Saturday, November 18, 2017
Mayor George Flaggs, Jr. joined more than 60 other Mississippi River Mayors who have united to form the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, a coalition that represents all 10 states bordering the river. In their policy platform, the mayors outlined the need to address everything from river navigation to environmental issues, the creation of a National Drought Council to funding the existing Pre-Disaster Mitigation program. The group wants federal resources to focus on improving the locks and dams, improving water quality and fighting the aquatic invasive species that threaten the river.

As part of the visit Mayor Flaggs presided over a welcome dinner with the US Army Corps of Engineers which included Brigadier General Peter "Duke" DeLuca.

Mayor Flaggs said he hopes Congress will also invest more in dredging along the Mississippi River, which he said is subject to unexpected flooding. "Dredging is so important," Flaggs said. "When you flood in Vicksburg, you have a lot of water."
Flaggs said the two days of meetings gave mayors a chance to talk about dredging and other concerns.

In all, thirteen mayors participated in the meeting and briefing: Mayor A.C. Wharton, Memphis – TN, Host (Co-Chair); Mayor Roy Buol – Dubuque, IA (Co-Chair); Mayor Donnie Brown – New Madrid, MO; Mayor Larry Brown – Natchez, MS; Mayor John Cox III – Greenville, MS; Mayor George Flaggs – Vicksburg, MS; Mayor Dickie Kennemore – Osceola, AR; Mayor David Kleis – St. Cloud, MN; Mayor David Lattus – Hickman, KY; Mayor Harry Rediger – Cape Girardeau, MO; Mayor James Spann – Hartford, IL; Mayor Tom Thompson, Grafton, IL; and Mayor Brant Walker – Alton, IL.

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