for America's River began as early as 1992 with national scholars
and designers. Extensive long range planning and numerous feasibility
studies all pointed to a grand vision. The Mississippi River Discovery
Center, the Mississippi River National Education and Conference
Center, the Riverwalk and Amenities, and the Riverfront Hotel and
Indoor Waterpark will help create a new national identity for Iowa.
new 90 acre campus will be THE place for people across the country
and around the globe to learn about and experience the Mississippi
River. This will be the only place on the entire 2,400-mile stretch
of the Mississippi River that captures the historical, environmental,
educational and recreational majesty of the Mississippi River. America's
River will be a national center with partnerships and support from
twelve federal agencies.
River creates over 1,000 new jobs that pay a living wage. It puts
the state on the map as an international destination by building
on global treasure - the Mississippi River - and creates a magnet
for a young and diverse population. At its heart, the America's
River Project is all about Iowa and our traditional values of strong
education and conservation or preeminent natural resources."
America's River Vision Iowa Project Overview
Director, Mississippi River Museum
Mississippi River Museum
President, Platinum Holdings, L.L.C.
Mayor of Dubuque
President, C.E.O., Dubuque Area Chamber of Commerce
Director, Greater Dubuque Development Corp.
the amount of people who contributed to the success of the America's
River Project are far too numerous to count, to the left are six
of the key figures in the planning, promoting, and politicking that
it takes to bring a project like this together. The hours put in
by these individuals and their collective staffs and volunteers
are the reason we look forward to the promise of riverfront revitalization.
The effect of their shared passion and energy for our community
will continue to define Dubuque for generations to come.
less notable is Dubuque City Manager Mike Van Milligen and his entire
staff of planners, engineers, public information personnel, and
others who put in an equally great effort and continue to do so
in an effort to make the America's River Project the greatest economic
and tourist development project in the Midwest.
we must point out the tremendous visionary wisdom of the Vision
Iowa Board who saw the potential of America's River, but also rewarded
the organization and careful research and preparation that the Dubuque
community put into their Vision Iowa submission.
America's River Video -
order to sum up the grand scope of the America's River Project
to the members of the Vision Iowa Board (a group of statewide
civic leaders given the task of distributing millions of community
and economic development funds across the state), the organizers
of the America's River movement saw the need for a capsulating
video to properly demonstrate the energy and vitality of the
concept. Professional videographer and Dubuque365.com President
Bryce Parks donated his time to crate this audiovisual collage
of the many pieces and faces behind the America's River Project.
The video proved valuable as a visioning tool that led the
Vision Iowa Board to give the first grant, a $40 million dollar
award, to the Dubuque project. Watch the video in the player
to the right.
At nearly 16 minutes in length, this is a huge video (12 Megabytes
to be precise). Cable modems, DSL or T-1 should begin playing
the video almost immediately with a total download time of 1-3
minutes, however, dial-up users...well, you may want to catch
the show on City Cable Channel 8, or get a snack. This could
take a while.
Sights and Sounds of Progress - 365 Photo
While the machines
dig holes, the trucks haul dirt, and the men lay the foundations
for the next generation of tourism in Iowa, Dubuque365 is there
to document to progress in pictures. We're going to shut up and
let the picture do the talking. Come back often to follow the progress
on every phase of the America' River undertaking. Click any inage
to begin your photo tour...