MEMPHIS, Tenn. (localmemphis.com) – More than two dozen mayors from the length of the Mississippi River are in Memphis this week for their annual meeting.
The mayors are part of the Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative, a mayoral-led effort to create a voice for the Mississippi River.
Wednesday, the mayors announced a new partnership with Rotary International to link rotary clubs to city halls to work on water infrastructure.
Former United Nations Ambassador and friend of Dr. Martin Luther King, Andrew Young, is the reason behind the partnership.
“We’re trying to think about things in new ways, and we’re trying to transform this nation politically, emotionally, and morally, and these mayors and Rotarians are really at the heart of making America truly great,” said Young.
40% of our U.S. trade comes down the Mississippi River. The river is also a valuable resource for fresh water.