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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 5 May 2003



H I G H L I G H T S

 

* Briefing:  Keeping the U.S. Semiconductor Industry

* Briefing:  Water Management and the Science of Preserving the Great Lakes

* Job Opening:  Great Lakes Cities Initiative

* Water Initiative Grants

 

 

BRIEFING:  KEEPING THE U.S. SEMICONDUCTOR INDUSTRY

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The Senate Manufacturing Task Force on Thursday, May 8, is hosting a breakfast briefing for congressional staff on the future of the U.S. semiconductor industry.  The session will feature the release of a new study by the National Academy of Sciences’ Board on Science, Technology, and Economic Policy -- Securing the Future: Regional and National Programs to Support the Semiconductor Industry -- that concludes the U.S. may be on the brink of losing a global battle for future growth in the semiconductor industry as new investment in semiconductor manufacturing is moving to China.

 

Speakers include Kenneth Flamm with the University of Texas at Austin, Thomas Howell with Dewey Ballantine, Randall Isaac with International Business Machines, and Charles Wessner with The National Academies.

 

The May 8 briefing runs from 9:00 am until 10:30 am in 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building.  A continental breakfast will be served at 8:30 am.

 

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

 

 

BRIEFING:  WATER MANAGEMENT AND THE

SCIENCE OF PRESERVING THE GREAT LAKES

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The Great Lakes Task Forces and the U.S. Geological Survey on Thursday, May 8, are sponsoring a briefing entitled Science for the Great Lakes:  Preserving a Vital Resource.  Come hear how scientists are providing a framework for national and international decision making to keep this precious resource healthy and vital for generations.  Also featured will be an update on the water management/diversion negotiations being conducted in the context of an Annex to the Great Lakes Water Quality Agreement.  Speakers will include representatives of the Council of Great Lakes Governors' Water Management Working Group, Great Lakes Commission, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

 

The May 8 briefing will run from 10:00 am until 11:00 am in room 2325 of the Rayburn House Office Building.  Refreshments will be served.

 

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

 

 

JOB OPENING:  GREAT LAKES CITIES INITIATIVE

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The newly-formed Great Lakes Cities Initiative is looking for a project director.  Based in Chicago, chaired by Mayor Richard Daley, supported by the Joyce Foundation, and sponsored by the Northeast-Midwest Institute, the Great Lakes Cities Initiative is a binational coalition of municipal leaders that seeks to advance the protection and restoration of the Great Lakes ecosystem.  The project director will work with the region's mayors to secure a strong and meaningful role for cities in the development and implementation of Great Lakes programs and policies at the state, provincial, regional, and national levels.  A detailed job description is available at http://www.nemw.org/job.htm.

 

 

WATER INITIATIVE GRANTS

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The Environmental Protection Agency recently announced grants of $15 million for several of the nation's watersheds.  The 20 Water Initiative grants support community-driven initiatives that protect habitat, improve water quality, and enhance outdoor recreation.  Within the Northeast-Midwest region, the following watersheds were designated:  Meduxnekeag River (ME), Narrangansett Bay (RI, MA), Charles River (MA), Raritan River (NJ), Susquehanna Headwaters (NY, PA), Christina River (PA, DE), Dunkard Creek (PA,WV), Greater Miami River (OH), Greater Blue Earth Watershed (MN, IA), Manistee River (MI), and Rathbun Lake (IA).