Inaugural Great Lakes Economic Forum

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From April 26th to the 28th, CGLR hosted its first Great Lakes Economic Forum in effort to bring together business leaders, lawmakers, government executives, academia and advocates from non-governmental trade and environmental organizations to talk about the economy of the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Region and share insights with respect to ways in which we can work better together across the border and sectors to fortify the region’s strategic economic advantages in today’s borderless climate of global trade and investment.


Over 150 senior leaders from around the region took part in this groundbreaking event, which included keynote addresses from the Governor General of Canada, the Governor of Illinois, the Mayor of Chicago, the United States and Canadian Ambassadors, the Administrator of the Saint Lawrence Seaway Development Corporation. Key issues discussed included opportunities to harmonize regulations between the eight Great Lakes states and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec, energy policy and trade, infrastructure modernization, workforce development and mobility, the development of economic corridors and clusters, multi-modal logistics, and the blue economy.


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Event Date

Sunday, April 26 to Tuesday, April 28, 2015


Chicago Cultural Center
78 E. Washington Street, Chicago, Illinois

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