Undercurrents: beneath the obvious

January 26, 2007

The Economy of the Great Lakes Region

The Brookings Institution has released a fascinating report on the Great Lakes region and, although it focuses on economic opportunities and challenges, the report highlights the importance of the region. Furthermore, it highlights the lack of leadership within the political establishment to cement agreements that benefit the region as a whole:

  • Although National leaders understand the policital importance of the swing states of the region, attention is soon lost after the election season, and
  • State leaders need to advocate for federal policies and investments that would benefit the region as a whole.

It concludes by saying: “As 2008 approaches, the moment is ripe for regional leaders to forge a compact with the federal government around a series of policy innovations that will put the region on sure ground in the new economy.”

It’s another wake up call for returning federal dollars to the region, to unify around important issues, to stop making unilateral decisions, and to pass the Great Lakes Compact.

Source: A Federal-State Compact to Renew The Great Lakes Region (pdf) — A Brookings Institution white paper

Hat tip: You Know What Really Grinds my Gears?

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