ST. LOUIS -- St. Cloud Mayor Dave Kleis will play an important role in a newly created Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative.

It's a group of 41 communities along the Mississippi River who are dedicated to making the river sustainable.

Kleis says he has been picked to co-chair the committee.  He will meeting in Washington D.C. in the spring to work out an agenda.  He's also has invited all of the mayors to St. Cloud next summer for their annual meeting.  Kleis says, however, it's still questionable whether the meeting wil be held here.

Kleis was in St. Louis this week for the first meeting of the group.