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Port of Muskegon container shipping could start as early as 2016, officials say
MLive (10/1)
Insisting plans to ramp up traffic through the Port of Muskegon, Mich., are not far-fetched, officials say the container shipping could start as early as next season.

Great Lakes Month in Review: Chicago conferences focus on Asian carp, toxic algae, oil pipelines
WKAR - East Lansing, MI (9/29)
The “Who’s Who” of the Great Lakes community is in Chicago for the yearly Great Lakes Week, a series of conferences bringing together government officials and environmentalists to talk about the region’s most pressing environmental issues.

$174K in federal grants given for Port of Muskegon development
MLive (9/29)
In Michigan, U.S. Senators Debbie Stabenow and Gary Peters announced two Economic Development Administration grants for studies focused on the Port of Muskegon.

Indiana, Quebec form partnership to boost shipping
The Times (9/29)
Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann and Quebec Minister of International Relations Christine St-Pierre announced Indiana and Quebec will launch a new Great Lakes shipping partnership that could help identify new cargoes and boost existing shipping volumes.

Michigan facing $13B tab to maintain water systems
The Associated Press (9/27)
Michigan’s water systems face $13 billion in maintenance costs over the next 20 years, part of a looming $384 billion bill nationwide to continue the availability of clean drinking water.

Cities bear rising cost of keeping water safe to drink
The Associated Press (9/26)
At the edge of the Great Lakes, Toledo, Ohio, seems immune from the water-supply problems that bedevil other parts of the country. But even here, the promise of an endless tap can be a mirage.

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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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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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