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Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting, April 22-24



Great Lakes Commission Semiannual Meeting set for Cleveland, April 22-24
 
THEME
The Great Lakes and the 105th Congress: Prospectus and Advocacy
Opportunities
 
Everyone planning to attend, including media representatives, should
pre-register by April 21. The agenda and related information is
available via the Great Lakes Commission web site, http://www.glc.org
 
Contact: Dr. Michael J. Donahue
Great Lakes Commission
Phone: 313-665-9135
Fax: 313-665-4370
E-mail: mdonahue@glc.org

ANN ARBOR, Mich.--The Great Lakes and the 105th Congress: What will the
coming year bring for the array of Great Lakes research and resource
management programs and agencies that depend on federal support?
 
This question will top the agenda when the Great Lakes Commission holds
its semiannual meeting April 22-24 in Cleveland, Ohio. Among many other
policy actions, the eight-state membership will adopt its legislative
and appropriations priorities for the 105th Congress. This multifaceted
statement will provide the centerpiece of a congressional advocacy
strategy to guide the Commission’s interests with Congress and the
Administration over the next two years.
 
Great Lakes representation and committee assignments in the new Congress
will be highlighted by Richard Munson, executive director of the
Northeast-Midwest Institute. Joining him to discuss maritime
transportation and environmental priorities will be representatives from
the offices of Rep. James Oberstar (D-Minn.) and Rep. Peter Visclosky
(D-Ind.).
 
Sally Yozell, NOAA’s deputy assistant secretary for Oceans and
Atmosphere, will be the keynote speaker at the closing luncheon. State
Sen. Robert Gardner, a new member of Ohio’s Commission Delegation, is
slated for opening remarks.
 
The meeting also will feature a special presentation highlighting Ohio’s
Coastal Management Program and its revised implementation plan,
currently under final review. Joseph Uravitch, of NOAA’s Coastal
Programs Division, will open the session, followed by Ohio Department of
Natural Resources officials.
 
Associated events include a meeting of the Great Lakes Dredging Team on
April 22-23. In addition, the Commission’s Transportation and
Economic Development Program Committee, as well as its Resource
Management and Environmental Quality Program Committee, will convene
to discuss a number of policy items and emerging issues.
 
Events will be held at the Sheraton Cleveland City Centre Hotel in
downtown Cleveland. Attendees also will enjoy a reception and dinner at
the Great Lakes Science Center, which opened last year on the city’s
waterfront.