Council of the Great Lakes Region announces partnership with the Northeast-Midwest Institute

The Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) and the Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI) announced a collaboration agreement between the two organizations. Signed on July 7, the agreement launches an ambitious effort by CGLR and NEMWI to strengthen the bilateral relationship between the U.S. and Canada by undertaking joint policy research on a variety of economic, social and environmental policy issues facing the Great Lakes region, as well as outreach to federal, state-provincial and local legislators and policy-makers in both countries.

The overarching goals of the new partnership include:

  • Conducting high quality research and policy analysis on issues affecting the broader Great Lakes region
  • Expanding the range and impact of policy solutions designed to protect the Great Lakes and spur economic growth by adding a binational perspective to legislative debates
  • Convening diverse perspectives and interests at conferences, roundtables and legislative briefings
  • Shaping opinions about the region’s long-term competitiveness and sustainability
  • Acting as a strong voice for the binational Great Lakes Region

Michael Goff, President and CEO of the Northeast-Midwest Institute, said: “This new collaboration will enhance our impact by bringing a binational perspective that will broaden the Great Lakes policy agenda and ensure that we respond more fully to the challenges and opportunities ahead. For sure, this binational perspective is essential for our continued progress protecting and restoring the Great Lakes and enhancing regional economic growth.”

“This new partnership presents a tremendous opportunity for CGLR and the Northeast-Midwest Institute to leverage each organization’s policy resources and outreach efforts in raising awareness about the world’s most successful bilateral relationship, and how we can make it even better in a vital cross-border region like the Great Lakes,” said Mark Fisher, President and CEO of the Council of the Great Lakes Region. “Ultimately, this ambitious collaboration will also help us develop better economic, social and environmental policy solutions for the binational Great Lakes, as well as a level of organizational effectiveness and efficiency that our funders and donors demand in today’s financially constrained nonprofit sector.”

Maritime Editorial