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Chippewa, EPA set meeting on Gogebic mine
The Associated Press (7/18)
The six tribes of Wisconsin's Chippewa Federation will meet with federal environmental officials next month to outline their objections to Gogebic Taconite's mining plans in the Lake Superior region.

Bay Ship receives contract to build two tugs, barges
Green Bay Press Gazette (7/18)
Bay Shipbuilding Co. announced Friday that it has been awarded a contract to build two 155,000-barrel capacity barges and two 6,000-horsepower tugs at its Sturgeon Bay shipyard for Kirby Corp.

Ferry owner backs Detroit River bridge that may sink his job
The Detroit News (7/15)
On the Detroit River, Gregg Ward operates a little ferry and he advocates for a government-built second bridge, one that would, “provide redundancy and resiliency to the most important international border crossing we have.”

COMMENTARY: NYPA must fulfill promises
Watertown Daily Times (7/10)
The St. Lawrence County Local Government Task Force is seeking restructuring of a settlement agreement entered into with NYPA to put in place real measures for economic change and development in the communities that host the St. Lawrence-FDR power project.

Belle Isle boosts state recreation passport purchases in Detroit
Crain's Detroit Business (7/9)
The number of state recreation passports purchased in Detroit has been on the rise since February, when Belle Isle became a state park and visitors were given one year before the special passport would be needed to enter the island.

Webster studies using lake to fuel industry
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (7/1)
In its deepest reaches, Lake Ontario remained around a nippy 40 degrees despite temperatures more than twice as high above the surface on Monday. Business interests have pondered whether it's possible — or affordable — to tap the deep, consistently cold water as a cost-effective, energy-efficient means of cooling equipment and facilities for industry.

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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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