Sep
12
Sep 14

2017 Annual Meeting, September 12-14, St. Louis, MO

The 6th Annual Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative 

Organizational Meeting 

September 12-14, 2017, St. Louis, MO 


Unless otherwise noted, all sessions and events are open to all mayors and other officially invited attendees. Meeting services are located within the Hyatt Regency St. Louis at the Arch.

 

September 12 

Registration 

10:00am – 6:00pm, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Pre-function Foyer, 4th floor 

 

Welcome Reception 

5:00pm – 8:30pm, Old Courthouse Rotunda, 11 North 4th Street (across Chestnut Street from Hyatt) 

Mayors may gather in the main lobby of the Hyatt at 4:45pm to walk one half block to Courthouse 

Welcome to the new Jefferson Expansion Memorial. Nearly completed and open to an exclusive first look for the Mayors and State Legislators of the Mississippi River 

Presiding: Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul, MN, MRCTI Co-Chair 

                  Belinda Constant, Mayor of Gretna, LA, MRCTI Co-Chair 

 

Welcome: LYDA KREWSON, MAYOR OF ST. LOUIS, MO

 Host of MRCTI 6th Annual Meeting 

 

Introduction: REPRESENTATIVE 

 National Caucus of Environmental State Legislators 

 

Presentation: REPRESENTATIVE 

 City Arch River 

 

Tour: JEFFERSON EXPANSION MEMORIAL ENTRY, MUSEUM SPACE 

 National Park Service 

U.S. Department of the Interior 

 

 

September 13 

Registration 

7:30am – 5:00pm, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Pre-function Foyer, 4th floor

 

 

Opening Breakfast: Are State 319 Water Pollution Control Plans Key to our Water Security? 

8:30am – 9:45am, Four Seasons Hotel, 999 North 2nd Street, 8th Floor Mississippi River Viewing Deck

Presiding: Frank Klispch, Mayor of Davenport, IA 

                  Jay Hollowell, Mayor of Helena – West Helena, AR 

 

 Welcome: REPRESENTATIVE 

 National Caucus of Environmental Legislators 

 

Introduction: COLLEEN MEREDITH 

Soil & Water Conservation Program, Director 

Missouri Department of Natural Resources 

 

 Remarks: REPRESENTATIVE(S) 

 EPA Regions 4, 5, 6, and 7 

 

 Update: REPRESENTATIVE(S) 

 U.S. EPA Office of Water 

 Gulf Hypoxia Task Force 

 

 

SESSION: INNOVATIVE INFRASTRUCTURE ATTRACTING INVESTMENT, MITIGATING IMPACTS 

10:00am – 11:15am, Four Seasons Hotel, 999 North 2nd Street, 8th Floor Mississippi River Viewing Deck 

 Presiding: Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul, MN, MRCTI Co-Chair 

 Lyda Krewson, Mayor of St. Louis, MO 

 

 Update: REPRESENTATIVE 

 Federal Emergency Management Agency 

 Department of Homeland Security 

 

 Presentation: SUSAN TROUTMAN 

 CEO, Great Rivers Greenway 

 

 Presentation: Greg Lais 

 Executive Director, Wilderness Inquiry 

 

 Remarks: ROO YAWITZ 

 General Manager, Big Muddy Adventures 

 

Mayors’ Press Conference 

11:30am – 12:00pm, Four Seasons Hotel, 999 North 2nd Street, 8th Floor Mississippi River Viewing Deck 

Mayor Coleman and Mayor Constant will convene a press conference to make a major announcement
regarding the Mississippi River and its importance to the nation and the world. 

