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Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission to meet May 15 in Camanche

AMES, Iowa – May 4, 2017 – The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) will meet Monday, May 15, at Mississippi River Eco Tourism Center, Rock Creek Marina, 3942 291st St., in Camanche.

Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission Agenda

10 a.m.

Roll call
Welcome and Introductions
*Approval of April 21, 2017, meeting minutes

10:15 a.m.

*Treasurer report and approval
*Budget planning for 2017
Interpretative center staff update
*MRPC 2017 meeting schedule – June 21, July 17, Aug. 21

10:30 a.m.

Planning for 2017 National MRPC Annual Meeting in Iowa Sept. 19-21,
-Daily schedule
-Program for interpretive centers on Sept. 20

11 a.m.

MRPC Committee reports
-Culture and Heritage – interpretive center visits
-Marketing report – media buy
-New interpretive center banner report
-Transportation – signage project and road updates
-2018 Bike Ride on Great River Road, 2017 Iowa Bike Ride

11:25 a.m.

Cooperative Partnership Program reservations accepted beginning on June 6 at 10 a.m.
-Jenna Beary, Iowa Tourism Office


Adjourn for lunch

1 p.m.

Chairwoman’s report
-Byways of Iowa Coalition and Byways of Iowa Foundation
-Iowa State Fair – Iowa Byways participation Aug. 10-20, 2017

1:15 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.

2015 Iowa Great River Road Corridor Management Plan
-FY 2017 MRPC goals and implementation accomplished
-FY 2018 goals, priorities, resources, challenges, and partnering opportunities

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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