Ramsey Mayor Sarah Strommen Elected to Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative’s New Executive Committee

The Mayors of the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative (MRCTI) elected new Co-Chairs and a new Executive Committee at their sixth annual organizational meeting in St. Louis, Missouri, on September 14, 2017. 

Mayor Frank Klipsch of Davenport, IA and Mayor Lionel Johnson of St. Gabriel, LA were elected as the organization’s new Co-Chairs.  The member mayors also selected a new Executive Committee.  Ramsey’s Mayor, Sarah Strommen was among the newly elected Executive Committee members, along with Tim Kabat of La Crosse, WI; Robert Gallagher of Bettendorf, IA; Emeka Jackson-Hicks of East St. Louis, IL; Lyda Krewson of St. Louis, MO; Jay Hollowell of Helena-West Helena, AR; Jim Strickland of Memphis, TN; Darryll Grennell of Natchez, MS; and Sheron Weston Broome of Baton Rouge, LA.

Since 2012, the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative has brought together mayors across the ten-state corridor, with the common goal of promoting economic and environmental security along the Mississippi River Corridor.  They focus on projects such as river water quality and habitat restoration, water conservation measures, and the celebration of the River culture and history.  As stated on the MRCTI website, “Ultimately, MRCTI’s work helps protect and restore the Mississippi River as a natural system that can support human culture and economics, as well as the River’s unique ecosystem and wildlife.”

Mayor Strommen will serve as a member of the MRCTI Executive Committee over the next two years, representing the City of Ramsey and the State of Minnesota.  “I am excited for the opportunity to bring the voice of the headwaters state to MRCTI and work collaboratively with my fellow Mayors to highlight one of our Nation’s greatest resources,” Mayor Strommen stated.  Mayor Strommen’s leadership in this organization will also help the City identify state and federal resources that can assist in preserving its natural resources, providing quality recreational opportunities, and in becoming an outdoor recreation destination.

For more information on the Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative, visit www.mrcti.org.