-- (BUSINESS WIRE) -- Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI):
A group of Mississippi River Mayors and members of Congress are holding a press briefing on March 21 to announce the formation of a Mississippi River Caucus. The Mayors—members of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), a new mayoral-led effort to create a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River—will also unveil a Mississippi River platform for improving the waterway. As a backdrop to the briefing, the Mayors are hosting a free photographic exhibit set on top of a giant floor map of the River. MRCTI has partnered with over a dozen member-city arts councils to display professional river-inspired photos.
|Senator Roy Blunt (R, MO) Invited||Mayor Buol, Dubuque, IA|
|Senator Tom Harkin (D, IA) Invited||Mayor Smiley, Clarksville, MO|
|Congressmen Rick Crawford (R, AR)||Mayor Thompson, Grafton, IL|
|Congressman Tim Walz (D, MN)||Mayor Hoechst, Alton, IL|
|Congressman Kind (D, WI)||Mayor Wharton, Memphis, TN|
|Congressman Stephen Fincher (R, TN)||Mayor Kennemore, Osceola, AR|
|Mayor Slay, St. Louis, MO – Co-Chair||Mayor Winfield, Vicksburg, MS|
|Mayor Kleis, St. Cloud, MN – Co-Chair||Mayor Brown, Natchez, MS|
|Mayor Huber, Prescott, WI||Mayor Copeland, Vidalia, LA|
March 21, 2013, Press Briefing at 10am, Photo Exhibit 9:00am-3:00pm
Cannon House Office Building
1st St. & Independence Ave., SE, Caucus Room, 2nd Floor
To cover the event, contact Shawn Flaherty at 703-554-3609. Reporters may listen live to the briefing by calling (805) 360-1000 and entering 185304#.
Organized by the Northeast-Midwest Institute and funded by the Walton Foundation, MRCTI is an effort to bring national attention back to the Mississippi River and spearhead a new level of regional cooperation to make it more sustainable. The exhibit, sponsored by Ingram Barge Company, is part of the Mayors’ efforts to showcase the River’s importance.