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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 14 April 1997



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                   Northeast-Midwest Institute

                          WEEKLY UPDATE

                          14 April 1997
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                         TOP OF THE NEWS


BRIEFING:  ELECTRONICS INDUSTRY
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     The Senate Task Force on Manufacturing on Monday, April 21, will
host a briefing on the electronics industry, one of the nation's
largest manufacturing sectors.

     Speaking will be Ron Gedney, director of operations for the
National Electronics Manufacturing Initiative (NEMI), a newly formed
industrial consortium that seeks to promote within North America a
world class electronics manufacturing infrastructure.  Working to
support the early introduction of cutting-edge products, NEMI argues
that a competitive and robust domestic electronics manufacturing
industry is essential for this nation's sustained economic growth and
national security.  The electronics industry employs nearly 25 percent
of all U.S. manufacturing workers, making it the single largest
manufacturing employer.

     The briefing will begin on April 21 at 3:00 pm in the Senate
Banking Committee Hearing Room (538 Dirksen Senate Office Building).

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


BRIEFING:  FISH AND WILDLIFE RESTORATION ACT
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     The Great Lakes Task Forces on Monday, April 21, will sponsor a
briefing on the Great Lakes Fish and Wildlife Restoration Act of 1997. 
That legislation is expected to be introduced on April 25 by Rep.
Steve LaTourette (R-OH) and Senator John Glenn (D-OH), co-chairs of
the House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces.

     The bill, based on a 1995 study of environmental restoration
needs within the region, seeks to improve habitats in the Great Lakes
for the purpose of restoring fish and wildlife.

     Among the speakers at the briefing will be Dale Burkett with the
Fish and Wildlife Service and Allegra Cangelosi of the Northeast-
Midwest Institute.  Time and place will be announced.

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


UPDATE:  BROWNFIELD LEGISLATION
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     Representatives and senators have introduced more than a dozen
bills to spur the cleanup and redevelopment of contaminated industrial
sites, commonly known as brownfields.  A description of those
legislative proposals can be found on the Northeast-Midwest
Institute's web site.

     The bills address tax incentives, capital attraction incentives,
and liability and process-related initiatives.

     The review of these federal legislative proposals can be found
under "environmental quality" on the Northeast-Midwest Institute's
home page:  http://www.nemw.org.

     CONTACT:  Charlie Bartsch at the Northeast-Midwest Institute
(544-5200).


BRIEFING:  U.S. TECHNOLOGY POLICY
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     The Manufacturing Task Forces on Friday, April 18, will co-host a
briefing on a recently released report entitled INVESTING IN
INNOVATION:  A STRATEGY FOR U.S. TECHNOLOGY POLICY.  Speaking will be
the report's co-author, Lewis Branscomb of Harvard University's Center
for Science and International  Affairs.  The report was initiated by
the Competitiveness Policy Council.

     The briefing will be held on April 18 from 1:00 to 2:00 pm in
room 706 of the Hart Senate Office Building.

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

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