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Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 8 March 1999

     The Great Lakes Commission and Northeast-Midwest Institute on
Wednesday, March 17, will host the annual Great Lakes Congressional
Breakfast and Issues Briefing.  This year's speakers at the breakfast
will be Senator Mike DeWine (R-OH) and Rep. Lynn Rivers (D-MI).  The
subsequent briefing for congressional staff will feature region-based
experts discussing Great Lakes priorities, including environmental
protection and research, maritime issues, and resource management.

     The Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast on Wednesday, March 17,
will run from 8:00 am to 9:30 am in room B-339 of the Rayburn House
Office Building.  The Issues Briefing will be from 10:00 am until
12:00 pm in room 1539 of the Longworth House Office Building.

     CONTACT:  Rochelle Sturtevant at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-6221) or mailto:rochelle_sturtevant@levin.senate.gov.

     The Congressional and Senate Manufacturing Task Forces on
Thursday, March 11, will host a briefing on region-based efforts to
promote local manufacturing competitiveness through improved
efficiency.  James Kiriazes, Commonwealth Edison's industrial program
manager and David Inman from North Business and Industry Council will
talk about their work with metalcasters in Illinois.  Kirk Stone from
New Hampshire's Governor's Office of Energy and Community Services and
Barbara Bernstein with the Business and Industry Association will
explain their partnership that encourages private-sector companies to
use federal programs to reduce costs and strengthen local businesses.

     The session will be held on Thursday, March 11, from 3:00 to 4:00
pm in room EF-100 of the U.S. Capitol.

     CONTACT:  Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-
5200) or mailto:ddevaul@nemw.org.

     The Senate Smart Growth Task Force on Wednesday, March 17, will
host a briefing on smart growth efforts in Utah.  Robert Grow,
chairman of Envision Utah, will discuss the non-partisan, community
partnership that is working to help residents of the Greater Wasatch
Area form a long-term vision that will preserve Utah's quality of
life.  Mr. Grow will review the process used to help the community
make long-term decisions about its future growth patterns.

     The session will begin on Wednesday, March 17, at 2:00 pm.  The
location will be announced in next week's WEEKLY UPDATE.

     CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606) or mailto:cameron_taylor@jeffords.senate.gov.

     Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are
inviting their colleagues to join the bipartisan Senate Task Force on
Manufacturing.  Established in May 1996, the Task Force is working to
advance policies that promote the U.S. manufacturing industry.

     During the 106th Congress, the Task Force will continue to
receive briefings from manufacturing experts, provide a monthly fact
sheet that tracks key manufacturing indices, and work toward
substantive issues pertaining to a permanent, effective R&D tax

     CONTACTS:  Cameron Taylor with the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606) or mailto:cameron_taylor@jeffords.senate.gov, Tom
Geier with Senator Snowe (224-5344), or Merrilea Mayo with Senator
Lieberman (224-4041).

Posted on behalf of Glenn Starnes <gstarnes@nemw.org>