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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 7 October 2002



·           Briefing:  Manufacturing Workforce

·           Letter: Blocking Asian Carp

·           New Staff





     The Manufacturing Task Forces on Monday, October 7, will host a briefing on building the manufacturing workforce for the 21st century.  The focus will be on policies and programs that address workforce development challenges facing the manufacturing sector.  Speaking will be representatives of the American Association of Community College, Delaware Valley Industrial Resource Center, and National Center on Education and the Economy.


     The October 7 briefing will run from 9:30 am until 11:00 am in room 428A of the Russell Senate Office Building.


     Contact:  Kris Sarri at the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606).



Letter:  Blocking Asian Carp


     The Great Lakes Task Force is circulating a letter the urges the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service to list three species of Asian Carp under the Lacey Act.  These species -- the black carp, bighead carp, and silver carp -- escaped from aquaculture farms in the South, are moving up the Mississippi River, and now threaten to invade the Great Lakes. Listing these fish under the Lacey Act will prohibit their importation and interstate sale.  The deadline for congressional offices to sign onto this letter is October 11.


     Contact: Joy Mulinex at the Great Lakes Task Force (202/224-1211).





     Karen Vigmostad is a new policy analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute, focusing on water quality and water management issues.  She recently completed her PhD in resource development at Michigan State University, and she has been director of the U.S.-Canada Great Lakes Islands Project, Great Lakes specialist with the Michigan Sea Grant Extension, program manager at the Great Lakes and Mid-Atlantic Hazardous Substance Research Center, senior policy specialist with Michigan's Office of the Great Lakes, and director of the Rouge River Watershed Council.  She can be reached at kvigmostad@nemw.org or 202/544-5200.


     Amber Jones is a new fellow in Senator Carl Levin=s office on Great Lakes issues.  A native of Detroit, she has worked on the public affairs staffs at the National Science Foundation, Department of Energy, and Army Corps of Engineers.  She can be reached at amber.jones@levin.senate.gov or 202/224-6221.