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Great Lakes Day in Washington: March 12, 1998

Great Lakes Day in Washington to focus on the region’s legislative
priorities for 105th Congress-Second Session

*Featured speakers: Rep. Marcy Kaptur (OH) and Rep. James Oberstar (MN)*

Pre-registration deadline: March 6

ANN ARBOR, Mich. — Legislative, appropriations and policy priorities of
the Great Lakes states will be the central focus of Great Lakes Day,
scheduled for March 12 in Washington, D.C. Co-sponsored by the Great
Lakes Commission and the Northeast-Midwest Institute, the day’s
activities will provide an excellent opportunity for state policymakers
to meet and discuss regional issues with members and staff of the Great
Lakes Congressional Delegation and other key public and private sector

The day begins with the annual Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast,
featuring presentations by Rep. Marcy Kaptur (D-Ohio) and Rep. James
Oberstar (D-Minn.). This year’s breakfast also will include a special
tribute to Sen. John Glenn (D-Ohio), who will leave Congress later this
year. The breakfast will be held in Room B-339 of the Rayburn House
Office Building, from 8:00 to 9:30 a.m.
Dick Munson, executive director of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, will
offer remarks and introduce the congressional speakers at the breakfast.
Following these presentations, Irene Brooks, vice chair of the Great
Lakes Commission, and Dr. Frank Kudrna, chair of the Commission’s
Illinois Delegation, will present legislative and appropriations
priorities in the areas of resource management and environmental quality
and  transportation and economic development.

“As the call for government to do more with less grows stronger, we must
continue to seek new and innovative means of protecting our land and
water resources,” according to Brooks, executive director, Office for
River Basin Cooperation, Pennsylvania Department of Environmental
Protection. “Our annual Great Lakes Day events are an excellent
opportunity for legislators and regional leaders to come together to
discuss common issues and lay the groundwork for future policy

An issues briefing for congressional staff and other interested parties
will be held following the breakfast in Room 2322 of the Rayburn
Building from 10 a.m. to noon. Directors and senior staff from the Great
Lakes Commission and numerous other state, regional and federal Great
Lakes agencies and organizations will be present to speak with
congressional staff.

During an afternoon session, Great Lakes maritime interests will consult
with federal agency representatives, as called for in the Declaration of
Indiana, a regional maritime agreement signed by 19 organizations in

The breakfast and issues briefing are open to the public. The $35 charge
(payable in advance) for the breakfast will be waived for those with
media credentials, but everyone must pre-register. Space is limited;
deadline for pre-registration is March 6.

More background on Great Lakes Day--including the invitation letter,
agendas and registration form--is found online at


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.