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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 24 March 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* New Legislative Director

* LIHEAP Funding

* Agriculture and Nutrition News Updates

* Report: Brownfields State of the States

* Report: Community Involvement in Brownfield Redevelopment

* State Research and Development Expenditures

* Investing in U.S. Manufacturing

* Smart Growth Briefings

* Economic Development Forum

* Trade Adjustment Assistance Appropriations

* Energy Efficiency Appropriations

* Manufacturing Extension Partnership Appropriations

* Brownfield Redevelopment Legislation

 

 

NEW LEGISLATIVE DIRECTOR

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The Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition has hired Michael Beckerman to be its legislative director.  Michael, who used to be a legislative assistant for Rep. Fred Upton (R-MD), can be reached at michael.beckerman@mail.house.gov or 202/226-9496.

 

 

LIHEAP FUNDING

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Leaders of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition have filed an amendment to the Budget Resolution in order to raise the Low Income Home Energy Assistance Program's (LIHEAP) funding to $3 billion for fiscal 2004.

 

Reps. Marty Meehan (D-MA) and Jack Quinn (R-NY) are seeking signatures on a letter opposing an energy bill amendment from Rep. Charles Pickering (R-MS) that would divert LIHEAP funds from cold weather states to the South.  The deadline for signatures is March 25.

 

Senators Susan Collins (R-ME) and Jack Reed (D-RI), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition, are seeking signatures on a letter asking appropriators to provide $3 billion for LIHEAP in fiscal 2004 and advance funding in fiscal 2005.  The signature deadline is March 28.

 

Contact:  Kris Sarri with the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition (202/224-0606) or Michael Beckerman at the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/226-9496).

 

 

AGRICULTURE AND NUTRITION NEWS UPDATES

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute each month emails an update on agriculture and nutrition.  The document reports on grant notices, Federal Register updates, news items, as well as upcoming events and meetings.  The most recent edition is available online at http://www.nemw.org/agriculture.htm.  To be placed on the email list for future updates, please contact Allen Hance.

 

 

BROWNFIELDS STATE OF THE STATES

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute has released an updated version of its review of state programs that advance brownfield cleanup and redevelopment.  The Brownfields State of the States 2002 report describes the regulatory incentives and financing initiatives adopted by the 50 states.

 

 

COMMUNITY INVOLVEMENT IN BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute this week will release Community Involvement in Brownfield Redevelopment, a report on the components of effective citizen participation in brownfield projects and its benefits for both communities and developers.  The report also offers lessons learned from successful redevelopment efforts, drawn from exemplary projects nationwide.

 

Contact:  Barbara Wells at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/544-5200).

 

 

STATE RESEARCH AND DEVELOPMENT EXPENDITURES

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The Northeast-Midwest Institute web site has new data on research and development expenditures by state, available for download at http://www.nemw.org/fedspend.htm#reports.  The tables show National Science Foundation data on state shares of U.S. R&D by sector, federal support for R&D by state, and sectorial shares of state R&D totals.  The Northeast-Midwest accounts for nine of the 15 states nationwide whose shares of U.S. R&D expenditures are about equal or greater than their shares of the U.S. total for gross state product (CT, MA, RI, VT, DE, MD, NJ, IL, and MI).  The region includes ten of the 15 states nationwide whose shares of R&D performed by industry are equal or greater than their shares of aggregate Gross State Product (CT, MA, RI, VT, DE, NJ, PA, IL, MI, and MN).  Aside from Maryland, Ohio, and Maryland, the region does not do particularly well for share of R&D performed by the federal government, as distinct from R&D funded by the federal government.

 

Contact:  Matt Kane at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (651/297-2406).

 

 

INVESTING IN U.S. MANUFACTURING

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Presentations from last week's briefing on U.S. manufacturing are available online at http://www.nemw.org/energy_hillbriefing031703.htm.

 

 

SMART GROWTH BRIEFINGS

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The American Public Transportation Association on Monday, March 24, will give a presentation on public transportation priorities in the reauthorization of TEA-21.  Previous surface transportation bills brought the benefits of transportation choice to millions of Americans, and public transportation ridership is at its highest level in 40 years.  The March 24 session will begin at 10:00 am in 2168 Rayburn House Office Building.

 

Smart Growth America on Thursday, March 27, will give a presentation on how transportation can further the goals of smart growth.  The session will focus on several environmental and social-equity programs within the TEA-21 bill, including Transportation Enhancements, Scenic Byways, and Job Access and Reverse Commute Programs.  The March 27 session will begin at 2:30 pm in room HC-6 of the U.S. Capitol.

 

Contact:  Dan Persky with Senator Levin and the Senate Smart Growth Task Force (202/224-2683).

 

 

ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT FORUM

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The Northeast-Midwest groups on Friday, April 4, will host an economic development forum on opportunities within the 108th Congress to improve the region’s economic health.  The morning meeting will review the region's changing demographics and economics, as well as review infrastructure, workforce, and finance issues before the 108th Congress.  Participants also will discuss several policy proposals, including a secondary market for economic development, Community Development Block Grants, Economic Development Administration reauthorization, and other legislation critical to the Northeast-Midwest region.  The session should be particularly useful for congressional staff, and representatives of the region's governors, mayors, universities, and businesses.

 

The April 4 forum will run from 9:30 am until 11:30 am in room 562 of the Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Coffee, juice, and pastries will be served.  Please RSVP to Gabrielle Riccio or by phone at 202/544-5200.

 

 

TRADE ADJUSTMENT ASSISTANCE APPROPRIATIONS

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Senators Collins and Reed are seeking signatures on a letter that requests $16 million for the Trade Adjustment Assistance Program for Firms for fiscal 2004.  The signature deadline is April 2.

 

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

 

 

ENERGY EFFICIENCY APPROPRIATIONS

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Senators Collins and Reed also are seeking signatures on a letter that asks Interior appropriators to help increase the nation's energy efficiency and improve policy decisionmaking.  The letter seeks $288 million for the Weatherization Assistance Program, $74 million for the State Energy Program, $85 million for the Energy Information Administration, $100 million for the Department of Energy's Office of Industrial Technologies, and $25.2 million for the Existing Plants Program.  The signature deadline is April 2.

 

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

 

 

MANUFACTURING EXTENSION PARTNERSHIP APPROPRIATIONS

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Senators Olympia Snowe (R-ME) and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), co-chairs of the Manufacturing Task Force, are seeking signatures on a letter that requests $110 million for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership (MEP) for fiscal 2004.  The deadline for signatures is March 28.

 

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

 

 

BROWNFIELD REDEVELOPMENT LEGISLATION

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Senators Carl Levin (D-MI), Jim Jeffords (I-VT), Susan Collins (R-ME), Jack Reed (D-RI), Max Baucus (D-MT), Hillary Rodham Clinton (D-NY), Edward Kennedy (D-MA), Patrick Leahy (D-VT), Charles Schumer (D-NY), John Kerry (D-MA), Joseph Lieberman (D-CT), and Paul Sarbanes (D-MD) last week introduced the Brownfields Redevelopment Assistance Act (S. 645).  The bill would authorize $60 million for the Economic Development Administration to help communities with the economic revitalization of brownfields.  The bill is endorsed by the U.S. Conference of Mayors, National League of Cities, National Association of Counties, National Association of Development Organizations, National Association of Regional Councils, the National Congress for Community Economic Development, American Planning Association, Smart Growth America, The Enterprise Foundation, American Society of Civil Engineers, and National Business Incubation Association.

 

Contacts:  Kris Sarri (202/224-0606) or Dan Persky (202/224-2683).