Annual Waterways Symposium

Nov 2, 2021  -  Nov 4, 2021 Live! By Loews - St. Louis

18th annual Waterways Symposium

REGISTER HERE!  Join us November 2-4, 2021 in St. Louis for the preeminent conference on inland waterway transportation issues






Sponsorships available!  Platinum ($5,000) Gold ($3,500) & Silver ($2,000) levels                                          Click here to contact


2021 Agenda (Subject to change)  (all times CST) 


November 2, 2021

  • Buffet Breakfast
    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • National Waterways Foundation Meeting (Trustees and Invited Guests Only)
    • 8:30 AM - 11:30 AM
  • Symposium Registration Opens
    • 11:30 AM - 6:00 PM
  • WCI Annual Meeting & Board of Directors Meeting (open to all WCI Members only)
    • 2:00 PM - 5:00 PM
  • Opening Reception
    • 5:00 PM - 6:30 PM

November 3, 2021

  • Buffet Breakfast
    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Symposium Registration Opens
    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM
  • Opening Remarks by WCI Chairman Matt Ricketts 
    • 8:45 AM - 9:00 AM
  • A Geopolitical Economic Outlook, Rodger Baker, Senior Vice President of Strategic Analysis, RANE Network
    • 9:00 AM - 9:45 AM
  • Inland Waterways Resilience Case Study, Dr. Craig Philip, and Dr. Janey Camp, Vanderbilt University
    • 9:45 AM - 10:15 AM
  • Address by Michael Seyfert, President, National Grain and Feed Association
    • 10:15 AM - 10:45 AM
  • Networking Break
    • 10:45 AM - 11:15 AM
  • (TBD)11:15 AM - 12:00 PM
  • Lunch Address, TBD (moderated by Dustin Davidson, WCI Director of Government Relations) 
    • NOON - 1:30 PM 
  • Remarks by Assistant Secretary of the Army (Civil Works) (TBD)
    • 1:45 PM - 2:45 PM
  • Updates on the Navigation-Ecosystem Sustainability Program, Mississippi River Dredging, and Infrastructure by Edward E. Belk, Jr.,    Programs Manager, U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Mississippi Valley Division    
    • 2:45 PM - 3:00 PM
  • "What's Moving on the Waterways?" agriculture, aggregates, and petroleum commodities panel with Jake Brodbeck, ADM, Kristin Beck, LafargeHolcim and Todd Sandifer, Marathon (invited) 
    • 3:30 PM - 4:30 PM
  • Closing remarks and adjourn, Tracy Zea, WCI President/CEO
    • 4:30 PM - 4:35 PM
  • Reception/dinner, Champions Club, Busch Stadium
    • 6:00 PM - 9:00 PM

November 4, 2021

  • Buffet Breakfast
    • 7:30 AM - 8:30 AM

Questions?  Please contact Medina Moran, 202-765-2166 or


Live! By Loews - St. Louis

Book your room here!               Group rate of $149/night (plus tax) through September 29  


Face-to-face meetings are returning!  With in-person events finally

making a comeback, WCI and The Waterways Journal welcome you to centrally-located St. Louis.  


Join us as we  once again travel and participate in a live event – it’s even underscored in the name of our venue choice: Live! By Loews.



Located in the city’s sports and entertainment mecca, Ballpark Village, across from Busch Stadium, we’ll be in the middle of the newest dining and entertainment venues in downtown St. Louis.  


Opened in March 2020, Live! By Loews is sleek and stylish but with a nod to the rich history of St. Louis and its role in the origins of American baseball. One of the newest properties in the area, it’s already a premier destination for conferences and events (Winner of the 2020 ConventionSouth Readers Choice Award) 


With first-class hospitality and superior amenities, Live! by Loews features 216 brand new guestrooms that maximize natural lighting and stunning cityscape views, with some rooms including walkout balconies.


We’ll be utilizing some of the 17,000 square feet of meeting and event space, including the 5,000 square foot Cardinals ballroom, including views and access to an expansive outdoor rooftop terrace  with green space and bar, perfect for transitioning from business to personal/networking.  



On Wednesday night we'll enjoy dinner at Busch Stadium, just across the street from the hotel.  


And of course we'll have a stellar Symposium agenda addressing timely topics of importance to inland waterway navigation.  So join us at the preeminent conference - the 18th annual Waterways Symposium!

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