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What's New
Cliffs is bullish on US iron ore, steel production
Duluth News Tribune (2/18)
Officials at Cliffs Natural Resources last week gave a recap of their 2013 business and a look-ahead to 2014, when the mining company expects increased demand for iron ore with a growing U.S. economy.

COMMENTARY: It’s time to privatize Canada’s leading ports and airports
The Globe and Mail (2/17)
Canada is looking to privatize its leading ports and airports in efforts to make these a global destination to serve wider markets.

Lake Erie to be focus of Ohio legislative group
Michigan Radio (12/15)
Ohio State Sens. Randy Gardner (R) and Capri Cafaro (D) say the Lake Erie Caucus will meet in January to look at ways to preserve the environmental health of the lake and to work on related economic growth and tourism issues.

Muskegon's brownfield authority considers $2 million assistance for Terrace Point Landing
MLive (4/10)
The brownfield authority of Muskegon, Mich., is considering giving a proposed residential development on Muskegon Lake $2 million in assistance to complete an environmental assessment, cleanup activities and installation of roads and utilities.

COMMENTARY: Great Lakes cleanups in Michigan: The wake and the horizon
MLive (4/8)
The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative has helped, but sustaining its progress will require Congress to approve funding in 2014. Michigan's congressional delegation must champion these efforts or progress will be stalled again.

COMMENTARY: Michigan emerging as the next great shipping hub in North America
Forbes (3/21)
While to some the idea of Michigan emerging as the next big North American transportation and logistics hub sounds ridiculous, the state is well suited to it's emerging role which could provide thousands of jobs and boost the state's economy.

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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)
Great Lakes Commission

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