Presiding: Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul, MN, MRCTI Co-Chair 

 Belinda Constant, Mayor of Gretna, LA, MRCTI Co-Chair 

 

 

Opening Lunch Plenary, Project Investment Forum, Sponsored by: Bryan Cave 

12:15pm – 2:00pm, Offices of Bryan Cave, 211 North Broadway, #3600 

 Presiding: Jim Strickland, Mayor of Memphis, TN 

 Sharon Weston Broome, Mayor of Baton Rouge, LA 

 

 Welcome: ROBERT NEWMARK 

 Managing Partner, St. Louis, Bryan Cave 

 

 Introduction: ANTTI M. SUHONEN 

Executive Director, Infrastructure Public Finance 

Corporate & Investment Bank, J.P. Morgan 

 

 Remarks: REPRESENTATIVE 

 US Bank 

 


SESSION: PROJECT INVESTMENT FORUM PART II 

2:15pm –3:30pm, Offices of Bryan Cave, 211 North Broadway, #3600 

 Presiding: Roy Buol, Mayor of Dubuque, IA, MRCTI Treasurer 

 

 Introduction: LANCE PIERCE 

 President, CDP North America 

 

 Remarks: KATIE WALSH 

 Director, CDP Investor Matchmaker Platform

 

Host City Showcase & Dinner 

5:30pm – 8:30pm, Sculpture Hall, St. Louis Art Museum, 1 Fine Arts Drive

Join St. Louis Mayor Lyda Krewson for this celebration of the Middle Reaches of the Mississippi River Basin in one of the most storied and incredible architectural treasures along the waterway. 

Buses will begin loading at main entrance of the Hyatt Regency at 5:00pm to transport mayors and meeting guests to the dinner venue. Buses will return guests to the Hyatt beginning at 8:00pm. 

Presiding: Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul, MN, MRCTI Co-Chair 

                 Belinda Constant, Mayor of Gretna, LA, MRCTI Co-Chair 

                 Lyda Krewson, Mayor of St. Louis, MO 

 

 Recognition Of the MRCTI: COLIN WELLENKAMP 

 Exec Comm: Executive Director, MRCTI 

 


September 14 

Registration 

7:30am – 11:30am, Hyatt Regency Hotel, Pre-function Foyer, 4th floor 

 

 

Plenary Breakfast: Commodities – Engine of Mississippi River Economy, Sponsored by: 

MRCTI Corporate Advisory Board (CAB) 

8:30am – 10:00am, Grand Hall, St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Street

Buses will begin loading at the Hyatt Regency at 8:00am 

Presiding: Tim Kabat, Mayor of La Crosse, WI

 Welcome: TIM POWER 

 President, SCF Marine, Chair of MRCTI CAB 

 

 Remarks: REPRESENTATIVE 

 National Sustainable Agriculture Coalition, Vice Chair, MRCTI CAB 

 Incoming MRCTI CAB Chair

Seating: NEW MEMBERS OF MRCTI CORPORATE ADVISORY BOARD

Announcing: NEW MRCTI CAB VICE CHAIR

SESSION: USGS DEPLOYMENT OF MISSISSIPPI RIVER NUTRIENT MONITORING NET 

10:15am – 11:15am, St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Street

 

 

 Break (15 min) – Refreshments provided 

 

 

MRCTI Business Meeting 

11:30am – 12:30pm, St. Louis Union Station, 1820 Market Street 

Mayors will meet in an open-door session. Officer positions within MRCTI and on the Executive Committee will
be selected during this session. Mayors interested in hosting an annual meeting may also officially list their city as a candidate for the 2020 meeting. 

Presiding: Chris Coleman, Mayor of St. Paul, MN, MRCTI Co-Chair 

                  Belinda Constant, Mayor of Gretna, LA, MRCTI Co-Chair

 Co-Chair Election

Executive Committee Election 

2020 Annual Meeting: Call for Candidate Cities

1:30pm – Adjourn


Feb
28
Mar 2

2017 Capitol Meeting, February 28 - March 2, Washington, D.C.

The 5th Annual Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative Capitol Meeting

Agenda

February 28 – March 2, 2017 Washington, DC

Unless otherwise noted, all sessions and events are open to all mayors and other officially invited attendees. Official functions and meeting services are located in the Phoenix Park Hotel unless otherwise stated. Overflow Hotels include the Hyatt Regency Washington, DC, and the Washington Court Hotel

February 28
Dinner with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers


6:00pm – 9:00pm, The McDermott Building, Main Conference Room, 500 North Capitol Street, NW

Mayors may gather in the hotel lobby at 5:50pm to walk next door to dinner venue. Registration materials will be available at the dinner.


