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