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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 31 March 1997



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                   Northeast-Midwest Institute

                          WEEKLY UPDATE

                          31 March 1997
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                         TOP OF THE NEWS


BRIEFING:  INVASIVE SPECIES
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     The Great Lakes Task Forces of the Northeast-Midwest Coalitions
on Thursday, April 3, are hosting a briefing for congressional staff
on budget issues associated with implementation of the National
Invasive Species Act (NISA).

     NISA's passage at the end of the 104th Congress greatly expanded
the responsibilities of several agencies and created new
responsibilities for others.  In light of the ongoing appropriations
process, the briefing will provide information on which to base
budget strategies for combating invasive species and biological
pollution.

     Speaking will be representatives of the Northeast-Midwest
Institute, National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA),
U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, U.S. Coast Guard, and Army Corps of
Engineers.  The session on Thursday, April 3, will run from 2:00 pm
until 3:30 pm in Room SC-6 of the U.S. Capitol Building.

     CONTACT:  Sara Gottlieb with the House Great Lakes Task Force
(225-5731).


BRIEFING:  GREAT LAKES WATER LEVELS
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     Water levels on all of the Great Lakes are dangerously high this
year.  Flooding and other adverse effects likely will occur in
shoreline communities.

     The International Joint Commission (IJC), in cooperation with
the Northeast-Midwest Institute and other organizations, on Thursday,
April 3, will host a briefing on Great Lakes water levels.  The
information should help congressional offices respond to likely
constituent concerns.

     The briefing will be held on Thursday, April 3, from 10:30 am
until 12:00 noon in room 2165 of the Rayburn House Office Building. 
Representatives from the IJC, Army Corps of Engineers, and NOAA will
be available for questions.

     CONTACT:  Patricia Cicero, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200).


WEB SITE:  NEW STATE DATA AVAILABLE
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will unveil special
web pages, filled with the latest demographic and economic data, on
each of the northeastern states.  With these additions, the
Institute's web site now includes detailed information for all 18
Northeast-Midwest states.

     The Institute's database provides a one-stop, comprehensive
source of information on conditions in the state, the region, and
across the country.  It includes the latest information on labor
markets, economic activity, regional cost of living, government
spending, and demographics.  The state profiles can be found under
"State-by-State Economic Data" on the Northeast-Midwest Institute's
home page:  http://www.nemw.org.

     CONTACT:  Glenn Starnes, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


JOB OPENING:  BROWNFIELD POLICY ANALYST
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute seeks a full-time, mid-level
policy analyst to join its Brownfield Project, an innovative program
linking sustainable environmental and economic development practices. 
Applicants should possess a strong background in public policy
analysis, demonstrate excellent written and verbal communication, be
able to work with lawmakers and their staffs, and be capable of
organizing meetings and briefings.

     A detailed job description is posted on the Institute's web
page.  Interested candidates should send a resume and writing sample
by April 30 to the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  FAX:  202-544-0043,
or E-MAIL:  ecollaton@nemw.org.


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