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             WEEKLY UPDATE April 1, 2014  

In This Issue
Northeast-Midwest Region Retirements Drive Historic Loss in Delegation Congressional Seniority
NEMWI's MS River Cities and Towns Initiative Hosts Second Annual Capitol Meeting
NEMWI President Appointed to Advise Michigan State University National Science Foundation Project
Great Lakes Hill Happenings: March 2014

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Northeast-Midwest Region Retirements Drive Historic Loss in Delegation Congressional Seniority

When the 114th Congress begins in 2015, the influence of the Northeast-Midwest Congressional delegation will be at historic lows. NEMW delegation member retirements in the 113th Congress (whether to run for another elected position or to leave public office altogether), resignations and, unfortunately, two deaths, add up to loss of regional seniority of historic proportions. Chamber seniority is all important to influence in the Congressional milieu. On the up-side, in some instances, the vacated seats seed new leadership in the alternate Chamber, as was the case when Rep. Ed Markey (MA-05) ran for and won Sen. John Kerry's (MA) open seat after Sen. Kerry resigned to become Secretary of State. However, such seeds take significant time to germinate and bear fruit for the region in terms of Chamber seniority, all-important to influence in the Congressional milieu. In the House, 2014 retirements and resignations amount to a loss of over 200 years' of service from the NEMW delegation; in the Senate, including the passing of Sen. Frank Lautenberg (NJ) last June, the loss amounts to over 120 years of experience.  The transitions account for a loss to the NEMW region of six Full Committee Chair or Ranking Member positions, and eight Subcommittee Chair or Ranking Member positions. Vacated seats from other regions' delegations may facilitate promotion of NEMW region members to new leadership positions, but slower population growth in the NEMW region relative to the rest of the nation means a NEMW Congressional delegation of diminishing proportional size. Thus, the odds are slimmer than ever for robust NEMW regional representation among Congressional leadership. As never before, the NEMW Congressional and Senate Coalitions' collective action on behalf of the region will be critical to addressing NEMW regional federal policy needs.
  
For more information, please contact Danielle Chesky, Director, Great Lakes Washington Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

NEMWI's MS River Cities and Towns Initiative Hosts Second Annual Capitol Meeting

Last week, NEMWI's Mississippi River Cities and Towns Initiative (MRCTI) hosted its second annual Capitol meeting. Fifteen mayors traveled to Washington, DC to take part in the three-day event, which raises awareness of the national economic and environmental benefits of the Mississippi River, and promotes extra-regional collaboration on its behalf. This year, the mayors worked with the Army Corps of Engineers to develop a General Mississippi River Management Plan for the entire main stem, develop a Tributary Transport Model for the Mississippi River system, and expand membership of the Inland Waterway Users Board. The mayors also met with the Administration to discuss climate resiliency for the Mississippi River system through coordinated effort with the President's Export Council, Climate Action Task Force, and Rural Council. Lastly, the mayors continued their coordination with Congress, the Corps, and the states to improve the investment banks for infrastructure, such as the Inland Waterway Trust Fund and the Harbor Maintenance Trust. Mayor Buol of Dubuque, IA provides an overview of the MS River Cities and Towns Initiative and this year's Capitol meeting in this Bloomberg TV interview.

For more information, contact Colin Wellenkamp, Director, Mississippi River Cities & Towns Initiative at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. 

 

NEMWI President Appointed to Advise Michigan State University National Science Foundation Project

NEMWI President Allegra Cangelosi has been appointed to an Industrial Advisory Council (IAC) for the "Water and Global Commerce: Technologies to enable environmental sustainability in global markets" project, funded by the National Science Foundation. The project-conducted by Michigan State University experts, along with colleagues from Duke University, North Carolina Central University, and international academic partners-is funded by a $4.9 million grant from U.S. National Science Foundation's Partnerships for International Research and Education (PIRE) program. PIRE researchers are addressing:

1) Technologies for avoiding and remediating risks associated with production and transport of energy-related commodities;  
2) Methods for advanced environmental detection and analysis to diagnose and monitor contamination resulting from production, shipping or pipeline transport of fossil - and bio-fuels; and  
3) Life cycle comparisons of energy supply scenarios.

The role of the IAC is to provide advice to the PIRE team over the next four years on critical barriers and opportunities for the project. As a member of the IAC, the Northeast-Midwest Institute will: participate in the conception, development and oversight of PIRE research projects; assist with the design of learning experiences for students; participate in guest lectures to the PIRE multi-university audience; and provide feedback for on-going review of PIRE activities.

For more information contact, Allegra Cangelosi, President at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

 

Great Lakes Hill Happenings: March 2014 

The March 2014 edition of the Great Lakes Hill Happenings includes: 
  • Bicameral, bipartisan letter of support for Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and questions regarding the US Army Corps of Engineers' next steps for the Great Lakes-Mississippi  River Interbasin Study;
  • Recap of the 2014 Great Lakes Congressional Breakfast, including the recognition for Senate Great Lakes Task Force Co-Chair Sen. Carl Levin (MI);
  • Updates on funding levels (FY12 through the FY15 request) for programs important to the Great Lakes and the Northeast-Midwest Region in general.
For more information, please contact Danielle Chesky, Director, Great Lakes Washington Program at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.

 


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