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What's New
COMMENTARY: Nature preserves a good place to see refund dollars grow
The Toledo Blade (2/24)
Taxpayers in Ohio and Michigan have the opportunity each year to send a little fuel directly down the conservation pipeline.

DNR taps Douglas boat builder for new Lake Huron fisheries vessel
MLive (2/23)
An Allegan County, Mich., boat maker has landed a $1.3 million contract to build a new vessel for state fisheries research on Lake Huron.

River-community study on hold after USDA pitches competing proposal
Watertown Daily Times (2/20)
Cape Vincent, N.Y., decided to hold off on investing in a consultant-led economic development study because a similar study may be done for free by the U.S. Department of Agriculture.

Draft report moves Thousand Islands communities closer to scenic-area designation
Watertown Daily Times (2/18)
Municipalities in New York's Thousand Islands region, determined to protect waterfront landscapes from unwanted tall structures such as wind turbines and exhaust stacks, have received a draft report that’s needed to designate the area as a Scenic Area of Statewide Significance.

COMMENTARY: Buffalo’s economy is going blue, to the benefit of all
The Buffalo News (2/13)
Buffalo is a water town, but our freshwater resources haven’t always been treated with future generations in mind.

Refinery operators say pipelines essential in Michigan
The Associated Press (2/11)
The company that operates Michigan's only oil refinery says pipelines are needed to bring crude oil to the facility and transport its finished products, such as gasoline and diesel fuel.

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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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