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W E E K L Y     U P D A T E   October 6, 2015
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NEMWI Breakfast Briefing:

The Great Lakes Seaway Navigation System
Wednesday, October 7 
The NEMWI will host a breakfast briefing on the Great Lakes Seaway Navigation System on Wednesday, October 7 at 8:30 AM (Rayburn House Office Building, B-339). The briefing will cover the e conomic impacts, system investments, and maritime trade opportunities ongoing in the Great Lakes Seaway Navigation System. Speakers include:
  • Dr. Michael Goff, President/CEO, Northeast-Midwest Institute
  • Betty Sutton, Administrator, Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation
  • Dr. John C. Martin, President, Martin Associates
  • Mark W. Barker, President, The Interlake Steam-ship Company
  • Paul C. LaMarre III, Director, Port of Monroe, Michigan
  • Peter R. Johnson, Deputy Director, Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers
  • Jesse Perkins, Director, Government Relations, American Iron and Steel Institute 
Honorary Co-Sponsors of the briefing are the House Great Lakes Task Force Co-Chairs Reps. Candice Miller (MI), Marcy Kaptur (OH), Sean Duffy (WI), and Louise Slaughter (NY).
For more information and to RSVP, please contact Hope Ratner , Administrative Manager at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
This Week on Capitol Hill  
On Thursday, House Republicans will pick Speaker John Boehner's successor to run the chamber and are also expected to select a new slate of leaders to help the new Speaker do his or her job. Activity leading up to the vote will leave little room for committee action in the lower chamber until later in the week (the Senate calendar in that regard is sparse as well). Below are some of the committee meetings currently scheduled. All times are Eastern. 
  • Senate Homeland Security and Government Oversight business meeting to consider several pieces of legislation, including the following regulatory reform bills: S. 708, to establish an independent advisory committee to review certain regulations, S. 1607, to affirm the authority of the President to require independent regulatory agencies to comply with regulatory analysis requirements applicable to executive agencies, S. 1818, the "Principled Rulemaking Act of 2015," to reform the rule making process of agencies, S. 1820, to require agencies to publish an advance notice of proposed rule making for major rules, and S. 1817, to improve the effectiveness of major rules in accomplishing their regulatory objectives by promoting retrospective review; 10:00 AM, room 342 Dirksen Senate Office Building.
  • House Agriculture Subcommittee on Conservation and Forestry hearing to review the 2015 fire season and long-term trends; 10:00 AM, room 1302 Longworth House Office Building.
  • House Oversight and Government Reform Subcommittee on Interior hearing on invasive species policy (details will be forthcoming later this week); 9:00 AM, room 2247 Rayburn House Office Building.
For more information, contact  Mark Gorman , Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute.
New Partners for Smart Growth Conference: Registration Opens October 8th 

Registration for the Local Government Commission's 15th Annual New Partners for Smart Growth Conference is quickly approaching on October 8th. This event will take place in Portland, OR from February 11-13, 2016. The conference theme is "Practical Tools & Innovative Strategies for Creating Great Communities." This year's emphasis is on implementation tools, strategies, and new technologies that will help communities become more resilient now. More details are available here .
For more information,
contact Colleen Cain, Sr. Policy Analyst at the Northeast-Midwest Institute. 
NEMWI Job Announcement:
Director of Finance and Administration

At an exciting juncture in its 37-year history, as it enters a period of growth and increased impact, the Northeast-Midwest Institute (NEMWI)) is seeking a new Director of Finance and Administration. The position manages the Institute's finances, including accounting functions, reporting on expenses relative to budgets and revenue, budget planning, financial policies and controls, and vendor relationships and contracts. Government funding is a major part of NEMWI's revenue stream, so managing government grants and reporting as well as indirect cost calculation and compliance are major responsibilities of the job. The position also manages human resources, including fringe benefits, and general administrative responsibilities. The position supervises the Staff Accountant, and reports directly to the President and CEO.

Qualifications: Candidates must possess at least a B.A. or B.S., preferably in accounting, and have significant experience in accounting, including a strong working knowledge of GAAP. A solid track record in budget planning and in preparing reports on spending relative to budgets is essential. Five to ten years of experience in nonprofit accounting and finance is required.

Background: The Northeast-Midwest Institute is a Washington, D.C.-based nonprofit, nonpartisan research, education, and policy organization dedicated to economic vitality, environmental quality, and regional equity for the northeast and midwest region. NEMWI has unique standing in the regional policy-making process in that it was founded in response to calls by the Congressional Northeast-Midwest Coalition for a stable and trusted source of regional data and research as well as policy options and analysis. Building on its strong track record of advancing the well-being of the 18 states of the northeast and midwest, NEMWI is entering a new period of growth and impact, enhancing its strengths in the areas of the environment and conservation, water quality, the Great Lakes and Mississippi River, and policy-monitoring and analysis, and exploring new initiatives in areas ranging from economic vitality and the needs of older cities, to state-focused programs and new regional issues such as regional waterways.

Compensation: Compensation includes a competitive salary, commensurate with experience, as well as an excellent package of health and other employee benefits.

To Apply: Candidates for the position should submit a letter of application presenting their experience and interest in the position, resume, and listing of five references (which will not be contacted without prior permission), to: Michael J. Goff, Ph.D., President and CEO, Northeast-Midwest Institute, at

The Northeast-Midwest Institute is an equal opportunity employer

NEMWI: Strengthening the Region that Sustains the Nation