Independence, Oregon: A Small Town with Advancing Technology

Independence, Oregon: A Small Town with Advancing Technology

How one small town is embracing tech written by Sheila G. Miller EVERY FOURTH OF JULY, as many as 25,000 people flock to the city of Independence, Oregon — population 9,666 — to celebrate the holiday with a multiday festival. “The town grinds to a halt,” said Shaun Irvine, the city’s economic development director. “Staffing is never quite enough. We needed a way to be more efficient.” This year, it would be different. Working with TeamDev, the city plans to create a virtual situation room to make the festival smarter. Irvine described it as, essentially, a map of the community with real-time updates—traffic incidents, police calls, live video streams, employees’ locations. Garbage can sensors can tell employees when it’s time to empty them. Employees will be able to monitor social media. “We’ll be able to know if someone’s in the park and tweets at a friend that the bathroom is…

Mount Angel’s First Oktoberfest

One of the reasons we look so forward to fall is the Mt. Angel Oktoberfest. This beautiful Bavarian-style town in Oregon certainly knows how to throw a party. With the 52nd annual celebration coming up this weekend we decided to take look back at how it all got started.

Eugene in the Fall

Looking for fall splendor when the leaves start to change? Plan your trip to Eugene.

Oregon City—Then & Now

In 2018, the Oregon Trail celebrates its 175th anniversary. Traders laid the 2,170-plus-mile wagon route from about 1811 to 1840. Between the boom years of 1840 and 1860, more than 400,000-plus pioneers traveled its path. Connecting the Missouri River to Oregon’s lush valleys, the east-west trail was only passable on foot or by horseback, and those who braved it faced challenges like wagon accidents, disease outbreaks and rushing river crossings.

The Grand Hotel Salem

The Grand Hotel and Bentley’s Grill, Salem’s premiere hotel and fine dining restaurant, bar and lounge, has an elegant downtown atmosphere. Featuring 193 beautifully appointed sleeping rooms, The Grand offers every visitor comfortable elegance. Enjoy all that downtown Salem has to offer by staying right in the heart of it all. Complimentary underground parking, hot breakfast buffet, high-speed wireless internet, indoor pool and spa, and more await your arrival. The menu at Bentley’s Grill features Northwest ingredients with items that include fresh seasonal seafood, artfully presented salads, choice steaks, brick oven artisan pizzas and rotisserie tender chicken. Enjoy more than 200 varieties of wine, 100 of them local Oregon wines. Bentley’s service is outstanding, with clientele ranging from professionals to families with children. Downtown Salem Oregon 201 Liberty Street SE Adjacent to the Salem Conference Center Salem , Oregon 97301 Phone: (503)902-9905 Fax: 503-540-7830 Reservations: 1-877-540-7800 Email: Click Here