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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 25 July 2005






Weekly Update 25 July 2005




·         Basic Research and U.S. Competitiveness – Briefing Today

·         Aquatic Invasive Species Briefings

·         Great Lakes and Saint Lawrence Cities Initiative

·         State Economic and Demographic Data

Basic Research and U.S. Competitiveness – Briefing Today


The House and Senate Manufacturing Task Forces on Monday, July 25, will host a briefing on basic research, science-and-technology workforce, and U.S. competitiveness.  The briefing will focus on the recent history of federal support for research done at universities and U.S. national laboratories and look at what emerging competitors, such as China and India, are doing to try and catch up.  Questions to be addressed:  Are other nations gaining ground on the U.S. in developing their own "innovation" capacities?  Are they achieving cutting-edge scientific advances and technologies?  How does investing in research in universities and national laboratories help drive innovation?  


Speakers include:  Doug Comer, Director for Legal Affairs and Technology Policy, Intel Corporation, and chair of the Task Force on the Future of American Innovation; Ed Swallow, Space Division Chair, National Defense Industrial Association; and Deborah Wince-Smith with the Council on Competitiveness.  The July 25 briefing will run from 2:00 until 3:30 pm in room HC-8 of the U.S. Capitol.  Contact:  Lisa Mark with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-5181).


Aquatic Invasive Species Briefings


Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Susan Collins (R-ME) and Reps. Wayne Gilchrest (R-MD) and Vernon Ehlers (R-MI) are sponsoring two briefings on aquatic invasive species. The first session – on Tuesday, July 26, at 3:00 pm in SC-4 of the U.S. Capitol – will focus on the importance of controlling the spread of aquatic invasive species on ships, actions by the federal government and states, and the future of ballast water technology to control aquatic invasive species.  Presentations will be made by Scott Smith with the State of Washington’s Department of Fish and Wildlife, Helen Brohl with Great Lakes Shipping Association, Kathy Moore with U.S. Coast Guard, Peter McNulty with NEI Ballast Technologies, and Allegra Cangelosi with Northeast-Midwest Institute. 


The second briefing – on Thursday, July 28, at 1:00 pm in HC-8 of the U.S. Capitol – will provide an overview on why aquatic invasive species are a significant environmental and economic issue; what states and the federal government are doing prevent and eradicate aquatic invasive species; and the need for comprehensive federal legislation. Speakers include James Carlton, professor at Williams College, Eric Schwaab with the International Association of Fish and Wildlife Agencies, Ship Bright with the Maine Lakes Conservancy, Scott Smith with the State of Washington Department of Fish & Wildlife, Ron Lukens with Gulf States Marine Fisheries,   Mamie Parker with U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, Lori Williams with National Invasive Species Council, and Marc Gaden with Great Lakes Fishery Commission.


Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative


At the annual conference of the International Association of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors and the Great Lakes Cities Initiative in Quebec City on May 26, 2005, the two organizations agreed to join their efforts to protect these water resources.  The organization now consists of 80 cities, with about equal numbers from the U.S. and Canada.  Almost 15 million people live in these cities.  The board of directors has eight members each from the United States and Canada, and Mayor Richard M. Daley of Chicago is the chairman and Mayor David Miller of Toronto the vice chairman.  The organization will continue to focus on such issues as waterfront revitalization, managing storm water and combined sewer overflows, preventing new invasive species from entering the system, and reducing toxics.  The cities are working closely with provincial, state, federal, and tribal governments, as well as the wide range of stakeholders in the basin.  Contact:  Dave Ullrich with the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (312/201-4516).


State Economic and Demographic Data


The Northeast-Midwest Institute’s web site includes regularly-updated data on economic and demographic trends for each of the 18 northeastern and midwestern states.  Those individual files can be accessed at http://www.nemw.org/data.htm#profiles



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