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Weekly Update 4 April 2005



  • Farm-to-School Briefings
  • Manufacturing Letter
  • Community Development Block Grants – Luncheon Briefing
  • Great Lakes Ecosystem Health Briefing


Farm-to-School Briefings


The Northeast-Midwest Institute and the Community Food Security Coalition on Thursday, April 7, will host House and Senate briefings on the Farm-to-Cafeteria program authorized in the Child Nutrition and WIC Reauthorization Act.  Pilot projects from across the country will be discussed and used to highlight how this new competitive grant program can improve both children’s diets and family farm viability by assisting schools in overcoming the barriers to purchasing locally-grown food. 


The House-side briefing on April 7 will run from 11:00 am until 12:15 pm in 2456 Rayburn House Office Building.  The Senate-side session will begin at 3:00 pm in 428 Dirksen Senate Office Building.  Contact:  Allen Hance at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4015). 



Manufacturing Letter


This week marks the deadline for House member to sign the Dear Colleague letter requesting appropriations for the Manufacturing Extension Partnership.  MEP assists small and mid-sized manufacturers.  Offices interested in signing should contact Lisa Mark with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/225-5731).



Community Development Block Grant – Luncheon Briefing


Reps. Steven LaTourette (R-OH) and Marty Meehan (D-MA), co-chairs of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition, on Monday, April 11, will sponsor a lunch briefing on Community Development Block Grants.  CDBG funds vital housing rehabilitation, supportive services, public improvements, and economic development projects in communities nationwide.  Speakers will include:


  • Councilman James Hunt, West Virginia, First Vice President National League of Cities
  • Mayor John White, Ames, Texas
  • Amintha Cinotti, Deputy Director of Planning and Development, Providence, Rhode Island
  • Donna Harris, Executive Director, Kentucky Mountain Housing Development Corporation (KMHDC)
  • Doug Woodruff, Senior Vice President, Community Development, Bank of America


The April 11 briefing will begin at noon in 2203 Rayburn House Office Building.  Lunch will be served.  Contact:  Lisa Mark with the Northeast-Midwest Congressional Coalition (202/225-5731). 



Great Lakes Ecosystem Health Briefing


The Great Lakes Task Forces and the Northeast-Midwest Institute on Thursday, April 14, will host a briefing entitled “State of the Great Lakes 2005:  An Overview of Ecosystem Health.”  Speakers – including representatives of U.S. EPA and Environment Canada – will present a “big picture” snapshot of the current health of the Great Lakes ecosystem as well as for each lake and connecting channel.  The briefing will highlight the forthcoming 2005 State of the Lakes report, which is based on last year’s State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference (SOLEC). 


The time and place of the April 14 briefing will be announced.  Contact:  Karen Vigmostad at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4016) or Joy Mulinex with the Great Lakes Task Forces (202/224-1211).  


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