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Weekly Update 12 December 2005

 

HIGHLIGHTS

 

·         Recycled Energy:  The Local Energy Solution

·         Economic Development Roundtables

·         Great Lakes Meetings

·         Funding for Energy Efficiency

·         Combined Federal Campaign


Recycled Energy:  The Local Energy Solution

 

A Capitol Hill briefing on December 14 will highlight the network of Regional CHP (combined heat and power) Application Centers.  RACs, part of the Department of Energy’s Office of Distributed Energy, seek to address the numerous barriers to the introduction of innovative and efficient energy systems.   Speakers will include representatives from the Department of Energy and RAC leaders from New England, California, and Mississippi.  The December 14 briefing will run from 2:00 pm until 3:00 pm in 122 Cannon House Office Building.  Contact: Diane DeVaul at the Northeast-Midwest Institute (202/464-4009).


 

Economic Development Roundtables

 

The Northeast-Midwest Institute last week held the final of three congressionally hosted roundtable discussion sessions on ways federal policy could encourage revitalization for older core cities and close-in suburbs when it comes to such challenges as housing, infrastructure, vacant properties and brownfield redevelopment, and business and economic development.  Session hosts included Rep. Stephanie Tubbs Jones of Ohio’s 11th district, Rep. Thaddeus G. McCotter of Michigan’s 11th district, and Sen. Jack Reed of Rhode Island, who co-chairs the Northeast-Midwest Senate Coalition.  Funded by the Surdna Foundation, this Northeast-Midwest Institute project brought together community leaders and stakeholders for facilitated discussions about possible federal policy changes and proposals.  Institute staff will draw upon comments made at the three roundtable sessions to frame an agenda that underscores key federal policy issues and suggest possible federal initiatives for the bipartisan Northeast-Midwest Coalitions to consider.

 


Great Lakes Meetings

 

Representatives of the region’s governors, mayors, tribal leaders, and congressional delegation are expected to announce in Chicago on Monday, December 12, the results of the past year’s Great Lakes Regional Collaboration.  On Tuesday, the Council of Great Lakes Governors will announce in Milwaukee an agreement among governors regarding water usage in the Great Lakes.  Also on Tuesday, the board of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative will meet in Chicago. 


Funding for Energy Efficiency

Senators Jack Reed (D-RI), Olympia Snowe (R-ME), and Jeff Bingaman (D-NM) are requesting signatures on a letter asking President Bush to support full funding for energy efficiency and renewable energy programs in his fiscal 2007 budget. Fully funding energy efficiency and renewable energy programs at the levels authorized in the Energy Policy Act of 2005 is the first step in reducing our demand for fossil fuels and is currently our nation's best means of addressing a secure energy future.  The letter’s signature deadline is Friday, December 16.  Contact:  Kris Sarri with Senator Reed (202/224-4661). 


 

Combined Federal Campaign

 

The Northeast-Midwest Institute – a non-profit, 501(c)(3) organization, financed by contributions from foundations, state governments, federal grants, and individuals – has been approved to participate in the Combined Federal Campaign (CFC), the nation’s largest workplace giving campaign.  If you are a federal government employee and would like to help support Institute's programs dedicated to issues affecting the Northeast-Midwest region, please enter CFC code #0851 on your pledge card during the annual fund drive. Thank you.

 


 

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