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MRPC Semi-Annual Meeting April 19-21 in Paducah, KY

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The 2017 MRPC Semi-Annual Meeting will be held April 19-21 in Paducah KY, a UNESCO Creative City. We have a full agenda planned, as well as time set aside to explore this beautiful segment of the Mississippi corridor.

Take advantage of early bird pricing by registering before April 4. After that date, prices increase by $30.

  • Early Bird Delegate ($150)
  • Early Bird Spouse/Guest ($100)

A working agenda for the Semi-Annual Meeting is available online. It includes a mobile workshop on Thursday and a Friday General Session that focuses on the challenges and successes of commercial fisheries, the Kentucky Trail Town Program and more.

Download the agenda here.

Hotel reservations

A special room rate is still available at the conference hotel, the La Quinta Inn & Suites of Paducah. To reserve a room, call 270-443-4800. The room rate is $99/night including hot breakfast, free WiFi and free parking. Make your reservations today!

2017 Annual meeting hotel details

The 2017 Annual Meeting will be held in Marquette, Iowa from Sept. 19-21. Our conference hotel will be the Cobblestone Inn, Marquette. A special $90.99 MRPC room rate is available now. Call 563-873-8900 to make your reservation today!

Birding promotion

Later this month, the Mississippi River Parkway Commission will launch its 2017 Birding Bonanza Giveaway, an annual spring push to promote birdwatching along the Mississippi River and the Great River Road. To help get the word out about our promotion (and birding in general), we have posted a Birding Bonanza toolkit to our MRPC members site that includes logos for the promotion, a fact sheet and more. Download it today!

Upcoming committee meetings

The Transportation, Marketing and Culture & Heritage committees have conference calls scheduled. To join the meeting, call 888-861-1255. The participant pin is 879564#.

Here is the schedule of calls:

Transportation committee conference call
Thursday, March 9, 2017 at 10:00am CST

Marketing committee conference call
Friday, March 10, 2017 at 10:00am CST

Culture & Heritage committee conference call
Thursday, March 16, 2017 at 9:00am CST

2016 Annual report

2016 was another strong year for our promotional efforts and the success is detailed in the MRPC 2016 Annual Report.

Here are a few highlights:

  • The website continues to see strong growth in audience. The site received 481,542 page views in 2016, a 15 percent increase over 2015.
  • We more than doubled our Facebook fan numbers in 2016, thanks to a successful Facebook advertising campaign and three successful promotions.
  • Our 2016 promotions received more than 3,000 combined entries, adding more than 7,500 fans to our Facebook page and 4,500 people to our e-newsletter list.

See the full report here.

Garland Hayes

MRPC Honorary Member Garland Hayes passed away Feb. 9. A retired businessman with a personality as big as Arkansas, Garland devoted more than 50 years of his life to service. He contributed to many local and national causes, including the MRPC, where he served a number of important roles, including State Chairman and National Treasurer. Garland was a true friend and contributor to the MRPC and he will be missed.

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