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Registration is now open for the 2020 Semi-Annual Meeting!

Registration is now open for the MRPC 2020 Semi-Annual Meeting, which will be held April 21-23 in Baton Rouge, Louisiana.

Register online here. A printable registration form can be found here.

Early-bird pricing for delegates and spouses/guests runs through March 31. Register now to take advantage of this special pricing.

The meeting will offer a chance to explore some of the area’s great attractions, including Houmas House, the new Great River Road Interpretive Center and historic downtown Baton Rouge. See the draft agenda here.

Hotel Reservations are available in the neighboring city of Port Allen at TownPlace Suites ($89/night, (225) 387-5100) or La Quinta Port Allen ($87/night, (225) 960-7787). Be sure to mention Mississippi River Parkway Commission when making your reservation.


Drive the Great River Road Month toolkit updated

Visit the Forms & Resources page to find the updated toolkit for Drive the Great River Road Month, which will be celebrated all September long. (Scroll down to see links to download the materials, which are in Word and PDF formats.)

You’ll find sample social media posts, templates for press releases you can send to local news outlets and more. Thank you for helping us spread the word about Drive the Great River Road Month!

Registration now open for 2018 Annual Meeting

Registration is now open for the 2018 MRPC Annual Meeting, which will take place from October 23-25 in West Memphis, Arkansas. Register online now to receive the special early-bird rate—early-bird registration ends October 5.

Click here to print the registration form.

Hotel reservations

A special guestroom rate of $89/night is available now for the conference hotel, Comfort Suites in West Memphis. To reserve your room, call the hotel at 870-733-9900. Make sure to mention the Mississippi River Parkway Commission group rate.


To see the agenda for the meeting, click here.

Flavors of the Great River Road promotional materials

Our Flavors of the Great River Road promotion launches June 4, and we’d love your help to spread the word!

If your state’s Interpretive Centers are interested in receiving free promotional cards featuring the contest, please send them this link: This is at no cost to your state’s Interpretive Centers.

A full promotional overview including logos, sample social media posts, itineraries and more is also available on the Forms & Resources page. We will continue to update the Forms & Resources page with more promotional materials as they are available.

If your state’s Interpretive Centers are interested in further ways to promote the campaign, please consider the following:

  • Front desk distribution of the contest promotional cards
  • Incorporating your state’s featured ingredients/dishes into their educational programming
  • Share the promotion through their social media channels

See the Great River Road in the New York Times!

Earlier this month, the New York Times published a fantastic piece about traveling the Great River Road.

Writer Peter Kujawinski’s article, “Along the Mississippi,” tells the story of his family’s road trip along the Great River Road from Illinois to Mississippi. He shares stories about visiting several interpretive centers along the route and even highlights the MRPC’s 10-state Great River Road map as a great resource.

To read the full story, click here.