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What's New
Public hearing set for proposed Harsens Island bridge
Detroit Free Press (2/11)
In Michigan, residents and property owners will have their chance to share concerns about the proposed Harsens Island bridge project.

Cuomo seeks PSC probe of NRG over Dunkirk power plant shutdown
The Buffalo News (2/10)
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is asking the state Public Service Commission to investigate NRG Energy and the reasons behind its decision to close the coal-fired power plant it owns in Dunkirk, N.Y., rather than converting it to run on natural gas.

NY official to meet with group boosting Fort la Presentation
The Associated Press (2/10)
A state official will meet with leaders of an effort in a northern New York community to increase tourism at a historic site dating back to the French Colonial era.

Michigan Ice Fest getting popular: 40% more attendees this year
WLUC-TV - Marquette, MI (2/10)
Michigan Ice Fest is expecting a busy week. The number of preregistered attendees grew from 500 last year to 700 this year. Climbers are arriving from all over America, and even foreign countries, to experience the unique joys of ice climbing.

Environmental groups debate over fish farm expansion in Michigan
WLNS-TV - Lansing, MI (2/9)
In Michigan, some environmental groups are taking on the Department of Environmental Quality over the approved expansion of a fish farm in the northern part of the state.

Obama seeks 18% hike in water infrastructure spending
The Detroit News (2/9)
President Barack Obama wants to boost federal spending next year for a state drinking water infrastructure fund by $157 million, an 18 percent increase over last year, to assist with projects in communities affected by water contamination such as Flint, Mich.

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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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