The Council has one simple mission: To encourage and facilitate environmentally responsible economic growth through a cooperative effort between the public and private sectors among the eight Great Lakes States and with Ontario and Québec. Through the Council, Governors work collectively to ensure that the entire Great Lakes region is both economically sound and environmentally conscious in addressing today's problems and tomorrow's challenges.
Council of Great Lakes Governors Supports Continued Funding of the State Trade and Export Promotion (STEP) Grant Program
The Council of Great Lakes Governors letter to Congress supporting continued funding of the STEP grant program.
Council of Great Lakes Governors Newsletter Available
The Council of Great Lakes Governors is pleased to announce that the January 2014 edition of its newsletter, THE COMPASS, is now available for download at http://www.cglg.org/news/newsletter.asp
Highlights in this issue of THE COMPASS:
* A Message from Council Co-Chair Illinois Governor Pat Quinn
* Compact Council Elects Governor Cuomo as Chair
* Council Opens Mexico Trade Office
* Council to Lead Trade Missions to Asia
* Governors and Premiers Tackle “Least Wanted” Invasive Species
* Great Lakes USA Launches Sports Travel Guide
January 2014 Issue of The Compass»
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Great Lakes Water Management
Council of Great Lakes Governors for the first time convened a session at World
Water Week in Stockholm, Sweden, on September 4. Council Executive Director David Naftzger and
Deputy Director Peter Johnson, along with Jon Allan, Director of the Michigan
Office of the Great Lakes, and Marc Miller, Director of Illinois Department of
Natural Resources, joined other regional experts in discussing governance
and water resources management in the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region.
The Great Lakes
delegation discussed the unique challenges and opportunities of managing shared
water resources between two countries, ten States and Provinces, Tribes and
First Nations, various municipalities and local government, and a range of
stakeholders. This session provided a venue to highlight the institutions
created to address common issues and foster cross-border cooperation.
The full press release can be found here.
Great Lakes Governors and Premiers Set New Agenda
June 1-The Great Lakes Governors and the Premiers of Ontario
and Québec gathered today at the Grand Hotel for the Council of Great Lakes
Governors 2013 Leadership Summit to set a new collaborative agenda for the
region. The Leadership Summit’s theme, “Strengthening Our Economy and Protecting Our
Great Lakes,” included
a particular focus on trade, transportation and water.
During the course of the Summit, the Governors and
Premiers addressed the following issues, setting the agenda for both the
organization and the region:
- Created a Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Maritime Initiative,
which will look to improve the region’s maritime transportation system and better
integrate it into the broader transportation system in the region, across the
two countries of the U.S. and Canada, and the world;
- Building on the success of the over 20-year,
multi-state export promotion program, adopted a resolution calling for expanded
international trade and export opportunities;
- Launched the “Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water
Partnership” as a tool to collectively advance the region’s “blue economy”
companies, and market them to the world;
- Identified a “least wanted list” of aquatic invasive species,
and pledged to harmonize regulatory efforts to fight this ongoing scourge that threatens
the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin;
economic cooperation between Canada and the United States;
- Created beach safety awareness week and announced the
creation of an “app” to help improve water safety for swimmers and other
- Fostered the
improvement of water quality by calling on the federal governments of the U.S.
and Canada to address the problem of nutrient enrichment and harmful algal
- Initiated steps to better coordinate regional efforts
to monitor water quality and quantity in the Basin to promote more effective
Full Leadership Summit Press Release»
Maritime Initiative Resolution»
Trade Policies Priorities Resolution»
Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Water Partnership»
Least Wanted Press Release»
Aquatic Invasive Species Partnership Resolution»
Canada U.S. Trade Resolution»
Beach Hazards and Water Safety Resolution»
Nutrient Enrichment Resolution»
Water Monitoring Resolution»
Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Action Plan Resolution»
Great Lakes Governors Create Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Water Partnership
The Council of Great Lakes Governors announces the creation of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River
Water Partnership. The Water Partnership will help our region set the
pace in this crucial 21st century market by:
For more information on the Water Partnership and to
register your company in the Water Partnership Buyer’s Guide please visit www.greatlakeswaterpartnership.org.
- Creating a regional
forum for the region’s water-related companies and policymakers. The
Partnership will help brand North America’s “water belt” and position the
region in international markets.
- Developing a
comprehensive “Water Partnership Buyer’s Guide” listing regional companies
and service providers in the water sector.
- Leading water-sector
trade missions to South America, India and South East Asia (in conjunction
with Singapore Water Week (http://www.siww.com.sg/)
- Showcase innovative
water sector technology and services through international clean water
- Holding a series of free
“Water Sector Opportunities” webinars for Great Lakes companies focusing
on Australia, China, India, South East Asia, South America and other
- Fostering region-wide
collaboration and information sharing.
Governors and Premiers Unite to Block "Least Wanted" Aquatic Invasive Species
The Great Lakes Governors and the Premiers of
Ontario and Québec today unveiled the “least wanted” aquatic invasive species
including the infamous Asian carp, and announced joint action to block these
species from entering the Great Lakes and the St. Lawrence River. The Governors and Premiers committed to use
their executive powers to take a series of actions, while calling on other
leaders to refocus their efforts in this critical fight.
Full Least Wanted Press Release, including Least Wanted List»
Governors and Premiers Launch Regional Maritime Initiative
June 1-The Great Lakes
Governors and the Premiers of Ontario and Québec today launched a new Great
Lakes-St. Lawrence River Maritime Initiative to improve the Great Lakes-St.
Lawrence River maritime transportation system. By year’s end, the Governors’ and Premiers’ newly formed Maritime Task
Force will present them with recommendations, including financing options for
the maintenance or replacement of aging infrastructure. This Initiative will help rejuvenate this
critical component of the region’s transportation system, and is an important
step toward improving the region’s economic competitiveness.
Full Maritime Initiative Press Release»
Maritime Initiative Resolution»
Governors and Premiers leading fight to stop Aquatic Invasive Species in Canals and Rivers
battle against aquatic invasive species, the Great Lakes Governors and Premiers
are leading the charge to protect the environmental and economic health of the
Lakes and St. Lawrence River. As part of their multi-faceted strategy to
combat AIS, the Great Lakes States and Provinces are working to prevent the
movement of harmful organisms into the Lakes through canals and
rivers. The Governors today called on the U.S. federal government to
expand support for these State-led efforts, and highlighted their efforts to
lead aggressive action across the region.
Letter to US EPA Acting Administrator Perciasepe»
Governors Plan for Regional Tourism Boost
Building on nearly 25 years of joint marketing on behalf of its participating member State, the Council of Great Lakes Governors' tourism program--Great Lakes USA--recently announced a series of exciting events to be featured in its workpalnfull text of the regional tourism announcement can be found here.
Council of Great Lakes Governors Recruiting for India and South East Asia Trade Missions
The Council of Great Lakes Governors is leading multi-sector trade mission to India and South East Asia in 2014. The trade missions will visit:
India –April 22-May 1, 2014
Indonesia and Singapore (in conjunction with Singapore International Water Week http://www.siww.com.sg/) –May 28-June 4, 2014
For more information on the Council’s upcoming trade missions please click HERE