The Detroit Regional Chamber and the Great Lakes Metro Chambers Coalition met with members of Congress and their lead staff from 40 districts during a legislative fly-in to Washington, D.C. this month to discuss key issues important to the business future of the Great Lakes/Midwest region.
Representatives from 11 Coalition chambers advocated for the restoration of the Water Resources Development Act (WRDA), with adequate funding for harbors, channels, and the newly-created Great Lakes Navigation System. The delegation called for prompt passage of the Energy Policy Modernization Act while re-affirming the importance of the Soo Lock on Michigan’s economy and urging action on three critical dams in the upper Ohio River. Adequate funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative and the U.S. Department of Energy’s Fossil Energy Research and Development program were also prominent discussion topics.
The fly-in is part of a continuous effort by the Coalition to spur federal action on five issue areas critical to the future of the Great Lakes economy: transportation infrastructure, U.S./Canada border crossings, base load energy, high-skilled immigration, and the quality of the Great Lakes.