Mayors will be joined by leadership from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers for a sit-down dinner to discuss current challenges facing the Mississippi River as well as possible solutions.

Presiding: GEORGE FLAGGS, Mayor of Vicksburg, MS
CHRIS COLEMAN, Mayor of St. Paul, MN, MRCTI Co-Chair
BELINDA CONSTANT, Mayor of Gretna, LA, MRCTI Co-Chair
 

Welcome: JAMES KIM
Partner
McDermott Will & Emery LLP

Remarks: LESLIE SHOEMAKER
Global Vice President, Water Infrastructure
Tetra Tech

Discussion: MAJOR GENERAL DONALD E. (ED) JACKSON
Deputy Commanding General for Civil Operations                                                             U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

COLONEL ANTHONY MITCHELL
Commander, St. Louis District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

COLONEL MICHAEL DEROSIER
Commander, Vicksburg District
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

EDWARD E. BELK
Chief, Programs Integration Division
U.S. Army Corps of Engineers

Discussion: ROY E. WRIGHT
Deputy Associate Administrator for Insurance and Mitigation
Federal Emergency Management Agency

Update on
2017 Annual Mtg: FRANCIS SLAY, Mayor of St. Louis, MO

March 1
Funding Infrastructure Improvements In Our Cities


8:00am – 10:00am, Main Conference Room, Van Scoyoc Associates, Inc., 101 Constitution Ave NW, #600w

Mayors will meet in the Phoenix Park Lobby at 7:45am and walk 2 block to breakfast venue.

Presiding: JIM STRICKLAND, Mayor of Memphis, TN

Welcome: STEVEN PALMER
Vice President, Van Scoyoc Associates

Greetings: JESSICA GIROUX
General Counsel & Managing Director
Bond Dealers of America

Inroduction: MARK P. SMITH
Depty Director, North American Water
The Nature Conservancy

Inroduction: LINDA LANGSTON
Director of Strategic Relations
National Association of Countries

Presentation: ANTTI M. SUHONEN
Executive Director, Infrastructure Public Finance
Corporate & Investment Bank, J.P. Morgan

Capitol Hill Executive Meetings


10:30am – 12:00pm, LBJ Room (S-211), United States Capitol, Senate Side

Presiding: ROY BUOL, Mayor of Dubuque, IA
Frank Klipsch, Mayor of Davenport, IA

Presentation: KAREN E. WIRTH
EPA Office of Groundwater and Drinking Water
Source Water Protection Collaborative Team Leader

Presentation: ALAN MAYBERRY
Associate Administrator for Pipeline Safety
Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. DOT

Presentation: HOWARD "MAC" MCMILLAN
Acting Deputy Director
Pipeline & Hazardous Materials Safety Administration, U.S. DOT

Presentation: MARK SANBORN
Intergovernmental Affairs
Office of the Secretary, U.S. DOT

Update: MICHAEL MCGINNIS
Mississippi River Program Manager
Mississippi River Network

Update: STACI WILLIAMS
Mississippi River Program
American Rivers

Capitol Hill Lunch


12:30pm – 1:30pm, LBJ Room, United States Capitol, Senate Side

Presiding: Tim Kabat, Mayor of La Crosse, WI

Remarks: FRANCIS SLAY, Mayor of St. Louis, MO

Presentation: THE HONORABLE RON KIND
Member, House Ways & Means Subcommittee on Trade
United States House of Representatives (WI)

White House Meeting on Infrastructure (Mayors and city staff only)
2:30pm – 4:00pm, White House, 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, NW

Presiding: CHRIS COLEMAN, Mayor of St. Paul, MN, MRCTI Co-Chair
BELINDA CONSTANT, Mayor of Gretna, LA, MRCTI Co-Chair

