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Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission to meet July 17 in Lansing

AMES, Iowa –  June 30, 2017 – The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) will meet Monday, July 17, 2017, at the Lansing Community Center, 395 Main St., in Lansing.

Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission Agenda

10 a.m.

Roll call
Welcome and introductions
Interpretative center staff update
*Approval of June 19, 2017, meeting minutes

10:15 a.m.

*Treasurer report and approval
*Budget amendment for 2017
*Budget planning for 2018
*MRPC meeting schedule – Aug. 21, Sept. 21, Nov. 20

10:30 a.m.

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

11:15 a.m.

Break for tour of Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center, 1944 Columbus Road, immediately followed by lunch at Shep’s Riverside Bar & Grill, 10 S. Front St., in Lansing.

1 p.m.

Reconvene at the Lansing Community Center
MRPC Committee reports
-Culture and Heritage – interpretive center visits completed
-Marketing – 2018 media buy, Eastern Iowa Tourism advertising layout
-New interpretive center banner – Scott Tunnicliff
-Transportation – signage project and road updates
-2018 Bike Ride on Great River Road, 2017 Iowa Bike Ride
-Interpretive center signage

 1:35 p.m.

Chairwoman’s report
-Byways of Iowa Coalition
-Iowa State Fair – confirm MRPC plans for Aug. 12-13 participation
-Lansing bridge replacement

1:50 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.

Election of officers for 2018
Recognition of retiring MRPC board members

2:10 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

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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