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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 7 April 1997



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                   Northeast-Midwest Institute

                          WEEKLY UPDATE

                           7 April 1997
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                         TOP OF THE NEWS


BRIEFING:  FEDERAL RESEARCH IN NEW ENGLAND
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     The Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition has invited the American
Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS) to brief
congressional and state staff on its new report, THE FUTURE OF SCIENCE
AND TECHNOLOGY IN NEW ENGLAND:  TRENDS AND INDICATORS.  The briefing
will take place at 1:30 pm on Friday, April 11, in room 728 of the
Hart Senate Office Building.

     Research and development are important parts of the New England
economy.  Although New England represents only 5 percent of the U.S.
population, it accounts for more than 8 percent of the nation's R&D. 
New England universities receive an average of 67 percent of their
total R&D budgets from the federal government, dwarfing other sources. 
The AAAS report analyzes federal spending trends and the consequences
for the regional economy of possible budget cuts.

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


MEETING:  ENERGY PRICE INCREASES
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     Northeast-Midwest Senate staffers are invited to a follow-up
meeting on Monday, April 7, to discuss the problem of occasional, but
significant increases in the cost of home heating oil, natural gas,
and propane, as well as possible gasoline shortages during the
upcoming summer driving season.

     The discussion will focus on proposals to amend the Energy Policy
and Conservation Act, as well as on ways to encourage summer-fill
programs for propane, heating oil, and natural gas.  The meeting will
begin on Monday, April 7, at 1:30 pm in room 706 of the Hart Senate
Office Building.

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


BRIEFING:  BROWNFIELD REUSE MODELS
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     The Senate Environment and Public Works Committee on Wednesday,
April 9, is hosting a briefing by Northeast-Midwest Institute staff on
the cleanup and redevelopment of brownfields. The invitation-only
presentation will review insights from the Institute's recent
publication, LESSONS FROM THE FIELD, which describes 20 brownfield
case studies.

     The briefing will examine innovative financing strategies,
regulatory mechanisms, institutional arrangements, cost-effective
technologies, and public-private partnerships.

     CONTACTS:  Elizabeth Collaton, Charlie Bartsch, or Edith Pepper
at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


ILLINOIS DELEGATION SUPPORTS HIGH-SPEED RAIL
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     Members of the Illinois delegation recently encouraged
transportation committee chairs to advance the Midwest high-speed rail
network.  The senators and representatives argued that the network
will create an environmentally-friendly, cost-effective form of
transportation for Illinois and the Midwest.

     "Modern train cars running at 110 to 125 miles per hour on
upgraded existing track are affordable, financially feasible, and have
comparable travel times with airplanes on a door-to-door basis from
downtown business centers," stated the letters.  "This is an
opportunity to look forward to a transportation future which includes
comfortable and fast regional rail service for the Midwest as we move
into the next century."

     High-speed rail is expected to be part of a reauthorized
Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA).  The
Northeast-Midwest Coalitions will be helping other midwestern state
delegations organize additional letters of support.

     CONTACT:  David Richardson at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200).


GREAT LAKES TASK FORCES PREPARING APPROPRIATION LETTERS
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     Staff for the House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces this week
will be distributing to the region's delegation and state leaders
draft letters that request funding for key federal programs affecting
the Great Lakes.  The bipartisan letters to appropriations
subcommittee chairmen describe these programs and recommend specific
funding levels.

     Comments on the draft letters, as well as sign offs from Great
Lakes delegation members, are requested by April 11.

     CONTACTS:  Sara Gottlieb with the House Great Lakes Task Force
(225-5731) or Allegra Cangelosi and Patricia Cicero with the
Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).


WEB SITE:  NEW STATE DATA AVAILABLE
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute last week unveiled 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 at the 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
18 to the Northeast-Midwest Institute.  Fax:  202/544-0043, or e-mail: 
ecollaton@nemw.org.

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