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What's New
In Duluth, Amsterdam-based company seeks international shipping ties
St. Paul Pioneer Press (10/17)
The Duluth Seaway Port Authority is developing a relationship with the Spliethoff Group, a Dutch ship management company that has sailed its ships into the port authority's Clure Public Marine Terminal twice already this shipping season.

City Council to adopt Lake Michigan Gateway implementation strategy
LaPorte Country Life (10/16)
The Michigan City Common Council is expected to pass a resolution at their October 21 meeting supporting the Lake Michigan Gateway Implementation Strategy as the blueprint to move Michigan City, Ind., forward.

Steel shipments up by 47 percent through September at the Port of Milwaukee
Fox 6-TV - Milwaukee, WI (10/16)
Steel shipments are up at the Port of Milwaukee by 47 percent through September.

Bowmanville plant looks into mining below Lake Ontario
Northumberland News (10/10)
Itís still in the works but St. Marys Cement Inc. has plans to head below a stretch of Lake Ontario to meet some of its mining needs.

Enbridge Line 9B pipeline delayed by NEB over major water body concerns
CBC News (10/9)
Energy company Enbridge will have to take more safety measures to protect major waterways before it gets permission to start up its Line 9B oil pipeline.

Michigan aquaculture, an infant industry, attracts powerful opposition
Circle of Blue (10/10)
Despite a strict permit, the Sierra Club and Anglers of the Au Sable say they are still uncomfortable with expanding a fish farm in one of the most pristine rivers of Michigan.

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Overview
The binational Great Lakes region is North America's industrial heartland, and also supports a multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation and tourism industry, a strong maritime transportation system, and a diverse and extensive agricultural base. The primary economic activities in the region today are agriculture, industrial manufacturing, steel production, shipping, commercial and sport fisheries, and recreation and tourism.

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General Resources
A Changing Great Lakes Economy: Economic and Environmental Linkages
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Great Lakes Commission
This paper, prepared for the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference 1994, presents the economic and environmental linkages of the Great Lakes.

Advancing North America's High Performance Heartland
Council of Great Lakes Governors
Outlines how the council's projects relate to high performance.

Assessing the Midwest Economy
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
This comprehensive study is a compilation of more than two dozen papers focusing on various subjects, including industry trends, the agricultural and urban sectors, global markets, taxes and regulation, the labor force, and education and technology.

MichEEN: the Michigan Energy Efficiency Network
The Michigan Energy Efficiency Network is a tool for sharing and creating the strategies needed to solve 21st century energy challenges.

North America's High Performance Heartland
Council of Great Lakes Governors
This report, released in May 1994, articulates the governors' belief that a high-performance economy is the pathway to strong world-class businesses and a sustainable environment.

Northeast-Midwest State Economic Profiles
Northeast-Midwest Institute
The site provides a one-stop source for current, unique economic and demographic data on the Midwest.

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
U.S. SLSDC and Canadian SLSMC
This joint, binational site of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation offers comprehensive data on water levels and wind speeds; shipping and navigation regulations and official forms; and links to every organization, port and government agency involved with the Great Lakes Seaway System.

The Vital Center: A Federal-State Compact to Renew the Great Lakes Region
The Brookings Institution
Released in October 2006, this report examines the economic challenges facing the Great Lakes region, and calls for a new federal-state compact to help the region reassert its global economic leadership.

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Publications
Chicago Fed Letter
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
A monthly newsletter featuring an essay on economic policy issues of regional or national interest, including a regional economic index.

Economic Perspectives
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
A bimonthly journal of in-depth articles largely reporting on the bank's economic research in the financial, business, agricultural and international sectors.

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