Independence Civic Council (ICC)


In July of 2015, the Independence Chamber of Commerce implemented a new initiative within the organization; the Independence Civic Council (ICC). The purpose of the ICC is to support Independence initiates that improve the climate of success for Independence businesses, and quality of life for residents.

How does it work? 

The ICC is comprised of Chamber members who donate $500 annually. Each member receives a single vote at every meeting. The goal is 50 members and with that goal met, the ICC anticipates $25,000 per year to donate to select worthy causes.

To request funding, an entity must complete and submit a request form provided by the Chamber staff liaison. Upon approval of the ICC Chairperson, a meeting of the ICC is scheduled. Members of the ICC are invited to hear proposals of selected candidates. Following a presentation, a private discussion among ICC members will result in a vote. A simple majority vote of the ICC members present will approve or deny any request for funding. A second vote of the ICC members is required to determine the amount invested. 


The ICC convenes only when there is an approved funding request.


A Chairperson and Treasurer are elected from the ICC membership annually. The Treasurer offers a financial report at each meeting, which includes; dues collected year to date, use of funds, and balance of the account.  The Chair and Treasurer serve one-year terms, beginning January 1 each year.

Who can be a member of the ICC? 

Any member of the Independence Chamber of Commerce is eligible to become a member of the ICC. Membership is open to Chamber employees.  Membership of the ICC requires an annual contribution of $500 or greater.  

What if a business wants to give more than $500?

A business may contribute any amount over $500.  Each business receives a single vote, regardless of the amount donated.

How do I join or get more information?

Contact Lois McDonald, Vice President of Community Development, at or (816) 252-4745 ext. 2.
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