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GLIN August Site of the Month
(8/3)
The GLIN August Site of the Month is The Great Lakes Seaway Partnership, which brings together leading U.S. and Canadian maritime organizations working to enhance public understanding of the benefits of commercial shipping in the Great Lakes Seaway region.

Experts keep tabs on Lake Michigan salmon population
Grand Haven Tribune (7/31)
As salmon fishing is very popular around the Great Lakes, experts are constantly keeping an eye on how the Chinook salmon population is doing ó especially in the wake of the Lake Huron salmon population crash of the 1990s and 2000s.

COMMENTARY: Chatham-Kentís amazing fishing economy sometimes overlooked
The Chatam Daily News (7/30)
The economic impacts of Lake Erieís commercial fishing sector are significant, so the next time you are looking for something local to eat, remember that fish is food. Enjoy the many fish products right from our local lakes.

The cities leading a US manufacturing revival
Forbes (7/23)
No part of America suffered more from the de-industrialization of the past 40 years than the Great Lakes states. Yet as manufacturing has come back, particularly the auto industry, many of the regionís economies have begun to resurge.

Urgent push to fund impact study of Soo Locks
WTOM-TV - Traverse City, MI (7/17)
Concerns regarding the aging Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., and the locks' critical link to the shipping industry has lawmakers pushing for federal money to get a lock replacement project on the fast track.

Straits of Mackinac oil pipeline task force report coming Tuesday
MLive (7/13)
A state task force report on the status of a controversial oil pipeline under the Straits of Mackinac is due out this week. The Michigan Attorney General's office has announced the Michigan Petroleum Pipeline Task Force report will be released on Tuesday morning, July 14.

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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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