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Mayor Promotes New Efforts for Mississippi River Commerce/Sustainability

Contact:     Mayor Bob Gallagher,

SEPT 17: Mayor Bob Gallagher Joins Two Dozen River Mayors to Announce Two New Efforts to Promote Mississippi River Commerce and Sustainability

American Water to Pledge Support of New Sustainable Development Fund


As part of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), Mayor Bob Gallagher is joining with fellow River Mayors to announce two significant initiatives that will improve the health and sustainability of the River and its communities, during MRCTI’s annual meeting being held in New Orleans.  The Mayors will unveil the Mississippi River Sustainable Development Fund that will provide grants to support start-up costs associated with sustainable waterfront development.  Relatedly, the Mayors, the Mississippi River World Trade Center Alliance—consisting of seven World Trade Centers, will sign an agreement with 18 Community Foundations along the waterway to work together toward sustainable projects on the River.  In addition, the Mayors will discuss the progress of MRCTI’s container on barge shipping effort.  MRCTI is a mayor-led effort comprised of 60 River Mayors committed to creating a coordinated voice for the Mississippi River.


September 17, 2014 at 11:30 AM CT


  • Mayor Mitchell Landrieu, New Orleans, LA (Host)
  • Mayor A.C. Wharton, Memphis, TN (MRCTI Co-Chair)
  • Mayor Roy Buol, Dubuque, IA (MRCTI-Co-Chair)
  • Mayors:

Dan Bender, Red Wing, MN

Donnie Brown, New Madrid, MO

Edward Brown, St. Joseph, LA

Larry Brown, Natchez, MS

Joseph Chilsen, Onalaska, WI

Hyram Copeland, Vidalia, LA

John Cox III, Greenville, MS

George Flaggs, Vicksburg, MS

Robert S. Gallagher, Bettendorf, IA

Kip Holden, Baton Rouge, LA

David Kleis, St. Cloud, MN

David Lattus, Hickman, KY

Richard Lee, Port Allen, LA

Russell Loven, Guttenberg, IA

Harry Rediger, Cape Girardeau, MO

Francis Slay, St. Louis, MO

Jo Anne Smiley, Clarksville, MO

Tom Thompson, Grafton, IL

Mark Vulich, Clinton, IA

Brant Walker, Alton, IL

  • Dominik Knoll, Chair, World Trade Center Mississippi River Alliance
  • Don Hickman, Chairman, Mississippi River Partnership of Community Foundations
  • Colin Wellenkamp, Executive Director, MRCTI


Westin Canal Place Hotel in the Plimsoll Club, 11th Floor

100 Rue Iberville, New Orleans, LA 70130


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—America’s most critical natural asset—and spearhead a new level of regional cooperation to make it more sustainable.  As the ecological linchpin to the 37-state Mississippi River Basin, the River is responsible for creating $200 billion worth of U.S. GDP; providing drinking water for more than 18 million; transporting 62 percent of our nation’s agricultural output; delivering nearly 400 tons of coal and petroleum products; and directly supporting one million jobs and millions more indirectly. More information at


To cover the event, contact Shawn Flaherty at 703-554-3609. Registered reporters may listen live to the briefing by calling (805) 360-1000 and entering 185304#.


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