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Pier decision could haunt city
Traverse City Record-Eagle (2/5)
In Mich., Traverse City commissioners’ joking references to how they wanted to kill the “zombie pier” project on West Bay drew chuckles from the audience, but supporters and those who bankrolled the $232,000 pier study weren’t laughing.

Ford plant's toxic groundwater plume creeping toward neighborhood
MLive (2/4)
Ford Motor Co. will be pulling groundwater samples from a residential neighborhood adjacent to its Livonia, Mich., transmission plant next week in an effort to discover how far a toxic pollution plume has spread from its facility.

In battle over Holy Waters, anglers put Michigan fish farming on trial
MLive (2/4)
Opponents claim plans to raise up to 300,000 pounds of rainbow trout in eight hatchery raceways on Michigan's AuSable River will pollute and foul a beloved 9-mile section of the river known as the "Holy Waters."

Montreal takes steps to prevent more massive sewage dumps into Saint Lawrence
Global News - Montreal (2/4)
The City of Montreal, in Qc., is hoping to use new, intelligent-based technology to improve the flow of sewage through its pipes and stop the overflow of untreated wastewater into the Saint Lawrence River.

Grand Traverse Bay pier project voted down by city commissioners
9&10 News - Traverse City, MI (2/2)
The City Commission in Traverse City, Mich., voted not to move forward with a plan to build a pier on Grand Traverse Bay near the mouth of the Boardman River.

Great Lakes fish farming debate picks up speed in Michigan legislature
MLive (2/2)
The debate over Great Lakes fish farming is picking up speed in Lansing, where two hearings are scheduled this week on competing Republican bills that would either expand or outright ban commercial net-pen aquaculture in Michigan waters.

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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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