DCED and PennDOT Participate in Successful Meeting of the Council of Great
from the departments of Environmental Protection, Community and Economic
Development and Transportation joined dignitaries from Illinois, Indiana,
Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Washington, D.C. and Wisconsin as well as
Ontario and Quebec at the Council of Great Lakes Governors meeting from April
25 to 26.
executive meeting of the Council of Great Lakes Governors focuses on
environmental and economic issues impacting the Great Lakes. The theme of this
year’s meeting was “accelerating progress”.
meeting, the states and provinces agreed to continue to advance several
environmental and economic initiatives resulting from resolutions signed last
year by the council members. These initiatives include:
- A maritime initiative that is
moving forward on a task force’s recommendations for improving the Great
Lakes-St. Lawrence River maritime system. This includes financing options
for the maintenance or replacement of aging infrastructure. Pennsylvania
has named Herb Packer, Director of PennPORTs, to represent Pennsylvania in
- Trade policy priorities to
improve state trade and export promotion implementation and
- Trade facilitation between
Canada and the U.S. to increase trade between the U.S. and Canada.
- Agreement to continue to
partner on water monitoring and addressing nutrient enrichment and other
water quality issues in the Great Lakes.
- Aquatic Invasive Species Partnership
Initiative that will formalize a partnership between the U.S. and Canada
to work together on Aquatic Invasive Species (AIS) through the development
of a Mutual Aid Agreement.
- A proclamation designating the
first week of June as “Beach Safety Awareness Week,” a reminder of the
importance of recognizing potential water hazards as the summer
recreational season commences.
notably, a Mutual Aid Agreement for combatting invasive species threats was
signed by council members. This mutual aid agreement will be the first of its
kind pledging mutual aid between states and provinces to combat AIS in the
Aid Agreement will not only help protect the environment, it’s creative
thinking that will allow us to more effectively address invasive species by
sharing the capacity that we’ve all built individually,” DEP Secretary E.
Christopher Abruzzo said.
of the meeting was a roundtable discussion led by former U.S. Treasury
Secretary Hank Paulson that focused on “Growing Regional Manufacturing,”
maximizing competitiveness and further attracting additional investments that
support manufacturing jobs.
flexible and productive workforce, lower energy costs and a resilient corporate
sector, the U.S., and specifically Pennsylvania, is becoming a more attractive
place to manufacture goods consumed in North America. The demand for high
quality, U.S.-made products is also creating opportunities abroad and opening
doors to new export markets.
Lakes region is home to some of the nation’s largest manufacturers, abundant
natural resources and provides access to some of the largest markets – assets
that are a key to bringing manufacturers back to the U.S.,” Department of
Community and Economic Development Secretary C. Alan Walker said. “Working as a
Great Lakes region will strengthen our collective efforts to bring new
investment and manufacturing jobs to the region which will result in a stronger
of Great Lakes Governors was established in 1983 to manage the environmental
and economic challenges of the Great Lakes states. The council encourages and
facilitates 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.
information, visit, www.cglg.org.
Witman, DEP, 717-787-1323
Kratz, DCED, 717-783-1132
Waters-Trasatt, PennDOT, 717-783-1132