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GLIN==> Great Lakes Day to feature priorities for 107th Congress

Great Lakes Commission Media Advisory

For immediate release
January 10, 2001

Contact:  Mike Donahue
Phone:  734-665-9135
Fax:  734-665-4370
E-mail:  mdonahue@glc.org

Great Lakes Day to feature priorities for 107th Congress
Great Lakes Program for Environmental and Economic Prosperity to be 

Ann Arbor, Mich. - Legislative, appropriations and policy priorities of the 
Great Lakes states will be showcased on Great Lakes Day, March 15 in 
Washington, D.C.  Co-sponsored by the Great Lakes Commission and the 
Northeast-Midwest Institute, the day's activities will include a briefing 
by the region's policymakers and opinion leaders for members and staff of 
the Great Lakes Congressional and Senate Task Forces and other key leaders.

The day will begin with the annual Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast and 
feature release of the "Great Lakes Program for Environmental and Economic 
Prosperity," a bold new strategy to restore greatness to the world's 
largest system of fresh surface water.  The breakfast will be held in Room 
B-339 of the Rayburn House Office Building from 8-9:30 a.m.

Dick Munson, executive director of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, will 
offer remarks and introduce members of the Great Lakes Congressional 
Delegation speaking at the breakfast. Nat Robinson and Sam Speck, chair and 
vice chair of the Great Lakes Commission, will speak on legislative and 
appropriations priorities in the areas of environmental protection, 
resource management, transportation and sustainable economic development.

"When it comes to federal support for Great Lakes research and management 
activities, the status quo is no longer acceptable," says Robinson. "It is 
imperative that we reverse the relentless erosion of support and establish 
powerful new federal/state partnerships that ensure the environmental and 
economic prosperity of the world's greatest freshwater resource.  The bold, 
new Great Lakes Program to be released on March 15 can be the cornerstone  
 of that partnership."

An issues briefing and dialogue with congressional staff and other 
interested parties will be held following the breakfast from 10 a.m. to 
noon at a Capitol Hill location to be announced.  Key staff from Great 
Lakes Congressional and Senate Task Force offices will speak, as will 
directors and senior staff from the Great Lakes Commission; 
Northeast-Midwest Institute; and numerous state, regional and federal Great 
Lakes agencies and organizations.

The breakfast and issues briefing are open to the public.  All with a role 
or interest in Great Lakes issues are invited to join members of Congress 
and their staff at the breakfast.  Space is limited; interested parties are 
advised to register well before the March 2 deadline.  The registration 
form is available online at http://www.glc.org/announce/01/Brkfstreg01.pdf 
There is a charge of $35 ($50 Canadian) in advance or $40 ($55 Canadian) at 
the door for the breakfast.  The fee will be waived for those with media 
credentials; however, everyone must preregister.  Agendas for the breakfast 
and issues briefing will be available soon on the Great Lakes Commission's 
web site: http://www.glc.org

The Great Lakes Commission, chaired by Nathaniel E. Robinson (Wisconsin), 
is a nonpartisan, binational compact agency created by state and U.S. 
federal law and dedicated to promoting a strong economy, healthy 
environment and high quality of life for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence 
region and its residents.  The Commission consists of state legislators, 
agency officials and governors' appointees from its eight member states. 
 Associate membership for Ontario and Quebec was established through the 
signing of a "Declaration of Partnership."  The Commission maintains a 
formal Observer program involving U.S. and Canadian federal agencies, 
tribal authorities, binational agencies and other regional interests.  The 
Commission offices are located in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The Northeast-Midwest Institute is a Washington-based, private, nonprofit 
and nonpartisan research organization dedicated to economic vitality, 
environmental quality, and regional equity for Northeast and Midwest 
states.  Formed in the mid-1970s, it fulfills its mission by conducting 
research and analysis, developing and advancing innovative policy, 
providing evaluation of key federal programs, disseminating information, 
and highlighting sound economic and environmental technologies and 
practices.  It works closely with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and 
Senate Coalitions and their Senate and House Great Lakes Task Forces.

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