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Overhead shot of the Great River Road in fall
MRPC Annual Meeting | September 20-22, 2023 | Alton, IL
Photo: Great Rivers & Routes Tourism Bureau

Join us for the MRPC Annual Meeting in Illinois this fall!

September 20-22, 2023
Alton, IL

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The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is excited to welcome you to hear “Success Stories Along the Great River Road” at our Annual Meeting, which will be held September 20-22, 2023, in Alton, Illinois.

Learn from business owners, organizational leaders, and ardent supporters of the Great River Road as they share their success stories, from finding funding and resources for projects to building, goal setting, and visioning. You’ll hear from EDCs and businesses that have a successful track record of receiving grant funding and turning their product-based businesses into attractions—stay tuned for speaker announcements throughout the summer.

Meeting registration:

Register for the meeting here

  • Early-bird registration (before 9/5): $200
  • Early-bird registration (spouse/guest): $130
  • Early-bird registration (one-day): $125
  • Regular registration (after 9/5): $225
  • Regular registration (spouse/guest): $155
  • Regular registration (one-day): $150
  • Meeting registration includes:
    • Welcome reception (Wednesday night)
    • All general sessions and materials
    • Lunch and dinner on Thursday (breakfast is included in the host hotel rate)

Lodging Information

Lodging is available at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel Collinsville. Click here to start booking reservations at the group rate.

You can also call the Hilton Central Reservation line at (800) 774-1500. Be sure to reference “Mississippi River Parkway Commission” or group code “MRP”.

Room rate is $119/night for one or two beds and includes breakfast.

The hotel cutoff date is September 1.

Meeting Schedule

Wednesday, September 20
  • 3-5pm: Board Meeting (including a follow-up on strategic planning, review of annual goals, and committee overviews)
  • 6-8pm: Opening Night at the National Great Rivers Museum (view the invite)

    The National Great Rivers Museum is a congressionally funded facility and the product of a collaboration between the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers and Meeting of the Rivers Foundation. Together the two organizations have created a 12,000-square-foot facility equipped with interactive exhibits, a theater, and an entire outdoor landscape. The museum is the heart of the Rivers Project, operated by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers’ St. Louis District, which manages 300 miles of the Mississippi River including four locks and dams, from Cairo, Illinois, to Saverton, Missouri. Located at the foot of the Melvin Price Locks and Dam in Alton, it offers an exceptional view of the river.

    The location is significant in that it resides between two confluence points of the river. Upstream of the structure, the Illinois River flows into the Mississippi and just downstream, the Missouri flows in. Melvin Price is one of the largest and most technologically advanced locks and dam systems on the river today. It spans 1,160 feet and is composed of nine tainer gates, which make up the dam and two locks. The main lock, used almost exclusively for commerce, accommodates 15 barge tows and reaches 1,200 feet in length. The auxiliary lock stretches 600 feet and mainly serves recreational vessels such as riverboat cruises and personal watercraft.

Thursday, September 21
  • 8am-5pm: General Sessions, lunch, and technical committee meetings

    Meeting theme: Success Stories Along the Mississippi River

    Topics: State Pollinator Playbook, Review of National Scenic Byway Funding for the Great River Road, Electric Vehicle Infrastructure, Mississippi River Trail – A U.S. Bike Trail, International Marketing along the Great River Road, Building a Regional Outdoor Economy

  • 6-9pm: Reception, dinner, awards recognition, and guest speaker
Friday, September 22
  • 8am-noon: General Session

Airport Information

St. Louis Lambert International Airport (STL) is approximately 25 minutes from Alton as well as the DoubleTree Hilton Hotel Collinsville. See transportation information here.

Stay tuned for detailed agenda updates throughout the summer.Register Now

About the Great River Road

Created in 1938 and stretching for 3,000 miles through and beside 10 states, the Great River Road National Scenic Byway is the longest such designated roadway and one of the oldest. The Mississippi River Parkway Commission is a nonprofit organization founded to preserve and improve the natural resources, cultural heritage, economic viability, scenic quality, recreational amenities and other features significant to the Mississippi River Valley. For more information visit experiencemississippiriver.com.