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What's New
Kaptur seeks to cut off funding for open lake dumping
Sandusky Register (5/16)
U.S. Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-OH) says she will attempt to cut off all federal funding for open lake dumping on Lake Erie being carried out by the Army Corps of Engineers.

Efforts to get more funding for Great Lakes Navigation System
Rochester Business Journal (4/22)
U.S. Rep. Louise Slaughter from New York is asking for more money for the Great Lakes Navigation System to be included in the Water Resources Development Act.

A half century of salmon
Traverse City Record Eagle (4/7)
It has been 50 years since Pacific-run salmon — first coho, then chinook — were planted in Lake Michigan, a move which is credited with netting $32 billion for Michigan's natural resources economy.

Waterfront strategy’s focus shifts to growth, economic development
Niagara This Week (4/4)
Regional programs designed to enhance Niagara, N.Y., waterfronts through financial incentives are shifting gears to concentrate on the region’s new focus on economic development and prosperity.

Port of Ogdensburg to get $2.6 million upgrade a year ahead of schedule
North Country Now (4/4)
A $2.6 million project aimed at expanding the Port of Ogdensburg, N.Y., and growing its agriculture import-export business will start a year ahead of schedule.

Chicago to judge: Let construction on Lucas Museum begin
The Associated Press (2/16)
On Tuesday, the city of Chicago asked a federal judge to lift an order barring "Star Wars" creator George Lucas from starting construction on a $400 million museum along Chicago's lakefront while litigation plays out.

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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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Publications
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
ILLINOIS
MINNESOTA
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.

OHIO
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.

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

PENNSYLVANIA
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)
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