Welcome: WILLIAM KIRKLAND, Deputy Director                                                                     PRESIDENT’S OFFICE OF INTERGOVERNMENTAL AFFAIRS

Introduction: PRESIDENT'S NATIONAL SECURITY COUNCIL
Disaster Resiliance and National Security
 

Discussion: D.J. GRIBBIN
Special Assistant to the President for Infrastructure Policy, Executive Office of the President

Break (Return to Hotel)
5:00pm – 6:00pm

Congressional Dinner

6:30pm – 7:00pm, Opening Reception, Top of the Jones Day Building, 300 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Rm 740
Mayors may gather in the hotel lobby at 6:15pm to board buses for the Dinner venue. Join St. Paul Mayor Chris Coleman, Gretna Mayor Belinda Constant, and members of the U.S. Senate and House of Representatives for a reception and dinner with the Mississippi River Caucus.

Presiding: CHRIS COLEMAN, Mayor of St. Paul, MN, MRCTI Co-Chair
BELINDA CONSTANT, Mayor of Gretna, LA, MRCTI Co-Chair

Introduction: BUZ CRAFT
Mayor, City of Vidalia, LA

Remarks: THE HONORABLE RALPH ABRAHAM
Member, Agriculture Committee
United States House of Representatives (LA)

Introduction: TIM KABAT
Mayor, City of La Crosse, WI

Welcome: THE HONORABLE TAMMY BALDWIN
United States Senate (WI)

7:00pm – 8:30pm, Dinner, Top of the Jones Day Building, 300 New Jersey Avenue, NW, Rm 740

This is our opportunity to impress upon new members of Congress and the Administration the importance of the Nation’s Inland Waterway System and the valuable Federal Partnerships that can fulfill America’s infrastructure needs.

Presiding: CHRIS COLEMAN, Mayor of St. Paul, MN MRCTI Co-Chair
                 BELINDA CONSTANT, Mayor of Gretna, LA MRCTI Co-Chair
 

Welcome: ANTONIO F. DIAS
Senior Counsel, Municipal Practice
Jones Day

Introduction: HARRY REDIGER
                      Mayor of Cape Girardeau, MO

Remarks: THE HONORABLE JASON SMITH
Co-Chair, Mississippi River Caucus
United States House of Representatives (MO)

Introduction: LIONEL JOHNSON, JR.
                      Mayor of St. Gabriel, LA

Keynote: THE HONORABLE GARRET GRAVES
Chairman, Transportation & Infrastructure Subcommittee on Water Resources & Env.
United States House of Representatives (LA)

March 2
MRCTI Leadership Breakfast


7:30am - 8:30am, Phoenix Park Hotel

Presiding: CHRIS COLEMAN, Mayor of St. Paul, MN, MRCTI Co-Chair
BELINDA CONSTANT, Mayor of Gretna, LA, MRCTI Co-Chair

Discussion: DON CLINE
Associate Director of Water.
U.S. Geological Survey

Discussion: ALEXANDRA CAMPBELL-FERRARI
Executive Director
The Center for Water Security and Cooperation

Mayors Press Conference

9:00am – 9:30am, National Association of Realtors Building, 12th floor, 500 New Jersey Avenue, NW
Mayors will host a press conference to introduce their plan for restoring the built and natural infrastructure of the Mississippi River Corridor.

Presiding: CHRIS COLEMAN, Mayor of St. Paul, MN, MRCTI Co-Chair
BELINDA CONSTANT, Mayor of Gretna, LA, MRCTI Co-Chair

Presenting: Frank Klipsch, Mayor, City of Davenport, IA
 

Presenting: Paxton Branch, Mayor, City of Tallulah, LA

Presenting: Ted Sykes, Chief Executive Officer, American Queen Steamboat Company

Presenting: David Simmons, Senior Counsel, Viking River Cruises

Presenting: Jeremy Travis, Operations Manager, Tetra Tech

Presenting: Dru Buntin, Executive Director, Upper Mississippi River Basin Association

 

11:00am – Adjourn