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What's New
Planning underway to close Grand Haven Pier for repair
WZZM-TV - Grands Rapids, MI (5/24)
Over $2 million will be spent to repair the pier in Grand Haven, Mich. Construction will cause the pier to be closed to the public from mid-August to around July of 2017.

Pearl Mist cruise ship to dock in Muskegon, bus to Holland
The Holland Sentinel (5/24)
The Pearl Mist cruise ship, which brought visitors to Holland, Mich., will not dock in Holland this summer due to the city's docking facilites and one-lane channel.

Officials, activists debate effects of impairment status
The Toledo Blade (5/23)
Designating the Lake Erie watershed as impaired could have little or no effect on algal blooms, but it would have a massive, nearly insurmountable financial impact on the city of Toledo, Ohio, said a municipal lawyer tasked with studying the issue.

Caring for Sleeping Bear: Why Michigan's shoreline treasure is $205 million economic engine
Crains Detroit (5/8)
A National Park Service report on visitor spending in the nation's parks, released last month, pegged the 2015 local economic impact from Sleeping Bear at $205.8 million.

COMMENTARY: City must capitalize on Great Lakes region economy
Sault Star (5/5)
In order to position Sault Ste. Marie, Ont., for growth, the Economic Development Corp. must understand what is taking place in the jurisdictions surrounding the Sault.

Soo Locks failure could cripple U.S. economy
WOOD-TV - Sault Ste. Marie, MI (5/5)
A recently released federal study warns that if the Soo Locks in Sault Ste. Marie, Mich., were to fail, it would cripple the economy — especially the automotive industry.

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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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