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What's New
Great Lakes whitefish shortage comes on heels of record-high prices in 2013
MLive (4/16)
Lower supplies and increased demand pushed wholesale whitefish prices to record levels last year, and a late start to the 2014 Great Lakes fishing season could place further pressure on prices.

Betty Sutton: St. Lawrence Seaway opens Lorain, Great Lakes for trade
The Morning Journal (4/16)
Seafaring commerce between the Great Lakes and the Atlantic Ocean can spur the local economy of Lorain, Ohio, and other midwestern cities, said St. Lawrence Seaway Development Corp. Administrator Betty Sutton.

Port of Muskegon joins American Great Lakes Ports Association as only West Michigan member
MLive (4/8)
The Port of Muskegon is the newest member of the American Great Lakes Ports Association – and its only member from West Michigan. Muskegon has the largest natural deep-water port in West Michigan, making it a natural focal point for shipping.

Farmers hear why and how they can help heal Lake Erie
The Beacon (4/3)
On the same day that the Ohio House of Representatives Agricultural and Natural Resources Committee gave unanimous approval to the Nutrient Management Bill, the Lake Erie Farm Forum and Conservation Fair were held at Ottawa County Fairgrounds near Oak Harbor, Oh.

Icy lakes made some towns, businesses winners or losers
Great Lakes Echo (3/31)
The record-breaking ice on Lake Superior has been bad news for the steel industry but not for tourism in some parts of the Upper Peninsula.

Great Lakes shipping industry to inject $500 million into infrastructure
The Globe and Mail (3/27)
The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Seaway system is spending $500 million over the next four years to rebuild lock walls and gates and automate the system that connects the eastern Great Lakes with the St. Lawrence River.

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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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