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GREAT LAKES AND ST. LAWRENCE GOVERNORS AND PREMIERS UNITED FOR GROWTH

On October 20, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers gathered in Windsor, Ontario, for their 2017 Leadership Summit. They have united to help propel the region’s growth and announced a series of bold actions on transportation, trade and tourism.

 

A copy of the full press release can be found here.

Resolutions adopted:

Management of the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Maritime System

Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Connected and Autonomous Mobility Initiative

Enhancing Regional Protections Against Aquatic Invasive Species

Collaboration among the Governors and Premiers the Marine Autonomy Coalition and the Norwegian Forum for Autonomous Ships

U.S.-Canada Trade Integration and the Benefits of Cross Border Trade

 

2016-2017 Conference Annual Report Available

The Conference's 2016-2017 Annual Report is now available.  In 2015, our region’s Governors and Premiers launched a new era of collaboration by creating the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers. The ten chief executives are now united as equal partners to grow the region’s $6 trillion economy and protect the world’s largest system of surface fresh water. This new structure fully integrates the Premiers of Ontario and Québec, and builds on more than 30 years of work by the Council of Great Lakes Governors.

Over the past twelve months, the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers propelled a forward-looking agenda to grow the region’s $6 trillion economy and protect the world’s greatest freshwater system. Together they collaborated with key partners to expand international trade and tourism, and support industry clusters including maritime transportation. The Governors and Premiers also led the region’s work to protect and restore the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Basin. These initiatives continue to successfully build consensus toward these shared goals with partners in government, industry and the nongovernmental sector.

Conference Opens Three New Trade Offices and Announces Trade Missions to Mexico and South Africa and Tanzania in 2018

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers recently celebrated the opening of three new international trade offices in the Arab Gulf, South East Asia and South Korea. The trade offices located in Dubai, Singapore and Seoul will assist small and medium enterprises from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region to export and grow business to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea. The addition of the three new offices grows the Conference’s network to thirteen trade offices providing global market access to 91 countries on six continents.  

In 2017-2018, the Conference will lead trade missions to several promising markets: 

Mexico--February 26--March 2, 2018
South Africa & Tanzania--June 4-8, 2018

For more information on the trade offices and trade missions please click here. 

Great Lakes USA Increases Markets and Membership

The Great Lakes USA (GLUSA) is the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors’ and Premiers’ regional tourism consortium in the USA. GLUSA’s goal is to promote, foster and encourage travel to and within the region from key overseas markets. Leveraging GLUSA’s “regional concept” provides members the ability to strategically grow their vital international business in a cost-effective way. Target markets include the United Kingdom/Ireland, the German-speaking countries of Germany, Austria and Switzerland and NEW in 2017…China.

The full announcement can be found here.  

Conference Expands Global Reach and Announces 2017-2018 Trade Missions

The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers (Conference) recently celebrated the opening of three new international trade offices in the Arab Gulf, South East Asia and South Korea. The trade offices located in Dubai, Singapore and Seoul will assist small and medium enterprises from the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence region to export and grow business to the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Thailand, Vietnam and South Korea.

The Conference’s trade offices provide a scope of services tailored for each participating member’s needs including agent distributor searches, matchmaking, trade events, investment activities, referrals, extensive databases of trade contacts, development of trade leads, business appointment assistance and trade missions. The addition of the three new offices grows the Conference’s network to thirteen trade offices providing global market access to 91 countries on six continents.

The full announcement can be found here.  

Great Lakes Governors and Premiers advance Aquatic Invasive Species "Least Wanted" Actions

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers have identified the “least wanted” aquatic invasive species (AIS) that present an imminent threat to the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River region. In 2013, the Governors and Premiers committed to take priority action on the transfer of these species to and within the region. Since then, the states and provinces have taken more than 40 separate actions to restrict these high-risk AIS, and the US federal government has similarly restricted four of the species. A copy of the full announcement can be found here.  

Report on Productivity in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Region

A report on productivity in the Great Lakes St. Lawrence Region was released on October 20, 2017.  The report was spearheaded by staff at Central Michigan University at the Direction of the Conference of Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers.  A copy of the report can be found here.  

Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers Newsletter Available

The Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers is pleased to announce that the September 2017 edition of its newsletter, The Compass, is now available for download at http://www.cglslgp.org/newsletters/

Articles in this issue of The Compass:

  • A Message from Conference Chair Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
  • Governors and Premiers to Hold Leadership Summit in Detroit and Windsor
  • Conference to Lead Trade Missions to South America, Mexico and Africa
  • New Trade Offices Open in Singapore and South Korea
  • Regional Body and Compact Council to Review Decision-Making Procedures
  • Great Lakes USA Hosts World’s Largest Travel Company