City of Independence, Missouri

Tourism Commission


The Commission serves as an advocate for the tourism industry in Independence by: educating residents and businesses of the economic, cultural and historic value of tourism in Independence; promoting cooperation and communication among tourism sites; and addressing issues that affect tourism. The Commission advises and recommends policies, procedures and programs that benefit tourism in Independence by helping to support the Tourism Division objectives and providing regular feedback to the Parks Recreation Tourism Department.

Membership Information

The Tourism Commission is composed of nine (9) members, designated by the City Council, based upon recommendations from the Commission and representing the following organizations and entities: one (1) member each from the Chamber of Commerce, Independence Square Merchants Association, Independence Economic Development Council, Truman Library, Attractions Coalition, Hotel & Lodging Alliance, Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints Visitors' Center and two (2) At-Large members. The Commission will elect its Chairman, Vice-Chairman and Secretary to no more than three (3) one-year terms, using a nominating committee consisting of members of the Tourism Commission. Each of the nine (9) appointments must be approved by an affirmative vote of four (4) Councilmembers and such Council approval shall constitute an appointment to the Commission. All nine (9) members shall be full-working members of the Commission with all of the privileges and obligations attached thereto. Each appointment shall be for a term of three (3) years beginning January 1. There will be no term limits for the Commission members. Due to the nature of this Commission none of the members of the Tourism Commission will be restricted from serving on another Council appointed board or commission. Over one­ half the full membership shall constitute a Quorum to do business.


NameTitleCategoryExpiration Date
Allen, JamesHotel & Lodging Alliance12/31/2019
Cannon, RussellChurch of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints12/31/2019
Krantz, JodiIndep. Economic Development Council12/31/2021
McClain, Cindy R.At-Large12/31/2020
Rushay, SamTruman Library12/31/2020
Shanahan-DeMoss, MicheleIndep. Square Merchants Assn12/31/2021
Thornton, JohnAt-Large12/31/2020
VacantAttractions Coalition12/31/2018
Zerr, KrisChamber of Commerce12/31/2021

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