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Weekly Update 24 October 2005




·         Great Lakes Collaboration

·         Job Opening – Research Assistant (Ecosystem Team)

·         Manufacturing – Letters

·         LIHEAP Amendment

·         Combined Federal Campaign

·         “From Edison to Enron” – New Book

Great Lakes Collaboration


The Great Lakes Task Force is circulating a letter among House and Senate members to the Environmental Protection Agency and the Council on Environmental Quality regarding the Great Lakes Interagency Task Force (IATF) draft report.  The letter thanks the administration for its work on the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration (GLRC) process so far and urges the administration to continue this partnership and consider additional contributions to restoration.  The signature deadline is Nov. 2. Contact:  Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).


Job Opening -- Research Assistant (Ecosystem Team)

The Northeast-Midwest Institute seeks qualified individuals to apply for a research assistant position within the Institute's Ecosystem Team. The successful candidate will undertake a number of tasks in support of the Institute's efforts to improve federal policy and technology aimed at reducing the introduction of nonindigenous invasive species.  Click here to read a job description.

Manufacturing – Letters


Reps. Nancy Johnson (R-CT) and James McGovern (D-MA) are circulating a letter that asks the Defense Appropriations Subcommittee to retain during conference negotiations the Senate’s $5 million for the New England Manufacturing Supply Chain project. NEMSC helps small and mid-sized manufacturers in the six New England states to competitively meet the procurement demands of the Department of Defense.  The signature deadline is COB Monday, October 24.  Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI) organized a similar letter, with ten signatures, in the Senate.  Leaders of the Senate Manufacturing Task Force also are asking CJS conferees to maintain $106 million for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  Contacts:  Lisa Mark with the House Manufacturing Task Force (202/226-5181) and Ari Strauss with the Senate Manufacturing Task Force (202/224-0606). 


LIHEAP Amendment


Fifty-three senators last week voted for an amendment that would add $3.1 billion to the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program (LIHEAP).  While not the 60 votes needed to overcome a budgetary point of order, supportive senators promise to introduce the amendment on other funding vehicles. 


Combined Federal Campaign


The Northeast-Midwest Institute – a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, financed by contributions from foundations, state governments, federal grants, and individuals – has been approved to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the nation’s largest workplace giving campaign.  If you are a federal government employee and would like to help support Institute's programs dedicated to issues affecting the Northeast-Midwest region, please enter CFC code #0851 on your pledge card during the annual fund drive. Thank you.

From Edison to Enron – New Book

Praeger Publishers has released From Edison to Enron, a new book by the Institute’s Richard Munson that highlights the business of power and what it means for the future of electricity.  “This splendid book,” said one reviewer, “is as readable as it is rigorous in its fascinating journey through the creation and the evolution of the electricity enterprise in the 20th century.  What sets Munson’s work apart is his probing exploration of the powerful and diverse personalities who collectively shaped what has become the world’s largest and most complex machine.”  Click here to read more reviews or to purchase a copy.


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