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Since 2012, Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative has been promoting economic and environmental security and stability along the Mississippi River Corridor.

Our Mission

There are 124 Mississippi River main stem cities and towns. These riparian population centers are soundly River-centric. MRCTI gives a common voice to those who depend most upon the River, and by virtue of doing so, spans political and economic interests. 

The MRCTI builds the capacity of member mayors, empowering them with the tools and support to undertake effective local initiatives which attract green jobs, move towards sustainable economies and achieve local environmental protection goals. 

Ultimately, MRCTI's work helps protect and restore the Mississippi River as a natural system that can support human culture and economies, as well as the River's unique ecosystem and wildlife.


Finally, the ecological health of the Mississippi River and its economic importance to the many people that make their living or seek their recreation is based on [establishing] a healthy river system.
— Congressman Ron Kind, Wisconsin's 3rd District

What We've Achieved

A year in review

  • Established the River’s first corridor-wide non-federal sustainable development fund
  • Assembled a partnership between 7 world trade centers and 18 community foundations.
  • Preserved SRFs above $2 billion for FY 2015