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Gordie Howe International Bridge project stalled
Windsor Star (6/23)
Questions are being asked about progress on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, which appears to have come to a halt. But Despite the project’s slow place, the goal remains 2020 for the bridge to open.

Wind towers setting sail in Manitowoc
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter (6/19)
One of the largest industrial products to leave Manitowoc’s harbor in decades, wind tower segments, is slated to set sail in the coming days.

Great Lakes officials release plan to boost maritime trade
The Associated Press (6/15)
The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, an organization representing states and Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes region released a $3.8 billion plan designed to improve their shared maritime transportation system and make cargo shipping more competitive.

Steady shipping season in Twin Ports so far
KDAL - Duluth, MN (6/15)
As we approach three months into the 2016 shipping season in the Twin Ports, in Minnesota, Adele Yorde with the Seaway Port Authority said it got off to a quick start in March.

New Amherst Island ferry could be in service by 2019
The Kingston Whigh-Standard (6/15)
A new ferry to Amherst Island could be in service by early 2019. On a trip over to the island, Ontario Transportation Minister Steven Del Duca said the contract for the new $20 million ferry could be signed in early 2017.

Asian carp in St. Lawrence threatens Quebec's fishing industry
The Montreal Gazette (6/13)
The discovery of a single grass carp, one of four invasive Asian carp in the United States, could spell disaster for other fish, waterfowl and various species in the St. Lawrence River, and the waterways connected to it, as well as Quebec’s fishing 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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