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Collaborating to advance Great Lakes priorities

Speaking on behalf of the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition, GCP Senior Vice President of Advocacy Carol Caruso participated in a panel discussion hosted by the Canadian Studies Center at Michigan State University on October 10.

The conference examined public policy issues and business development opportunities in the Great Lakes region and explored ways in which the Great Lakes states and Canada can collaborate to achieve common goals. 

 The conference examined public policy issues and business development opportunities in the Great Lakes region and explored ways in which the Great Lakes states and Canada can collaborate to achieve common goals. Former Michigan Governor James Blanchard moderated the conference that featured speakers from both sides of the Great Lakes.

“It was a great opportunity to speak to an influential group about the benefits of collaborating on federal public policy issues” said Caruso. “The Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition has made significant strides in this arena lately, including the inclusion of language helpful to the Great Lakes region in legislation moving through Congress now.”

The Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition was created by metropolitan chambers of commerce in Ohio, Michigan, Pennsylvania, and New York and now includes members from more than 40 chambers throughout the region. The coalition’s mission focuses on five areas of public policy: transportation infrastructure, border crossings, base load energy development, immigration reform and the water quality of the Great Lakes.

According to Caruso, “Our collective voices can be much more effective than any single chamber. The reality is that this region is losing seats in Congress as a result of a population losses over the past couple of decades. But together, we have real impact and we’re beginning to see the results of collaboration.”

More information about the coalition, including the public policy agenda, can be found at www.greatlakesmetrochambers.com.