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Great Lakes Metro Chambers Deliver Infrastructure Projects List to Congress


On March 7 and 8, twenty-five members of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition (GLMCC) attended the organization’s annual Fly-In and lobby days in Washington,DC.  They attended over 50 meetings with Members of Congress and staff, making the case for the coalition’s highest legislative priorities. 


In their meetings, GLMCC members expressed support for infrastructure legislation and presented the list of priority Great Lakes infrastructure projects compiled by the coalition. President Trump and his 2016 opponent, Secretary Hillary Clinton, both highlighted infrastructure investment as key policy goals. The GLMCC hopes to work with the Trump administration and the Great Lakes congressional delegation to advance a large-scale infrastructure packagein 2017.

 

The coalition also expressed strong support for The Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (facing a possible 97% cut) and discussed H-1B high-skilled workers and a strong trade relationship with Canada as important to the economic growth of the Great Lakes region. Finally, the GLMCC members emphasized to Great Lakes Members of Congress the importance of comprehensive energy policy to the Great Lakes states.


CongressmanBill Huizenga (R-MI-2) joined the GLMCC fly-in participants at breakfast on Wednesday.  He discussed his role as chairman of the US-Canada Interparliamentary Group as well as the general atmosphere in Congress since the election.  His comments to the group echoed the message from many Congressional offices -- infrastructure, immigration reform, and trade are priorities, but when and how they will be addressed remains uncertain.


You can see the full list of GLMCC infrastructure priorities here: link



Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition

The Great Lakes Region is the world’s most important economic engine, covering all or parts of twelve states and two Canadian provinces.  With a combined gross product of about $5.7 trillion – the Great Lakes region is a cradle of innovation, ingenuity and productivity, the home of many of the world’s leading educational and healthcare institutions, and the source of 20% of the world’s fresh water supply.  Manufacturing is its cornerstone.

The region is addressing the significant challenges of the global economy – challenges that call for more collaboration among the region’s leaders and with the federal government. The Coalition is supporting job-creating infrastructure investment and new federal policies to help drive the region’s long term economic transformation and competitiveness.

The Coalition has developed a plan for the Great Lakes region and won a number of victories in five categories critical to the region’s economic future:

  •        Improved transportation infrastructure

  •        Efficient U.S.-Canadian border crossings

  •        Highly-skilled immigration

  •        Abundant and affordable base load energy

  •        Plentiful and clean Great Lakes water