A group that advocates for the Great River Road will hold a national meeting in April in Bettendorf.

The Mississippi River Parkway Commission, made up of representatives of every county that borders the Mississippi River in 10 states, will meet April 23-25 at the Isle of Capri in Bettendorf.

Based in Madison, Wis., the group was established by the federal government in 1938 to oversee the Great River Road, a path of interconnected roads that stretches 3,000 miles from Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico, said John Goodman of Dubuque, chairman of the Iowa delegation.

About 100 people are expected to attend the meeting, said Patsy Ramacitti of Bettendorf, who had been involved with the group for about 20 years and served as its national leader, or “pilot.”

Ramacitti said the meeting will be a work session where the leadership of the organization will discuss how to promote use of the Great River Road through tourism and business development.

The group previously held a national meeting in Bettendorf in 2008, marking the 70th anniversary of the Great River Road.

The group’s three-year strategic plan, adopted last spring, includes using modern technology to promote the Great River Road by getting tourism sites along the route listed on Google Places, developing a mobile site and creating videos for YouTube telling the oral history of the route.

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