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Once a hub for building cities, Muskegon could become one for taking them apart
Great Lakes Echo (7/13)
Muskegon, Michigan, was a bustling hub for processing logs into timber shipped across the Great Lakes region. Now, advocates are pushing for the port to build infrastructure to accommodate industrial deconstruction operations.

Activists pan pipeline report in call for closure
The Detroit News (7/6)
Environmental activists dismissed a technical assessment of alternatives to Enbridge’s Line 5 pipelines under the Straits of Mackinac, arguing the findings are flawed and underestimate the potential of a Great Lakes oil spill.

New dock site now hosting cruise ships
Sault Ste. Marie Evening News (7/6)
In Sault Ste. Marie, Michigan, cruise ships have moved to a new dock site, which should provide a significant benefit to the local business community.

Muskegon cruise ship season 2017 to start this week with Pearl Mist
MLive (6/5)
In Michigan, the 2017 Muskegon cruise season will begin with the first mooring of the Pearl Mist, a 200-passenger ship that will dock at Muskegon's Heritage Landing 10 times throughout the summer.

New Lock is crucial for Soo Locks says Upton
WHTC - Holland, MI (6/5)
In Holland, Michigan, St. Joseph Congressman Fred Upton spoke to local business leaders and said that that if the Poe Lock has to close for any reason, we could see unemployment nationwide double 11 percent.

Both Michigan political parties agree on Soo Locks expansion
Detroit Free Press (6/1)
A day before they visit the Soo Locks at Sault Ste. Marie, most of Michigan’s congressional delegation rallied for improvements and expansion of the locks, which carry 80 million tons of cargo through the Great Lakes every year.

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The binational Great Lakes region is North America's industrial heartland, and also supports a multi-billion dollar outdoor recreation and tourism industry, a strong maritime transportation system, and a diverse and extensive agricultural base. The primary economic activities in the region today are agriculture, industrial manufacturing, steel production, shipping, commercial and sport fisheries, and recreation and tourism.

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General Resources
A Changing Great Lakes Economy: Economic and Environmental Linkages
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago and Great Lakes Commission
This paper, prepared for the State of the Lakes Ecosystem Conference 1994, presents the economic and environmental linkages of the Great Lakes.

Advancing North America's High Performance Heartland
Council of Great Lakes Governors
Outlines how the council's projects relate to high performance.

Assessing the Midwest Economy
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
This comprehensive study is a compilation of more than two dozen papers focusing on various subjects, including industry trends, the agricultural and urban sectors, global markets, taxes and regulation, the labor force, and education and technology.

MichEEN: the Michigan Energy Efficiency Network
The Michigan Energy Efficiency Network is a tool for sharing and creating the strategies needed to solve 21st century energy challenges.

North America's High Performance Heartland
Council of Great Lakes Governors
This report, released in May 1994, articulates the governors' belief that a high-performance economy is the pathway to strong world-class businesses and a sustainable environment.

Northeast-Midwest State Economic Profiles
Northeast-Midwest Institute
The site provides a one-stop source for current, unique economic and demographic data on the Midwest.

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Seaway System
U.S. SLSDC and Canadian SLSMC
This joint, binational site of the U.S. Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation and the Canadian St. Lawrence Seaway Management Corporation offers comprehensive data on water levels and wind speeds; shipping and navigation regulations and official forms; and links to every organization, port and government agency involved with the Great Lakes Seaway System.

The Vital Center: A Federal-State Compact to Renew the Great Lakes Region
The Brookings Institution
Released in October 2006, this report examines the economic challenges facing the Great Lakes region, and calls for a new federal-state compact to help the region reassert its global economic leadership.

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Chicago Fed Letter
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
A monthly newsletter featuring an essay on economic policy issues of regional or national interest, including a regional economic index.

Economic Perspectives
Federal Reserve Bank of Chicago
A bimonthly journal of in-depth articles largely reporting on the bank's economic research in the financial, business, agricultural and international sectors.

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