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Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission to meet Sept. 15

AMES, Iowa – Sept. 8, 2016 – The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) will join the 10-state Mississippi River Parkway Commission at its annual meeting Wednesday through Friday, Sept. 14-16.  The annual meeting will be held at Natchez Grand Hotel & Suites, 111 South Broadway St., in Natchez, Miss.

The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission will conduct a brief business meeting at 7 a.m. Thursday, Sept. 15, at the meeting site in Natchez.

Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission Agenda

7 a.m.

Roll call

Welcome and introductions

*Approval of July 18, 2016, meeting minutes

7:05 a.m.

*Treasurer report and approval

7:10 a.m.

General reports

   -Report of National Geographic geo-tourism roll-out

   -Annual MRPC Board meeting

   -President’s Report

Committee reports

   -Culture and Heritage

   -Environment, Recreation, and Agriculture


   -Communications and Marketing

Other reports

   -Byways of Iowa Coalition report

   -Iowa State Fair

   -Byways of Iowa Foundation report

Schedule future meetings

   -Proposed meeting dates Oct. 12, Nov. 14, or Nov. 21

7:30 a.m.

Discussion of hosting the September 2017 Annual Meeting

8 a.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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