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Documentary Library - Great Lakes Metro Chamber Coalition
The Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition's Resource Library features our coalition documents, agenda, brochures and letters. 

Additionally, our Library features reports, articles and resources related to each of our coalition's issues.  Please see the issue subtitles below for a list of resources.

Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition Resources

  • Coalition Letter to House and Senate urging passage of a multi-year Transportation Bill
  • Coalition Letter to Speaker Boehner supporting the American Energy & Infrastructure Act and urging inclusion of H.R. 104 (RAMP Act)

  • Comments Submitted to the Federal Register Concerning U.S.-Canada Action Plan for Perimeter Security and Economic Competitiveness


Great Lakes Metro Chambers Issue Resources

Federal Transportation Infrastructure

St. Lawrence Seaway:  The GLMCC And the Greater Cleveland Partnership hosted Collister Johnson, Administrator of the St. Lawrence Seaway Corporation, as part of the first ever "Seaway Week."  Collister Johnson gave a presentation on the importance of the seaway, current issues and future trends.  To view the presentation, click here.

Transportation and Infrastructure:  The Plain Dealer and Detroit Free Press featured recent editorials detailing the absolute necessity of fixing our nation's roads and bridges.  Click the links above to see the articles.

Great Lakes Shipping:  In October 2011, a first-ever study that measures the economic impacts of the Great Lakes-Seaway system to both the U.S. and Canada.  Please click here to read the report and the executive summary.

Interactive Rail Map:  Please click here to see an interactive map which highlights the importance of freight railroads by providing state-by-state statistics of the U.S. freight railroad industry.

21st Century Border with Canada

Trade with Canada:  How important is your state's trade relationship with Canada?  Please click on the states listed here to see how much trade each state conducts with Canada:  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Wisconsin.

Canadian Businesses Recommend Border Policy:  Please click on the links below to view two important letters which include recommendations on border policy from the Canadian business perspective.

The first letter is from the Canadian Manufacturing Coalition which represents 47 sector associations and covers both border and regulatory issues

The second letter is from the Businesses for a Better Border (B3) which represents about 40 of the largest volume shippers across the Canada/U.S. border.

Investment in the Great Lakes

Great Lakes Restoration at Work:  The Great Lakes Commission has released updated fact sheets that showcase how Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) funds are being directed to on-the-ground projects in the states.  Please click on your state for a link to the sheet featuring your state's projects:  Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Wisconsin. We hope you will use these sheets when discussing GLRI with your legislators.

Advancing Great Lakes Restoration and Economic Revitalization:  The GLMCC has partnered with the Great Lakes Commission and several other Great Lakes organizations to a one-page regional priority statement.  Click here to see the document. 

Ballast Water:  New York has backed away from its efforts to impose tougher regulations than the national ones for Great Lakes shipping.  Click here to see Craig Turner of the Buffalo Niagara Partnership's blog post on this important ballast water policy change.

Dredging:  A recent report by Michigan Sea Grant explains crisply why H.R. 104 is so critical. It says, "Lake vessels can ship goods three times more efficiently than rail and 10 times more efficiently than trucks, which gives mining, manufacturing and agriculture in the region a competitive edge." The problem is that without proper dredging, the efficiencies decrease or go away. That's the reason H.R. 104 is worth fighting for.  Click here for the report.

Presidential Candidates & Asian Carp:  The Healing Our Waters - Great Lakes Coalition challenged President Obama and the Republican Presidential Primary contenders to protect the Great Lakes from an Asian Carp attack by severing the link between Lake Michigan and the Mississippi River.  Click here to read the article from The Wall Street Journal.

New Asian Carp Study:  The Great Lakes Commission has released a report called "Restoring the Natural Divide."  The report demonstrates that permanent physical barriers to stop Asian Carp are feasible.  To see the report and comments from many of our Great Lakes leaders, click here.

Great Lakes Restoration Initiative:  Twenty-five Great Lakes lawmakers wrote to the House Appropriations Committee to urge sustained funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative in 2012.  Please click here to read the letter.

Estuary Restoration:  Business and Trade Association support coastal estuary restoration.  Learn more by clicking here to see an open letter from the business community.

Lake Erie:  Is Lake Erie Dead Again?  Please click the headlines to read an articles and editorial featured in the Detroit Free Press:  Lake Erie Dead Again?, Toxic Algae Getting Worse in Lake Erie.

Quagga Mussles:  We have all heard of zebra mussles, but who has heard of quagga mussles?  They come from ballast water from foreign ships.  They are by far a bigger threat to the lakes, and they have nearly supplanted zebra mussles, which are becoming scarce.  Please click here to see a series of articles featured in the Detroit Free Press.

Asian Carp:  Please click here to read a series of articles featured in the Detroit Free Press on Asian carp.

Federal Immigration Policy

The Global Detroit Study:  The Global Detroit Study is an effort to understand the role and impact foreign-born residents have on the economy.  This study outlines a comprehensive strategic plan that can build upon regional and historic assets to help return Michigan to economic prosperity.  Please click here to Global Detroit's Study summary, overview and full report. 

Energy Policies

New Nuclear Power Plant Approved:  The Nuclear Regulatory Commission has approved construction of the first new nuclear power plant in 30 years.  A blog post by Tim Peckinpaugh of K&L Gates provides details on this important development.  Click here to read the post.

Fracking:  Representative Latta weighs in on fracking.  Click here to read his Op Ed featured in Politico on November 13, 2011.

Shale Gas Industry:  Are you interested in the economic impact of developing the shale gas industry?  Click here to hear two studies from Penn State University that relate to developing the industry in Pennsylvania:

An Emerging Giant:  Prospects and Economic Impact of Developing the Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play (July 24, 2009)

The Economic Impacts of the Pennsylvania Marcellus Shale Natural Gas Play:  An Update (May 24, 2010)

Utica Share in Ohio:  Click here to read an article from the Wall Street Journal that covers the actions of big producers in eastern Ohio.

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