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Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting

For Immediate Release: September 23, 1997

Contact: Dr. Michael J. Donahue                                                                     Phone: 313-665-9135                                                                                          Fax: 313-665-4370                                                                       mdonahue@glc.org

Sustainable development is theme of Great Lakes Commission Annual Meeting,       Oct. 1-3 in Chicago

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Public policy issues affecting the economic well-being, environmental health and quality of life in the binational Great Lakes Basin will be addressed when Great Lakes policymakers, government officials and friends gather in Chicago Oct. 1-3 for the Annual Meeting of the Great Lakes Commission.

With a theme of Sustainable Development and the Great Lakes Region, the meeting will explore obstacles and opportunities in the public and private sectors for implementing sustainable practices. An array of municipal, regional and binational case studies will be highlighted. The member states of the Great Lakes Commission also will act on a broader array of economic and environmental policy issues. The meeting will attract representatives from the U.S. and Canadian federal governments, Great Lakes states and provinces, regional and citizen organizations, business/industry, and academia.

‘‘I invite all public and private sector leaders concerned with the current and future health of the Great Lakes to join us in our discussions in Chicago,’’ says Commission Chair Donald Vonnahme, director of the Office of Water Resources, Illinois Department of Natural Resources. ‘‘Our sustainable development theme will be complemented by an array of action items showcasing cooperative interstate efforts in environmental protection, resource management, transportation and economic development.’’

Among many others, featured speakers will include Michigan Attorney General Frank Kelley; Brent Manning, director of the Illinois Department of Natural Resources; Martin Spitzer, executive director of the President’s Council on Sustainable Development; and James Baker, administrator of the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, U.S. Department of Commerce. 

Meetings will be held at the Renaissance Chicago Hotel in downtown Chicago. Social events will include an opening reception at the Chicago Cultural Center and a waterfront cruise with dining and entertainment aboard the luxury yacht Odyssey.

Related events include meetings of the Great Lakes Dredging Team, Great Lakes Water Quality Liaisons (Natural Resources Conservation Service) and the Commission’s Soil Erosion and Sedimentation Task Force. In addition, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will hold a Constituents Meeting Oct. 1 at the Holiday Inn-Mart Plaza, also in downtown Chicago.

All meetings are open to the public. Registration fees will be waived for those with media credentials, but everyone must pre-register. Additional information is available online via the Commission’s home page, www.glc.org.


The Great Lakes Commission is a nonpartisan, interstate compact agency created by state and federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, clean environment and high quality of life for residents of the eight-state Great Lakes region (Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin). The Commission consists of state legislators, agency officials and governors’ appointees from its member states, and also maintains a formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal and provincial agencies, tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests. The Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.