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Winnetka officials to release results of water study
Chicago Tribune (1/28)
Officials in Winnetka, Ill., are expected to soon unveil the results of a consultant's water quality testing study, launched in anticipation of seeking approval from the Illinois Environmental Protection Agency for building the village's proposed $34 million Willow Road stormwater tunnel.

Focus on Energy East pipeline at Cornwall public meeting
Cornwall Standard-Freeholder (1/27)
Impact on water sources and jobs, confidence in the safety of pipelines and climate change were some of the issues heard at the Energy East Pipeline's first public consultation last spring.

Enbridge defends northern route for pipeline
Star Tribune (1/27)
Pipeline operator Enbridge Energy defended its proposal to build a northern Minnesota crude oil pipeline in the face of persistent suggestions by state agencies that another route, farther south, might be better.

Impact of new bridge construction leaves Delray community fearful, want job guarantees
The Windsor Star (1/26)
Residents in Delray, Mich., remain worried that those in charge of the planned Windsor-Detroit bridge will do little to help mitigate damage to their community or provide jobs during the massive construction effort.

Windsorís ports see drop in cargo as parkway construction nears completion
The Windsor Star (1/26)
Construction of the $1.4-billion Herb Gray Parkway boosted cargo shipments at Windsorís ports to historical record levels in 2013, but with parkway construction nearly completed, the local ports returned to more normal levels in 2014.

Manufacturing steadily improving in Great Lakes Bay Region
Midland Daily News (1/26)
Manufacturing companies in the Great Lakes Bay Region are growing at a steady pace, thanks to rising prices for agricultural commodities and diversification during the recession, two local experts say.

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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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