City of Independence, Missouri

City of Independence receives $1 million boost for tourism

The City of Independence will be reimbursed for more than $1 million of Tourism promotions as part of the Missouri Division of Tourism “Show Me Strong” Destination Marketing Organization (DMO) Recovery Plan. The Independence City Council unanimously approved an ordinance accepting this grant on Monday, September 14.

“As the home of the Harry S. Truman Presidential Library, the Vaile Mansion, Bingham-Waggoner Estate, and the National Frontier Trails Museum, tourism is an important part of our community’s economy and history,” Mayor Eileen Weir said. “We are aggressively working with our contacts at the State and Federal levels to find all resources to help Independence. These funds will help us highlight the things individuals can safely do during the pandemic as well as the many activities we look forward to resuming once it is safe.”

The Missouri Division of Tourism has completed two rounds of the “Show Me Strong” DMO Recovery Plan. Round two included approximately $2 million and required a competitive application process. The Independence Parks|Recreation|Tourism Department will utilize these funds in a campaign highlighting outdoor activities, paranormal tours and history walks individuals can do at this time as well as the many venues and activities everyone will be able to return to once it is deemed safe.

“We appreciate the State’s support of the tourism venues in Missouri and the recognition that the role they play to residents and visitors,” Mayor Weir said.

The Missouri Division of Tourism has a page outlining the “Show Me Strong” program here, industry.visitmo.com/programs/2021-program-info.