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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 12 November 2001



H E A D L I N E S
 
*  Briefings:  Security and Trade on the Northern Border
*  Briefing:  Recreational Harbor Dredging
*  Update:  State Brownfield Activities
 

BRIEFINGS:  SECURITY AND TRADE ON THE NORTHERN BORDER
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     The Northeast-Midwest Coalitions on Tuesday, November 13, will
host briefings in the House and Senate on security and trade concerns
on the U.S.-Canada border.  In light of the terrorist attacks, the
briefing will highlight northern border provisions in the recently-
passed USA PATRIOT Act, discuss the proposed funding increases for
border agencies in fiscal 2002, and examine the immediate and
long-term strategies for enhancing security while facilitating trade.
 
     Key facts Only 300 border patrol agents are assigned to the
4,000-mile U.S.-Canada border, compared to 8,000 agents on the
southern border.  Canada is this nation's largest trading partner,
accounting for more than $1.4 billion in business each day, and that
trade is rising by 10 percent each year.
 
     The November 13 briefing in the Senate will begin at 11:00 am in
room 222 of the Russell Senate Office Building.  The House-side
briefing will begin at 2:00 pm in room 2456 of the Rayburn House
Office Building.
 
     CONTACTS:  Fred Helmstetter or Joe Abe at the Northeast-Midwest
Institute (544-5200).
 

BRIEFING:  RECREATIONAL HARBOR DREDGING
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     Representatives from the Army Corps of Engineers and regional
organizations on Friday, November 16, will brief congressional staff
on recreational harbor dredging.  Because of its policy to first
maintain deep-draft channels, the Corps in recent years has had less
money to dredge shallow-draft harbors, even though the agency is
required to maintain those harbors.  Because of lower water levels in
the Great Lakes, recreational boaters who use the shallow-draft
harbors have become increasingly frustrated.
 
     The November 16 briefing will begin at 10:00 am in room SC-4 of
the U.S. Capitol.
 
     CONTACT:  Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (224-1211).
 

UPDATE:  STATE BROWNFIELD ACTIVITIES
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute is releasing an updated end-of-
session review of brownfield initiatives and program impacts in the 50
states.  The Brownfield "State of the State" 2001 Report presents the
activities associated with brownfield cleanup and redevelopment,
including information on the number of sites in state programs,
innovative financing, regulatory incentives, liability provisions, and
institutional controls.  Economic benefits resulting from
redevelopment, like new businesses, new jobs, and tax revenues, are
also included.  This report provides a common ground for analysis and
comparison while demonstrating the remarkable success many states have
already achieved.
 
     To be released on Thursday, November 15, the updated report will
be available at www.nemw.org/brown_stateof.pdf.
 
     CONTACTS:  Charles Bartsch and Rachel Deane at the Northeast-
Midwest Institute (544-5200).