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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 February 1997



From: gstarnes@nemw.org
Subject: Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 February 1997

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                        NORTHEAST-MIDWEST
                          WEEKLY UPDATE

                         10 February 1997
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                         TOP OF THE NEWS


LMI:  WHO NEEDS IT?
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     Legislative staff dealing with vocational education, higher
education, or the consolidation of job training programs will want to
take advantage of the opportunity to learn about state labor market
information (LMI) systems and how they are used to make policy
decisions in the education and training field and, at an even more
grass-roots level, to enable jobseekers and employers to find each
other.

     Experts briefly will describe what LMI is, who needs it, and what
Congress is doing about it.  Also occurring will be a hands-on
demonstration of the innovative Virginia state LMI system.  The
session will be held on Friday, February 14, from 10:00 am until noon
in room 2261 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  House, Senate, and
Hall of States staff are all cordially invited.

     Three regional organizations -- the Northeast-Midwest Institute,
the Sunbelt Caucus, and the California Institute -- are jointly
sponsoring this briefing.  To RSVP and guarantee a space for yourself,
call Paula Duggan at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


BIOTECHNOLOGY:  INDUSTRY UPDATE
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     The Senate Task Force on Manufacturing on Wednesday, February 12,
will hold its first periodic brown-bag luncheon with presentations by
representatives of key industries.  This week's session will focus on
biotechnology.

     Chuck Ludlum, vice president of the Biotechnology Industry
Association, will give a brief overview of the industry and discuss
issues such as the FDA drug approval process, regulatory reform, tax
reform, GATT patent negotiations, ethics, and biological weapons
conventions.

     The biotechnology sector is research intensive, spending an
average of $60,000 per employee.  The industry has a market
capitalization of approximately $60 billion and some 1,300 companies
in all 50 states.
     The brown-bag lunch will be held on Wednesday, February 12, from
12:30 pm until 1:30 pm in Senator Lieberman's conference room, Hart-706.

     CONTACT:  Geoff Brown at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition
(224-0606).


THE BUDGET AND THE REGION:
ANALYSIS OF THE PRESIDENT'S PROPOSALS
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute last week prepared a 29-page
regional analysis of the Clinton administration's fiscal 1998 budget
proposals.  The annual report highlights programs of importance to the
Northeast-Midwest, as well as projects state-by-state funding for a
few select initiatives.

     The budget analysis can be accessed through the Northeast-Midwest
Institute's web page:  http://www.nemw.org.

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