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What's New
S.S. Badger's $2 million coal ash retention system to be ready for 2015 season
MLive (10/31)
The S.S. Badger's 2014 sailing season recently ended, and the ferry's owner is preparing for 2015 with a system designed to keep the coal ash from ending up in Lake Michigan.

Paying more to see Sleeping Bear Dunes: Feds gauge public support for fee hike
MLive (10/31)
The National Parks Service is gauging public support for a proposed increase to entrance and camping fees at Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore in Empire, Mich., beginning in January 2016 to invest in improvements.

Seaway strike deadline pushed back
The Buffalo News (10/31)
Unionized workers threatening to strike along the St. Lawrence Seaway have pushed back their deadline to 5 p.m. Monday, as talks continue.

EDITORIAL: Cheaper fishing licenses are smart lure
Erie Times-News (10/31)
Steelhead fishing, which is at its height in October and November, pumps about $10 million into the Erie County, Pa., economy. Discounted fishing license fees are a good idea for the region.

TransCanada formally applies to NEB for Energy East pipeline approval
CBC News (10/30)
TransCanada has officially filed for government approval for the $12 billion Energy East pipeline project with the National Energy Board.

Michigan oil and gas association works to improve economic and environmental stability
MLive (10/29)
President and CEO of Michigan Oil and Gas Association speaks about the impact of oil and natural gas on Michigan's economy and the ever-controversial topic of hydraulic fracturing.

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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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