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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 10 April 2000



BRIEFING ON E-COMMERCE AND MANUFACTURING
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      The Congressional and Senate Task Forces on Manufacturing  co-
chaired by Reps. Bob Franks (R-NJ) and Marty Meehan (D-MA) and
Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME)  on Monday,
April 10, are hosting a briefing with the National Center for
Manufacturing Sciences.  The session will focus on how information
technologies are impacting manufacturers in areas such as product
design, product testing, inventory monitoring, and the identification
of new markets.

      The briefing will be held on April 10 at 2:00 pm in room HC-8 of
the U.S. Capitol.  Speaking will be John Sheridan, executive director
of InfoTEST International, and Chuck Alvord, a senior executive with
TRW's System and Information Technology Group.

      CONTACT:  Tim Daniels with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-8636).


CENSUS BUREAU BRIEFING ON FEDERAL SPENDING
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      The Census Bureau on Thursday, April 13, will brief the
Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions and state office
staff about two new reports, the CONSOLIDATED FEDERAL FUNDS REPORT FOR
FISCAL YEAR 1999, and FEDERAL AID TO STATES FOR FISCAL YEAR 1999.  The
Northeast-Midwest Institute uses these reports for its subsequent
publications on the flow of federal funds.

      The briefing on April 13 will be from 3:00 pm until 4:00 pm in
room 2167 of the Rayburn House Office Building. Copies of both Census
Bureau reports will be distributed, under embargo, to staff in advance
of the public release on Friday, April 14.

      CONTACT:  Sharon Murtha (301-457-2123 or
mailto:sharon.k.Murtha@ccmail.census.gov


SMART GROWTH RESOLUTION
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      Senators Max Cleland (D-GA), Jim Jeffords (R-VT), and Carl Levin
(D-MI), leaders of the Senate Smart Growth Task Force, are advancing a
Sense of the Senate Resolution to support the concepts of smart growth
when making appropriations and revenue decisions.  The resolution
notes that the Senate should "continue to support economic expansion
while taking into consideration the potential effect federal programs
and policies will have in influencing local development and growth
patterns."  It also asks calls for rejecting "federal policies which
inadvertently encourage growth patterns that are contrary to the
wishes of the local community."

      CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).


INDUSTRIAL EFFICIENCY
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      Senators Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) and Olympia Snowe (R-ME), co-
chairs of the Senate Task Force on Manufacturing, are asking
appropriators for funds to support the Office of Industrial
Technologies (OIT) within the Department of Energy.  OIT is one of the
few government programs that has developed a strong partnership with
industry and the states and that seeks to help identify the
technologies that can increase productivity, reduce energy use, and
enhance environmental quality.

      CONTACT:  Cameron Taylor at the Northeast-Midwest Senate
Coalition (224-0606).


BROWNFIELD REUSE
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      The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition led an effort to
obtain appropriations for brownfield initiatives at the Environmental
Protection Agency and the Department of Housing and Urban Development.
Fifty-five members signed the Coalition's letter.

      CONTACT:  Tim Daniels at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-8636).

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