Waterways Council, Inc.
19th Annual Waterways Symposium and Board of Directors Meeting 2022


WCI and The Waterways Journal invite you to join us in the iconic river city, Paducah, KY, as we facilitate conversation and fellowship around our waterways. Uniquely timed this year, the Waterways Symposium bookends into the Seamen's Church Institute Riverbell Awards Luncheon.


Wednesday, December 7 -
Thursday, December 8, 2022

Paducah-McCracken County Convention and Expo Center
415 Park Street
Paducah, KY


Please note that each attendee must register individually.
If you prefer to be invoiced for your registration and/or sponsorship, please select the corresponding button above, and SUBMIT the form. Then, you may sign out of the payment page. You will receive a confirmation email for registering, and we will invoice you. For questions, please email or call Amber McClay at amcclay@waterwayscouncil.org | 202/765-2166.


Elevate the Waterways Symposium
and our community.

Our combined commitment to the inland waterways
and your generosity make a clear path for the future!

Platinum | $5,000

Gold | $3,500

Silver | $2,000

Sponsoring companies' names and logos
will appear throughout promotions and the event.

                  Platinum Sponsors 
Canal Barge Logo
Channel Shipyard Logo
CHS Logo
CGB Entrprises Logo
Crounse Corporation Logo
Ingram Barge Logo
Marathon Marine Transportation Logo
PortPitt Logo-2

                  Gold Sponsors 
Alberici Logo-1
ADM Logo
Bunge Logo
C&B Marine
Cargill Logo
CooperGroup Logo-1
Illinois Corn Growers Association
JF Brennan Logo
Pine Bluff Sand and Gravel Co
Upper River Services Logo-1

                  Silver Sponsors 
American Electric Power Logo
Amherst Madison
GICA logo
Harbor Towing-Star Fleet 50th Anniversary Logo
Heartland Barge
Hines Furlong Line
James Marine-1
McDonough Marine Service
McNational Logo
Parker Towing Logo
Port of Memphis
R&M Summit Logo

SYM22 Photo Frames (4)


Room blocks and rates will close Saturday, November 12.

Holiday Inn Paducah Riverfront - $109/night

Across the Street from Convention Center
600 N Fourth Street, Paducah, KY 42001
To reserve call 270-366-7614 and use Code: WWC. Please note, this hotel is sold out.

Hampton Inn and Suites - $124/night
Overflow Hotel - 5 miles from Convention Center
3901 Coleman Crossing Circle, Paducah, KY 42001
To reserve use this Direct Booking Link or call 270-442-0200 and use Code: CHHWCI.

                  Air Travel 

Nashville International Airport (BNA)
About a 2-hour drive to Convention Center
1 Terminal Drive, Nashville, TN 37214

Barkley Regional Airport (PAH)
About a 20-minute drive to Convention Center

2901 Fisher Road, West Paducah, KY 42068

SYM22 Photo Frames

AGENDA      #SYM22

SYM22 Photo Frames (3)

  Wednesday, December 7                    

7:30 - 8:30 AM | Buffet Breakfast

8:30 - 11:15 AM | Welcome to Paducah The Honorable George Bray, Mayor of Paducah

WCI Annual Membership/Board of Directors Meetings (Open to WCI Members Only)

11:00 AM | Waterways Symposium Registration Opens

11:15 AM | Presentation of the National Rivers Hall of Fame National Achievement Award

11:30 AM - 1:00 PM | Lunch and Keynote Speaker: 2022 Elections Nathan Gonzales, Editor and Publisher, Inside Elections

1:00 - 1:45 PM | Economic Outlook Dr. Arthur B. Laffer, Economist, Former Economic Policy Advisor to President Reagan

1:45 - 2:00 PM | Break 

2:00 - 2:30 PM | Update from United States Army Corps of Engineers' Mississippi Valley Division Jim Bodron, Director, Regional Business Directorate, and Acting Director, Programs Directorate, Mississippi Valley Division

2:30 - 3:15 PM | The Effects of the Russian Invasion of Ukraine on Trade and Shipping 
Cary B. Sifferath, Vice President, U.S. Grains Council

3:15 - 3:30 PM | National Waterways Foundation Update 

3:30 PM | Adjourn

4:30 - 6:30 PM | Opening Reception (1857 Hotel, 210 Kentucky Avenue)

6:30 PM | Dinner (On Your Own)

  Thursday, December 8                    

7:30 - 8:30 AM | Buffet Breakfast

8:30 - 9:15 AM | Energy Outlook Joe Craft, Chairman, President, and CEO, Alliance Resource Partners, L.P.

9:15 - 10:30 AM | Navigation Construction Projects Status Update United States Army Corps of Engineers

    • NESP: Andrew Goodall, P.E., P.M.P., NESP Regional MEGA Program Manager, Rock Island District
    • Kentucky Lock: Adam Walker, P.E., PMP, Chief, Project Delivery Section, Nashville District
    • Upper Ohio Navigation Study: Stephen R. Fritz, P.E., P.M.P., MEGA Projects Program Manager, Pittsburgh District

10:30 AM | Adjourn

11:00 AM | Seamen's Church Institute River Bell Awards Luncheon
(Paducah-McCracken County Convention & Expo Center, separate registration required)


Agenda subject to change.

Headshot - Nathan Gonzales square
Nathan Gonzales
Editor and Publisher
Inside Elections
Dr. Arthur B. Laffer
Former Economic Policy Advisor to President Reagan
Headshot - Jim Bodron-1
Headshot - Cary B. Sifferath
Jim Bodron
Director, Regional Business and Programs
Mississippi Valley District, USACE
Cary B. Sifferath
Vice President
U.S. Grains Council
Headshot - Joe Craft
Headshot - Andrew Goodall
Joe Craft
Chairman, President, and CEO
Alliance Resource Partners

Andrew Goodall, P.E., P.M.P.
NESP Regional Program Manager,
Rock Island District, USACE

Adam Walker, P.E., PMP
Chief, Project Delivery Section
Nashville District, USACE
Stephen R. Fritz, P.E., P.M.P.
MEGA Projects Program Manager,
Pittsburgh District, USACE (invited)