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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 5 February 2001


* Energy Assistance
* Water Infrastructure
* Contaminated Sediments and Brownfields
* Infill Redevelopment
* Manufacturing in the Midwest
* Trade Adjustment Assistance
* Energy Emergencies and Small Businesses
* Smart Growth
* New Staff

     Reps. Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Jack Quinn (R-NY), co-chairs of the
Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, are circulating a letter
requesting supplemental appropriations for the Low Income Home Energy
Assistance Program (LIHEAP), Weatherization Program, and State Energy
Program.  The letter references this year's record-low temperatures
and record-high fuel prices.

     Contact:  Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-9497).

     Reps. Meehan and Quinn also are circulating a letter asking the
president to include in his fiscal 2002 budget proposal additional
monies for the State Revolving Loan Fund, as well as new resources to
implement the recently-approved Sewer Overflow Control Grants program.
A recent nationwide survey of states' needs reveals deep concern about
the nation's wastewater infrastructure and the resulting threats posed
to the public health, economy, and environment.

     Contact:  Olwen Huxley at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-9497).

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will release
Integrating Sediment Cleanup and Brownfield Redevelopment, which
examines the institutional barriers that discourage addressing
sediment cleanup and brownfield redevelopment in concert.  Through
brief case studies, the report highlights opportunities for linking
these cleanup efforts.

     In many cases, contaminated sediments and brownfields are found
in close proximity to one another, often along waterfront areas that
are in high demand for residential and commercial redevelopment.  By
recognizing and reinforcing the connections between cleaning up
polluted waterways and revitalizing blighted waterfronts, federal,
state, and local entities may achieve more efficient and cost-
effective cleanup and redevelopment.

     ContactBarbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week releases a report
entitled Downtown Revitalization in Urban Neighborhoods and Small
Cities.  It contains case studies of several redevelopment efforts,
demonstrating one approach to smart growth.  The report appears on the
Institute's web site at http://www.nemw.org/DowntownRevital.pdf.

     ContactBarbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (544-

     Manufacturing over the past ten years has declined as a share of
both the U.S. and Midwest's economy, but the drop has been about twice
as fast for the nation as it has been for the region.  Consequently,
although manufacturing is a smaller share of the midwestern economy
(falling from 24.8 percent of production in 1989 to 23.3 percent in
1998), a greater share of the nation's manufacturing is now
concentrated in the Midwest (27.4 percent in 1998, compared to 25.6
percent in 1989).  As a result, the national impact of an economic
slowdown within the manufacturing sector is being more concentrated in
the Midwest.

     ContactMatt Kane at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (313/582-

     Rep. Phil English (R-PA) is seeking cosponsors for legislation
(H.R. 85) to reauthorize the Trade Adjustment Assistance (TAA) program
through fiscal 2006 and to increase the flexibility of funding
available to dislocated workers.  The bill also provides technical
assistance to qualifying firms that seek relief from lost jobs and
sales due to foreign imports.  It seeks to help dislocated workers and
firms obtain the assistance to which they are entitled under current

     Contact:  Chris St. Pierre with Rep. English (225-5406).

     Senator John Kerry (D-MA) is seeking cosponsors on legislation to
help small businesses during times of energy price spikes.  The bill
would provide emergency relief -- through low-interest Small Business
Administration Disaster loans -- to small firms adversely affected by
significant increases in the price of heating oil, propane, and

     Contacts:  Patty Forbes or Kevin Wheeler with Sen. Kerry (224-

     Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Jim Jeffords (R-VT), co-chairs of
the Senate Smart Growth Task Force, are seeking signatures on letters
to Bush Administration officials about opportunities for the federal
government to advance smart growth.  The letter to HUD Secretary Mel
Martinez highlights housing and community development issues that
affect the nation's cities, especially the department's efforts to
revitalize brownfields and promote smart growth.  The letter to
Agriculture Secretary Ann Veneman addresses issues affecting the
nation's rural areas, especially the department's efforts to aid rural
development and conserve farmlands.

     Contact:  Kristen Sarri with Sen. Levin (224-6221).

     Joy Mulinex is the new coordinator of the bipartisan Senate and
House Great Lakes Task Forces, working in the office of Senator Carl
Levin (D-MI).  She previously was legislative counsel to Senator Mike
DeWine (R-OH), where she focused on energy, environmental, and Great
Lakes issues.  Ms. Mulinex also served as associate counsel for the
House Committee on Agriculture, and she was a Knauss Sea Grant Fellow.
...  Olwen Huxley is the new legislative director of the Northeast-
Midwest Congressional Coalition, working out of Rep. Jack Quinn's
office.  She has been with NOAA and the Institute, working on forestry
and water infrastructure issues.  ... Elizabeth Mountz is a new Sea
Grant Fellow working in Senator DeWine's office with the bipartisan
Great Lakes Task Forces.  She is pursuing a M.S. degree in marine
science at the Virginia Institute of Marine Science, which is part of
the College of William and Mary.  ... Laura Cimo is a Sea Grant Fellow
working in the office of Rep. Ron Kind (D-WI) with the bipartisan
Upper Mississippi River Task Force.  She is pursuing her Masters in
fisheries and wildlife at Michigan State University. ... Heather Smith
is an American Planning Association Fellow working in Sen. Jim
Jeffords' (R-VT) office with the bipartisan Senate Smart Growth Task
Force.  She is pursuing her M.S. degree in urban planning at Columbia