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Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission to meet June 20 in Maquoketa

AMES, Iowa –  June 8, 2016 – The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) will meet Monday, June 20, at the Hurstville Interpretive Center, 18670 63rd St., in Maquoketa.

Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission Agenda

9:30 a.m.

Roll call

Welcome and Introductions

*Approval of April 29, 2016, meeting minutes

*Approval of March 21, 2016, meeting minutes

9:45 a.m.

*Treasurer report and approval

*Budget review for 2016

*Budget planning for 2017

*MRPC meeting schedule

10:00 a.m.

National MRPC Committee reports

   - Culture and Heritage –  Iowa Great River Road interpretive centers staff updates

   - Marketing

        - The Great Race, June 26, 2016

        - Drive the Great River Road, September 2016

   - Transportation – Signage project update, road updates

   - Agriculture

   - National board meeting

10:45 a.m.

Chairwoman’s Report

   - Iowa Byways Sustainability Project

   - Byways of Iowa Coalition

   - Iowa State Fair booth

11:00 a.m.

Tourism grants and marketing – Nicole Shalla, Iowa Tourism Office

   - Grants

   - 2016 marketing outcomes report

   - 2017 co-op program advertising

11:45 a.m.

Adjourn for lunch – Squires Manor, 418 West Pleasant Street, Maquoketa

 1:10 p.m.

Reconvene  –  Hurstville Interpretive Center, 18670 63rd St., Maquoketa

Welcome and Introductions

 1:20 p.m.

*2017 Iowa Great River Road marketing budget  

 1:45 p.m.

Iowa Great River Road planning workshop – Discuss potential MRPC and regional planning partnering to implement and accomplish goals in the 2015 Iowa Great River Road Corridor Management Plan

 3:15 p.m.


*Action item

Contact: Mary Stahlhut, Iowa Department of Transportation, at 515-239-1369 or


The MRPC is a multistate organization that works collectively to preserve, promote, and enhance the scenic, historic, and recreational resources of the Mississippi River; to foster the economic growth of the corridor; and to develop the national, scenic, and historic parkway known as the Great River Road.

As part of the MRPC, the Iowa MRPC focuses on the same mission objectives in relation to Iowa's portions of the National Scenic Byway, the Iowa Great River Road, and the Mississippi River Valley. The governor appoints members to the Iowa MRPC from each of the 10 counties that border the Mississippi River. These include Allamakee, Clayton, Dubuque, Jackson, Clinton, Scott, Muscatine, Louisa, Des Moines, and Lee counties. The Iowa MRPC also includes ex officio members from the Iowa Department of Transportation, Iowa Natural Resource Commission, and Iowa Economic Development Authority’s Iowa Tourism Office.


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