a community market.  Disputes are to be resolved respectfully
  • Vendors are responsible for getting their own WIC and Senior coupon permits and other applicable permits.
  • Rules for labeling the ingredients of jams, jellies, and baked goods apply.
  • If you have questions about market rules, talk to the market coordinators.
  • Smoking is forbidden on all city property



Vendor Application Form

Complete, detach, include check payable to IFM, and return to Joe Olsen.

Name___________________________________ Business Name_________________________


City____________________________________________ State_______________ Zip_________

Phone___________________________________ Email__________________________________

Items you will be selling:

*Are you WIC and Senior coupon certified?                          Yes                   No

In 2011, the market will be coordinated by a committee of volunteers who you should contact if you have a question:   Gordon Murray John 563-419-3569;  Joe Olsen 319-334-2709; ; Mary Davis 319-636-2990.