Established in 2013, the Council of the Great Lakes Region (CGLR) is an independent, non-profit corporation that was created to think strategically about the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Region as a bi-national economic region. It mobilizes business leaders, lawmakers, government executives and policy specialists, academia and advocates from non-governmental organizations in accelerating regional economic growth safely and sustainably. The Council achieves this mandate by building innovative partnerships, convening thought-provoking events that stimulate conversations and ideas, conducting insightful research and generating sensible policy solutions.
For more information about CGLR and the issues below, visit http://councilgreatlakesregion.org/.
Water Levels & Climate Change
One of the key characteristics of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region is the highly integrated nature of its economy and environment. Many of the region’s key industries rely on its water.
In an effort to eliminate infrastructure deficits and investment gaps in the Great Lakes region the Council of the Great Lakes Region will lead an effort to modernize infrastructure…
Travel & Tourism
Over the past six decades, tourism experienced continued expansion and diversification, becoming one of the largest and fastest-growing economic sectors in the world…
The rise of unconventional oil and gas and of renewables is also transforming our understanding of the distribution of the world’s energy resources.
Develop mechanisms to encourage cross-border trade by the region’s SMEs by increasing knowledge-sharing, reducing regulatory and capacity barriers, and engagement with the current round of consultations on Beyond the Border and the Regulatory Cooperation Council.
Facilitate agreements and regulatory arrangements to mutually recognize certifications in the skilled trades across Great Lakes-St. Lawrence jurisdictions.
Create a forum to convene all government agencies working on security issues in the region to encourage increased coordination and communication.
The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Region is a mega-marketplace in the North American and global economy.
The region is home to one of the world’s most inter-connected and integrated multi-modal systems, from the United States’ largest rail hub in Chicago to the vast network of airports, roads, pipelines, ports and waterways.
The United States and Canada share the longest border between two nations in the world.
The Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Region is home to 50% of Canadian and 20% of American manufacturing.
Economic Corridors and Clusters
Each year, the Great Lakes – St. Lawrence Region contributes roughly USD$232 billion to United States – Canada trade.