The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers, also known as GSGP, unites the chief executives from Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Ohio, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Québec, and Wisconsin.

The Governors and Premiers work as equal partners to grow the region’s $6 trillion economy and protect the world’s largest system of surface fresh water.


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GSGP Ongoing Projects

Protection and Restoration

The Great Lakes Governors established a list of nine priorities to guide the restoration and protection of the largest single source of fresh surface water in the world, the Great Lakes.

Water Management

The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers are taking the lead in protecting the world's largest supply of surface fresh water.

Aquatic Invasive Species

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors’ and Premiers’ Aquatic Invasive Species Task Force works to stop the introduction and spread of aquatic invasive species (AIS) into the Great Lakes St. Lawrence River Basin.

International Trade

The Conference manages a network of sixteen shared international trade offices on behalf of its member States and Provinces. 


Through Cruise the Great Lakes and Great Lakes USA, our region’s Governors and Premiers encourage tourism to the region both domestically and around the world.


The Great Lakes St. Lawrence Governors & Premiers Regional Maritime Strategy is designed to double maritime trade, shrink the environmental footprint of the region’s transportation network, and support the region’s industrial core. 

8 States   2 Provinces

drinking water for
40+ Million

of the world's
surface fresh water

Building on
cruise passenger
port visits 

Growing a
$6 trillion

Award winning
Great Lakes
St. Lawrence
Compact & Agreement

exports through
international trade offices

Facilitating more than
$1.06 billion
in 2016-2021 export sales

Combating AIS through
actions against
high-risk species

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