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Michigan business owners sue over 2010 Enbridge oil spill
Lansing State Journal (8/21)
Two Michigan men testified that a 2010 oil spill into the Kalamazoo River, Mich. destroyed their business and they want Enbridge Inc. to pay for it.

COMMENTARY: Canada's new consul general is determined to build a new Detroit River bridge
Michigan Radio (8/21)
Detroit, Mich. is, the most important border crossing between United States and Canada, and businesses on both sides of the border, especially Canada, have been consumed by the need for a second bridge capable of handling major freight.

Ports commission hears positive news about Burns Harbor
The Northwest Indiana Times (8/21)
Business at the Ports of Indiana Burns Harbor continues to grow with more ships use the facility this year and more cargo tonnage processed.

Fishing industry business leaders discuss Asian carp
Traverse City Record-Eagle (8/21)
John Pampu, CEO of Big Jon Sports in Interlochen, Mich., has one warning for the businesses that rely on the Great Lakes fishing industry. “If this goes away, so does your millions of dollars,” he said.

Company acquires rights to develop Lake Erie high-voltage line
Erie Times-News (8/19)
A large U.S. electricity transmission company has acquired the rights to develop a high-voltage transmission line on the floor of Lake Erie that would run from Ontario to western Erie County, Pa.

White Lake rising: 'Toxic' label bad for Muskegon County community's image, good for cleanup
MLive (8/18)
The "toxic hot spot" label was a spur to action and a big help in getting needed federal and state cleanup grants, despite being bad for White Lake's image.

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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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