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Great Lakes Day in Washington: March 13



::::::>Final Reminder<:::::::

                Great Lakes Day in Washington
                        March 13, 1997

Contact: Dr. Michael J. Donahue, Great Lakes Commission,
mdonahue@glc.org

Space is limited; deadline for pre-registration is *February 28*. More
information, including agenda and registration form, is online via
the Commission's home page at http://www.glc.org.

To register, contact the Commission at 313-665-9135 or complete the
online registration form and return with payment to the Great Lakes
Commission, Argus II Bldg. 400 Fourth Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48103-4816;
Fax: 313-665-4370.

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Great Lakes Day in Washington to focus on the regionís legislative
priorities for 105th Congress

**Featured speakers: Sen. John Glenn (OH), Rep. Vern Ehlers (MI)**

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--Legislative, appropriations and policy priorities of
the Great Lakes states will be the central focus of Great Lakes Day,
scheduled for March 13 in Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored by the Great
Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute, the dayís
activities will provide an excellent opportunity for state policymakers
to meet and discuss regional issues with members and staff of the Great
Lakes Congressional Delegation and other key public and private sector
leaders.

The day begins with the annual Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast,
featuring presentations this year by Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio) and Rep.
Vern Ehlers (R-Mich.). The breakfast will be held in Room B-339 of the
Rayburn House Office Building, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.

Dick Munson, executive director of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, will
offer remarks and introduce the congressional speakers at the breakfast.
Following these presentations, Donald Vonnahme and Irene Brooks, chair
and vice chair of the Great Lakes Commission, will present
legislative and appropriations priorities in the areas of environmental
protection and research, resource management, and Great Lakes maritime
transportation.

"As policy issues grow increasingly complex and the call for government
to do more with less also grows stronger, 1997 will surely bring a
variety of new challenges and opportunities for the Great Lakes region,"
according to Vonnahme, director of the Office of Water Resources for
the Illinois Department of Natural Resources. "Our annual Great Lakes
Day events help us to seize these opportunities as we bring legislators
and regional leaders together to discuss common issues and lay the
groundwork for future policy initiatives."

An issues briefing for congressional staff and other interested parties
will be held following the breakfast in Room 2322 of the Rayburn
Building from 10 a.m. to noon. Directors and senior staff from the Great
Lakes Commission and numerous other state, regional and federal Great
Lakes agencies and organizations will be present to speak with
congressional staff.

During an afternoon session, Great Lakes maritime interests will consult
with federal agency representatives, as called for in the Declaration of
Indiana, a regional maritime agreement signed by 19 organizations in
1991.

The breakfast and issues briefing are open to the public. The $35 charge
for the breakfast will be waived for those with media credentials, but
everyone must pre-register. Space is limited; deadline for
pre-registration is February 28.