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Weekly Update 23 May 2005

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

·         Next Generation Manufacturing Technology -- Briefing

·         Great Lakes Mayors Conference

·         Manufacturing Study -- Letter

·         Advanced Technology Program -- Letter

·         Great Lakes Newsletters

·         Northeast-Midwest Economic Review

 


Next Generation Manufacturing Technology -- Briefing

 

The Senate Manufacturing Task Force on Wednesday, May 25, is sponsoring a briefing on the Next Generation Manufacturing Technology Initiative, a Defense-Department-funded effort to build a coordinated national investment strategy for manufacturing R&D.  The Initiative seeks to help transform the U.S. defense industrial base by investing in high-leverage, high-impact manufacturing technologies.  The May 25 briefing will begin at 2:00 pm in 428A Russell Senate Office Building.  Contact:  Kris Sarri with the Senate Task Force on Manufacturing (202/224-0606).

 


 

Great Lakes Mayors Conference

 

The Great Lakes Cities Initiative and the International Association of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors are meeting this week in Quebec City.  The U.S. and Canadian mayors will review opportunities to enhance the region’s water quality and water management practices.  The conference on May 26 and 27 will be at the Chateau Frontenac.  Contact:  Dave Ullrich with the Great Lakes Cities Initiative (312/201-4516).

 


 

Manufacturing Study -- Letter

 

Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Susan Collins (R-ME), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Joseph Lieberman (D-CT) are seeking signatures on a letter that asks the Commerce Department to fund a study on U.S. manufacturing.  A National Academies study would help federal policymakers better understand the challenges raised by manufacturers.  Some particular dilemmas that require more clarification before effective actions can be planned are the relationships between global competitiveness and a secure defense industrial base; between the desire for low-cost goods for consumers and the desire for high-paying jobs; and the differing needs of large and small businesses.   The letter’s signature deadline is June 10.  Contact:  Kris Sarri with the Senate Task Force on Manufacturing (202/224-0606).  

 


 

Advanced Technology Program -- Letter

 

Senators Carl Levin (D-MI) and Mike DeWine (R-OH) are circulating a letter that asks appropriators to support $146 million for the Advanced Technology Program (ATP) in fiscal 2006.  ATP is an industry-led, competitive, and cost-shared program that provides grants to support research and development of high-risk, cutting-edge technologies with broad commercial potential and societal benefits.  The program enables U.S. companies to develop the next generation of breakthrough technologies that allow our country to compete against foreign rivals who often employ large and effective programs that support their industries.  The signature deadline is June 10.  Contact:  Kris Sarri with the Senate Task Force on Manufacturing (202/224-0606).

 


 

Great Lakes Newsletters

 

The May issue of the Great Lakes Congressional Report – with articles on invasive species, restoration, WRDA, oil and gas drilling moratorium, and monitoring – is available at http://www.nemw.org/GLCRMay05.pdf

 

The latest quarterly newsletter from the Great Lakes Cities Initiative is available at http://www.nemw.org/glci/GLCI0505.pdf

 


 

Northeast-Midwest Economic Review

 

The Spring issue of the Northeast-Midwest Economic Review is available at http://www.nemw.org/ER%20Spg05.pdf.  Articles include:


 

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