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GLIN==> Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update -- 31 May 2004

Northeast-Midwest Weekly Update – 31 May 2004


·        Economic Review

·        Base Closings and Military Presence in the Northeast-Midwest

·        Chesapeake Bay News Update

·        Blocking Asian Carp

·        Manufacturing Briefing





The spring 2004 issue of the Northeast-Midwest Economic Review features articles on base closings and military presence in the Northeast-Midwest, invasive species and the new global treaty, financing Chesapeake Bay restoration, and improving predictions of energy futures.  Click here to view the journal, which is now being distributed electronically rather than in hard copy.





The Northeast and Midwest stand out as the nation’s least guarded regions at a time when military concerns increasingly focus on homeland defense and as the U.S. Defense Department prepares to significantly reduce its installations on home soil.  A full report on base closings and military presence in the Northeast-Midwest -- complete with detailed state-level data on Defense Department personnel, current Defense Department facilities, and major sites closed as a result of prior recommendations from Base Realignment and Closure Commissions -- is available to paying members of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional and Senate Coalitions and to states that support the Institute.  Click here to read a summary of that report.





The Northeast-Midwest Institute is launching a new newsletter that focuses on the Chesapeake Bay watershed.  Targeted toward members of the congressional Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force, the news update reviews state funding measures, such as Maryland’s Restoration Fund; reports on congressional activities; and extends an invitation for a June 28-30 congressional field trip to Port Isobel Island.


Click here to read the initial issue of the Chesapeake Bay Watershed Task Force News Update.





The House and Senate Great Lakes Task Forces again have asked the director of the Fish & Wildlife Service to list three species of Asian carp as injurious under the Lacey Act. Such a listing would prohibit the sale and transport of live Asian carp across state lines in an effort to minimize the risk that these invasive species will be intentionally released into the Great Lakes.  Along with many others concerned about the threat posed by Asian carp, the Task Forces sent a letter in October 2002, but the Service has not yet acted.




The National Coalition for Advanced Manufacturing (NACFAM) on Tuesday, June 3, will discuss industry views towards a comprehensive manufacturing strategy.  The briefing, hosted by the House Task Force on Manufacturing, will focus on a report from a March meeting among 35 manufacturing organizations.  The report concludes that a manufacturing resurgence in the U.S. requires a broad policy strategy encompassing tax policy, overhead reduction, technology and innovation, workforce education, and trade policy.  The June 3 event will run from 10:00 am until 11:00 am in 1116 Longworth House Office Building.