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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 3 December 2001



H I G H L I G H T S
 
*  Briefing on Unemployment
*  Report Details Federal Formula Grant Spending
*  Report Highlights State Brownfield Activities
 
 
BRIEFING ON UNEMPLOYMENT
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     The Bureau of Labor Statistics on Tuesday, December 11, will give
a Capitol Hill presentation on Northeast-Midwest regional and state
unemployment, the condition of the economy, and the nature of U.S.
economic recessions.  The briefing will take place from 10:30 am until
12:00 noon in room HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.
 
     CONTACT:  Olwen Huxley with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional
Coalition (226-9497).
 

REPORT DETAILS FEDERAL FORMULA GRANT SPENDING
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute has released Northeast-Midwest
Guide to Federal Formula Grant Programs.  The 297-page report,
available on http://www.nemw.org/FedGrant2001.pdf, describes each of
the 50 largest federal formula grant programs to state and local
governments and includes tables that show fiscal 2001 estimates of
state and regional program funding.  The report also includes text
summaries and data tables for the 18 states in the Northeast-Midwest
region, with each state-specific data table listing amounts for 158
different programs and sub-programs.
 
     The Northeast-Midwest region's share of funding from federal
formula grants in fiscal 2001 exceeded its share of the nation's
population.  The 18 states in the Northeast-Midwest accounted for 42.8
percent of the total funding to all the states, while constituting
40.1 percent of the population of the 50 states, according to the 297-
page report.  Within the region, the Northeast fared better than the
Midwest, receiving 25.5 percent of the fiscal 2001 federal grant
dollars while accounting for 21.2 percent the country's population;
the Midwest received 17.2 percent of federal grant dollars while
constituting 18.9 percent of the country's population.
 
     CONTACT:  Matt Kane at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (313/582-
6244).
 

REPORT HIGHLIGHTS STATE BROWNFIELD ACTIVITIES
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     The Northeast-Midwest Institute also has released an updated
review of brownfield initiatives and program impacts in the 50 states.
The Brownfield "State of the State" 2001 Report presents information
on the number of brownfield sites in state programs, innovative
financing, regulatory incentives, liability provisions, and
institutional controls.  Economic benefits resulting from
redevelopment -- such as 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.
 
     The report is available at http://www.nemw.org/brown_stateof.pdf.
 
     CONTACTS:  Charles Bartsch and Rachel Deane at the Northeast-
Midwest Institute (544-5200).