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Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission to meet March 20 in Lansing

AMES, Iowa –  March 13, 2017 – The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) will meet Monday, March 20, at the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Columbus Park­­­, 1944 Columbus Road, in Lansing.

Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission Agenda

10 a.m.

Roll call

Welcome and introductions

*Approval of Feb. 13, 2017, meeting minutes

10:15 a.m.

*Treasurer report and approval

*Budget planning for 2017

Interpretative center staff update

*MRPC 2017 meeting schedule – April 21 (Paducah, Ky.), June 19, Aug. 21

10:30 a.m.

Planning for 2017 National MRPC Annual Meeting in Iowa Sept. 19-21, 2017



-Daily schedule


Noon to 1 p.m.    

Adjourn for lunch

1 p.m.

MRPC Committee reports

-Culture and Heritage – interpretive center visits

-Marketing report – media buy

-New banner report

-Transportation – signage project and road updates

-2018 Bike Ride on Great River Road, 2017 Iowa Bike Ride

1:30 p.m.

Chairwoman’s report

-Byways of Iowa Coalition

-14th Annual Farnam Dinner March 16, 2017, in Davenport

-Iowa State Fair participation

1:45 p.m.

Ex officio member reports

-Mary Stahlhut, Iowa Department of Transportation

-Ron Deiss, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

-Shawna Lode, Iowa Tourism Office

-Liesl Voges, Iowa Department of Cultural Affairs

-Randy Schultz, Iowa Department of Natural Resources

2 p.m.

Discuss potential MRPC implementation and goals in the 2015 Iowa Great River Road Corridor Management Plan - resources, challenges, partnering

2:30 p.m.


*Action item

Note: The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission Inc., a 501 (c) (4) tax-exempt fundraising organization, will meet at this location immediately following the meeting of the Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission.

For more information, contact Mary Stahlhut, Iowa Department of Transportation, by phone at 515-239-1369 or email [email protected].


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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