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Wind turbine blades could be beginning of Saginaw River as a cargo port
MLive (6/27)
In Michigan, the Happy Ranger freighter's voyage into the Saginaw River on May 6 marked the first time in a couple of years that cargo — wind turbine blades slated for installation in the Thumb — was shipped on the river.

Aecon, SNC-Lavalin share further $392M in Darlington refurbishment work
The Canadian Press (6/27)
Ontario Power Generation has awarded two more contracts for refurbishment work to overhaul steam turbine generators at the Darlington nuclear power plant on Lake Ontario east of Oshawato, Ont.

Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore growth impacts local economy
WWTV-TV - Cadillac, MI (6/24)
In Michigan, the Sleeping Bear Dunes National Lakeshore Park's popularity is growing across the country. More than 1.5 million people paid a visit to the park last year. This year, they are already ahead of their usual number.

Gordie Howe International Bridge project stalled
Windsor Star (6/23)
Questions are being asked about progress on the Gordie Howe International Bridge project, which appears to have come to a halt. But Despite the project’s slow place, the goal remains 2020 for the bridge to open.

Wind towers setting sail in Manitowoc
Manitowoc Herald Times Reporter (6/19)
One of the largest industrial products to leave Manitowoc’s harbor in decades, wind tower segments, is slated to set sail in the coming days.

Great Lakes officials release plan to boost maritime trade
The Associated Press (6/15)
The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers, an organization representing states and Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes region released a $3.8 billion plan designed to improve their shared maritime transportation system and make cargo shipping more competitive.

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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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