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What's New
TransCanada formally applies to NEB for Energy East pipeline approval
CBC News (10/30)
TransCanada has officially filed for government approval for the $12 billion Energy East pipeline project with the National Energy Board.

Michigan oil and gas association works to improve economic and environmental stability
MLive (10/29)
President and CEO of Michigan Oil and Gas Association speaks about the impact of oil and natural gas on Michigan's economy and the ever-controversial topic of hydraulic fracturing.

Crews begin clearing land in southwest Detroit for new bridge to Canada
MLive (10/29)
In Detroit, Mich., crews began clearing land to make way for a new bridge to Canada, according to the governor's office.

For 'The Surface,' Milwaukee and Lake Michigan perfect for film
Milwaukee Journal Sentinel (10/29)
Milwaukee, Wisc., may not be Los Angeles, but it is a city of angels and that's what the makers of "The Surface" needed to film their story of two survivors, adrift on Lake Michigan, who become each other's guardian angels.

Work to begin in January at Sarnia water plant
The Sarnia Observer (10/29)
Once winter weather starts discouraging visitors to the St. Clair River walkway near the Lambton Area Water System (LAWSS), OPntario, a construction crew is expected to move in to begin work on a $600,000 shoreline protection project.

Ore shipping surge continues
Daily Press (10/28)
Shipments of iron ore on the Great Lakes topped 7 million tons for the third straight month in September.

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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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