Last month in Marker Lights, we outlined the MRPS proposal to the Railroad Passenger Car Alliance to host their annual conference in 2022. The Conference Coordinator of the RPCA, Charles Barthold, came to Cleveland in early May to check out the hotels that were recommended and also see what the city has to offer the attendees.
Executive Director Steve Korpos acted as tour guide, taking Mr. Barthold around town so he could evaluate sites and activities that were included in our proposal. They discussed which activities would be preferred by the group and possibilities for seminars and classes that would be held at the hotel during the conference. He also had the opportunity to tour the Historic B&O Roundhouse and yard to get a better idea of what Midwest is all about.
Before leaving, we were informed that we have an excellent chance to be chosen as host, but the final decision wouldn't be made until the RPCA annual meeting in July. Until then, there is plenty of work to do to solidify the proposal that we will present to their Board at that time.