Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission to meet July 17 in Lansing

The Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission (MRPC) will meet Monday, July 17 at the Kerndt Brothers Community Center on Main Street in Lansing, beginning at 10 a.m. The MRPC is a multi-state 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.

During a break in the middle of the meeting, at approximately 11:15 a.m., Commission members will tour the Driftless Area Education and Visitors Center in Lansing. Included as part of the meeting agenda will be planning for the 2017 National MRPC Annual Meeting to be held in Iowa September 19-21 of this year, as well as election of officers and recognition of retiring MRPC board members. Another agenda item is simply listed as "Lansing bridge replacement," with that item being scheduled under the 1:35 p.m. agenda item headlined "Chairwoman's report."

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

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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