Guttenberg woman named to Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission
Gov. Terry Branstad has named Lori Wallace to the Iowa Mississippi River Parkway Commission, the national advocacy group for the Great River Road, a National Scenic Byway. She will represent Clayton County, and attend state and national convenings with other commissioners from the ten Mississippi River states.
Wallace brings direct experience serving byway travelers to the 10-member Iowa group, as owner of River Park Place in Guttenberg. Wallace said, “We all assume the Mississippi River and Great River Road are just there. But sometimes we need to pay attention to what we are contributing. People come from all over the world to see our river. We should be proud! I hope to enhance the beauty of the surrounding area. I hope to share your thoughts with others to maintain this ‘Wonder of the World.’ ”
She will take the place of M.J. Smith of Guttenberg, who has served in the same volunteer capacity for 25 years. Smith was named to replace the late Charles Millham in 1988. Since then, she has advocated for the byway traveler through improved maps and signage, national and international marketing campaigns, hosting stakeholder meetings, facilitating partnerships such as the Audubon Society and helping to bring over $12M in National Scenic Byway grants to Iowa, including four in Clayton County. Those projects in Guttenberg include the restored north overlook, the Big Springs pull-off site, and the Guttenberg Marina.
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