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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 12 May 1997

                   Northeast-Midwest Institute

                          WEEKLY UPDATE

                           12 May 1997

                         TOP OF THE NEWS

     The Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions on
Wednesday, May 14, will host the presentation of a new report on trade
and traffic across the eastern U.S.-Canada border.  Experts will
review whether state transportation systems are prepared for the
projected 15 percent annual increases in U.S.-Canada trade.

     The report was prepared for the Eastern Border Transportation
Coalition, composed of the region's state transportation officials. 
It forecasts trade and traffic flows, evaluates the capacity of
existing transportation corridors, and reviews the adequacy of the
operations and infrastructure at border crossings.

     The United States and Canada have for many years had the largest
bilateral trading relationship in the world.  In 1995, merchandise
trade between the two countries totaled $272 billion, up from $189
billion in 1992.  U.S.-Canada trade is projected to grow by at least
15 percent per year through the year 2003.

     The session will begin at 10:00 am on Wednesday, May 14, in room
HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol Building.  Refreshments will be served.

     CONTACT:  Dick Munson, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-5200).

     The Senate and Congressional Task Forces on Manufacturing have
invited several executives from AT&T to discuss current issues facing
the wireless/cellular communications industry.  The briefing will take
place on Monday, May 12, at 3 pm in the Senate Banking Committee
Hearing Room, Dirksen 538.

     AT&T's director of wireless and access technology will brief
staff on today's wireless environment, technology trends, and
technology legislation and regulation.  AT&T's manager of corporate
revenue security will talk about security and privacy issues.  The
company's vice president of international public affairs will review
the global wireless market and international trade and regulation

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

     Members of the Michigan congressional delegation last week
expressed their strong support for the proposed Midwest High-Speed
Rail Network in letters to the Senate and House transportation
committees.  The Michigan letter follows a similar effort in March by
the Illinois congressional delegation.

     The Michigan delegation letter urges the high-speed rail network
to be included in this year's multi-billion-dollar highway bill,
called the Intermodal Surface Transportation Efficiency Act (ISTEA). 
It states, "Modern, fast train service linking the region's cities and
towns will pull together the regional economy and promote
intra-regional business growth and development as well as tourism. 
Its development will create thousands of jobs and help to reinvigorate
the region's manufacturing base.  Once operational, it will provide a
convenient, cost-effective solution to airport and highway congestion
while reducing air pollution."

     In a related activity, the Environmental Law and Policy Center on
Tuesday, May 13, is organizing a Midwest High Speed Rail Forum in
Chicago for civic leaders.  Dick Munson, the Northeast-Midwest
Institute's executive director, will discuss recent activities
associated with ISTEA.

     CONTACT:  David Richardson, Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-