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Information from a news release submitted to the City of Cape Girardeau Public Information Office
Mayor Harry Rediger of Cape Girardeau, Mo., along with fellow Mississippi River Mayors and the Delta Regional Authority (DRA), will hold a press briefing on Oct. 17 at Mud Island River Park in Memphis, Tenn. to announce important developments in their work to make the Mississippi River more sustainable.
Briefing topics will include previewing early results of economic impact report for the lower Mississippi River as well as coordination with the U.S. Maritime Administration to facilitate a container-on-barge shipping program, which will help add to the River region’s economic health and competitiveness.
Mayor Rediger is a member of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI), a mayoral-led effort comprised of 59 River Mayors committed to creating a coordinated voice for the
Mississippi River. The River Mayors are participating in the Mississippi River Economy Summit (Oct 16-17) hosted by MRCTI, DRA and the City of Memphis. Also attending and making a presentation to the group is Dan Overbey, Director of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority.
Additional mayors and dignitaries participating in the press briefing include:
- A.C. Wharton, Memphis, Tenn.
- Roy Buol, Dubuque, Iowa
- Donnie Brown, New Madrid, Mo.
- Larry Brown, Natchez, Miss.
- John Cox III – Greenville, Miss.
- George Flaggs – Vicksburg, Miss.
- Dickie Kennemore – Osceola, Ark.
- David Kleis, SI. Cloud, Minn.
- David Lattus, Hickman, Ky.
- Jo Anne Smiley, Clarksville, Mo.
- James Spann – Hartford, Ill.
- Tom Thompson, Grafton, Ill.
- Brant Walker – Alton, Ill.
- Christopher Masingill, DRA Federal Co-Chair
- Congressman Stephen Fincher, 8th District of Tennessee
- Dan Overbey, Director of the Southeast Missouri Regional Port Authority
Organized by the Northeast-Midwest Institute and funded by the Walton Foundation, MRCTI is an effort to bring national attention back to the Mississippi River – America’s most critical natural asset – and spearhead a new level of regional cooperation to make it more sustainable. As the ecological linchpin to the 37-state Mississippi River Basin, the River is responsible for creating $105 billion worth of U.S. Gross Domestic Product, providing drinking water for more than 18 million, transporting 62 percent of our nation’s agricultural output, delivering nearly 400 tons of coal and petroleum products, and more.
The Delta Regional Authority is a congressionally-mandated, federal-state partnership helping create jobs, build communities, and improve lives in the 252 counties and parishes of the Delta. Through its States’ Economic Development Assistance Program, the Authority has invested more than $7.6 million into the ports and communities along the Mississippi River, creating or retaining nearly 5,500 jobs and leveraging more than $80 million in other public and private investment.