Great River Road


MRPC Annual Meeting – September 17-19

The 2014 MRPC Annual Meeting will take place in Memphis on September 17-19. Memphis is a city with great food and a fascinating history. Jazz, blues, rock ‘n’ roll and country music all trace their roots to this Mississippi River town. 


Register now  â€“ Early bird deadline is September 3

Before September 3
Delegate Early Bird          $195
Spouse Early Bird            $145
After September 3
Delegate Regular              $220
Spouse Regular                $170

Don’t miss this chance to meet in one of the most storied cities in America. Register now!


Hotel Reservations - Deadline: August 27


Springhill Suites, located in downtown Memphis (same location as 2009 meeting)
The room rate is $125 per night and includes breakfast.
Make your reservation by calling 800-593-6415 or 901-522-2100


Tentative Agenda (the following speakers have been invited)

Wednesday, 9/17  

4:00pm Board of Directors Meeting


Thursday, 9/18  

Morning Session

Introductions and Welcome
Lee Hinson (MRCT Chairman), John Sheahan (MRPC-TN),
Mark McAdoo (TDOT) and Diana Threadgill (President-MRCT)
Regena Bearden             
VP Marketing (Tourism)
Memphis Convention & Visitors Bureau
(Kevin Kane – President to Welcome)
Ted Townsend            
Assistant Commissioner ECD (Economics)

Dr. Kendrick Curtis         
Director – Community & Rural Development – TN ECD
Chris Masingill                 
Federal Co-Chairman (DRA)
Delta Regional Authority
Randy Richardson          
Executive Director (Port)
Memphis & Shelby County Port Authority

Welcome – Mark Luttrell
Shelby County Mayor
Keynote Speaker:
Senator Mark Norris         
State Senate Majority Leader (Government)
Afternoon Session

Colonel Jeffrey Anderson
District Commander
U.S. Corps of Engineers (Corps)
Ed Lambert                     
Environment Director
Ted Sykes                           
President – American Queen Steamboat Company

Deborah Flautt                    
Support Manager (Cruises)
Patrick Brennan                
Manager of Sustainability (Shipping)
Ingram Barge Company
Willie Bearden                    
Documentary Filmmaker & Historian (The Delta)
Jimmy Ogle                         
Community Development Manager (History)
Memphis Riverfront Development Corp. – Historian
Paul Young                          
Director, Sustainable Shelby (Greenline)

Tara Wohlgemuth             
Mid-South Greenways
Charles McVean & Greg Maxted
Harahan Bridge (Trails)
Project and Big River Strategic Initiative

Reception and Dinner – River Terrace, Mud Island River Park


Friday, 9/19

Morning Session

Technical Committee Sessions

  • Transportation
  • Marketing
  • Culture and Heritage
  • Environment, Recreation, Agriculture

Tom Fulgham – Ducks Unlimited 
Chief Communications (Bass Pro)
Office – Exhibits & Bass Pro – Memphis Pyramid
Mary Nita Bondurant – Discovery Park of America (Museum)
Director of Marketing – Union City, TN
Diana Threadgill                 
Mississippi River Corridor – TN (Great River Road)
President – project update – NSB

Keynote Speaker – Mayor A.C. Wharton
Memphis City Government
Co-Chair / Cities & Towns Initiative
Afternoon Session
Board Shuttle Buses for Tours: 

  • National Civil Rights Museum
  • National Ornamental Metal Museum (Culture)

Pilot's Banquet 


701 E. Washington Ave. Suite 202
Madison, WI 53703
Phone: 866-763-8310
Fax: 608-242-8896