Mississippi River Bridge

U.S. Army ERDC River City Communications Summit

The River City Communications Summit, hosted by the U.S. Army Engineer Research and Development Center, will be held on Wednesday, October 18, and bring together the best-of-the-best in the communications community to learn more effective communication strategies and tactics. Sessions will focus on branding, crisis communication, and more!

Why You Should Participate

Attendees will have the opportunity to network with professionals across the Southeast region, strengthen communication skills, and connect with U.S. Army Corps of Engineers communications personnel. Speakers will include Rob Bridges (Mad Genius Chief Executive Officer), Malary White (Director of External Affairs for Mississippi Emergency Management Agency), and Lt. Col. Deidre Smith (Director of Public Affairs for the Mississippi National Guard).


ERDCWERX, 1622 Washington Street (Suite 300), Vicksburg, Mississippi

Tentative Agenda

Wednesday, October 18 (All times in CDT)

8:30 am to 9:00 amCoffee/Refreshments and Registration
9:00 am to 9:15 amWelcome (ERDC & ERDCWERX)
9:15 am to 10:15 amDelivering the Unexpected (Mad Genius)
10:15 am to 10:30 amBreak
10:30 am to 11:15 amBreakout Sessions on Brand Story
11:15 am to 12:30 pmLunch on your own
12:30 pm to 1:30 pmCommunication Best Practices (Mississippi National Guard)
1:30 pm to 1:45 pmBreak
1:45 pm to 2:45 pmCrisis Communication (Mississippi Emergency Management Agency)
2:45 pm to 3:00 pmBreak
3:00 pm to 3:30 pmCrisis Communication Panel Discussion
3:30 pm to 4:00 pmThe Benefits of PRAM
4:30 pm to 6:30 pmAfter Hours Networking at The Inn at Cedar Grove

After Hours Networking

Join us for an evening of networking at The Inn at Cedar Grove from 4:30 to 6:30 pm. Details will be available upon registration.

Travel Accommodations


Jackson-Medgar Wiley Evers International Airport


View area lodging

How to Participate

Register here to attend.

Questions: For event-related questions, contact Annette Kirklin at  [email protected].

Interested parties must register no later than 12:00 pm CST on Tuesday, October 17, 2023.

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