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Tourism, business continue growth in Ashtabila County
The News-Herald (9/23)
The shore of Lake Erie speaks for itself as a selling point for prospective tourists and business. But Ashtabula County, Ohio, has reasons beyond its beaches to pay a visit to the North Coast county.

Local steel production rises by 6,000 tons
The Northwest Indiana Times (7/7)
Raw steel production in the Great Lakes region rose to 628,000 tons last week, the second straight week it's increased.

Port of Montreal gets $132-million investment
The Canadian Press (1/20)
The Port of Montreal will receive a $132-million makeover in anticipation of an increase in exports due to the recently signed free-trade deal between Canada and the European Union.

Survey: Infrastructure investment in Great Lakes shipping reaches several billion dollars
Watertown Daily Times (1/15)
A survey has revealed billions of public and private American and Canadian dollars are being invest in infrastructure across the Great Lakes. The survey was conducted among more than 600 businesses and agencies by Martin Associates of Lancaster, Pa.

Steps from Lake Michigan: Bluffton park group lobbies Muskegon school board to accept property purchase offer
MLive (11/17)
A property in Muskegon, Mich. steps from Lake Michigan may be sold for development.

Sea change coming to Rochester, N.Y. port
Rochester Democrat and Chronicle (11/14)
The city of Rochester and private developers expect to spend more than $100 million over the next decade — transforming what has been acres of mostly parking into a destination.

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General Resources
Coastal Business and Economic Development
Great Lakes Sea Grant Network
Sea Grant is the only program in the region specifically designed to transfer technology to marine industries and coastal businesses.

National Center for Industrial Competitiveness
NCIC helps technology based companies in Ohio and the Great Lakes region by providing financial, technical and management support.

Northeast-Midwest Institute
The Institute is a policy research center providing staff support to the House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces. Policy research focuses on invasive species, ecosystem restoration, island conservation, water management, brownfield redevelopment, economic benefits of sediment remediation, energy, and other issues important to the Great Lakes.

Société de développement économique du Saint-Laurent (St. Lawrence Economic Development Council)
Established in November 1985, the SODES is a non-profit organization mandated to protect and promote the economic interests of the St. Lawrence. SODES represents the St. Lawrence maritime community, which includes all public and private agencies whose activities have a direct or indirect impact on the economy of the St. Lawrence within Québec, and voices its concerns to governments with regard to the economic development and life of the St. Lawrence.

Transportation and Sustainable Development Program
Great Lakes Commission
The program promotes sustainable, resource-based economic activity and the use, development and maintenance of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence transportation system.

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Community Development
Communities in PA
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
Information on community development programs, initiatives and resources in Pennsylvania.

Community Assistance and Financing
Wisconsin Department of Commerce
Information on Wisconsin's community development, and financial and technical assistance.

Community Development
Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development
An overview of the community assistance programs provided by the state of Minnesota.

Community Development Assistance Program (CDAP)
Illinois Department of Commerce and Community Affairs
Information on grants, job training, technical assistance for manufacturers, educational programs for local officials, and more.

Community Development Division
Ohio Department of Development
Listing of community development programs in Ohio offered through the offices of Housing and Community Partnerships, Energy Efficiency and Community Services.

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Rural Development
Illinois Institute for Rural Affairs
The Institute monitors conditions in rural Illinois, provides technical assistance in economic development and transportation, evaluates rural policies and is a clearinghouse for information on rural issues.

Office of Community Development, Rural Development
U.S. Department of Agriculture
OCD provides community development support through field offices to rural communities across the nation.

Rural Development Field Offices
U.S. Department of Agriculture
USDA's Rural Development program provides financial and technical assistance programs and promotes economic development by supporting loans to businesses.

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Coming Clean for Economic Development
Northeast-Midwest Institute
A resource book on environmental cleanup and economic development opportunities.

Environmental Defense Newsletters
Environmental Defense is a leading, national, non-profit organization who links science, economics and law to create innovative, economically practical solutions to critical environmental problems.

Publications: Economic Development, Northeast-Midwest
Northeast-Midwest Institute
Overview of the institute's publications dealing with economic issues.

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State and Provincial Resources
Economic Development Finance Training Program (PDF)
Minnesota Department of Trade and Economic Development
The MDTED sponsors a series of economic development finance training courses for economic development practitioners.

New York
Buffalo-Niagara Enterprise
Highlights the Buffalo-Niagara region, focusing on information on regional demographics, employers, education and career opportunities in the region.

Economic Development Division
Ohio Department of Development
Listing of economic development programs in Ohio offered through various state offices and a review of previous economic development projects.

Starting a Small Business in Ontario
Ontario Ministry of Economic Development, Trade and Tourism
Information on legal, taxation, intellectual property and labor regulations.

Building Better Communities
Pennsylvania Department of Community and Economic Development
An overview of state community development programs.

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Related Resources
GLIN: Agencies and Organizations, Economic Development
GLIN: Business Assistance in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Jobs and Careers in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Local Planning in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Manufacturing in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Sustainable Development in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Trade in the Great Lakes Region
GLIN: Workforce Development in the Great Lakes Region
Brownfields: Sustainable Land Use (Exit GLIN)
Great Lakes Commission

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