UPDATED: Great Lakes Meeting Takes Aim at Invasive Species

By: Associated Press Email
By: Associated Press Email

UPDATED April 26th, 2014 1:25 PM

CHICAGO (AP) -- The governors of eight states surrounding the Great Lakes and the leaders of two Canadian provinces have agreed at a meeting in Chicago to join forces to combat invasive species including Asian Carp.

Saturday's final round of meetings resulted in a mutual aid agreement under which the states and provinces will share staff and expertise in the event of a serious regional threat from invasive species.

The two-day gathering of the Council of Great Lakes Governors and the provinces of Ontario and Quebec also addressed strategies for improving maritime transport and attracting Chinese and other foreign investment in manufacturing.

Michigan Gov. Rick Snyder says, "The threat of aquatic invasive species transcends borders" and Saturday's agreement will empower the region to work together in solving the problem.

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CHICAGO (AP) -- Governors from three states are expected at a press conference at Chicago's Shedd Aquarium, where they are expected to talk about shared priorities.

Governor Pat Quinn of Illinois, a Democrat, will be joined by Republicans Governor Rick Snyder of Michigan and Governor Scott Walker of Wisconsin on Saturday.

The governors are meeting in Chicago with the Council of Great Lakes Governors, an organization representing the eight states and two Canadian provinces in the Great Lakes region.

On Friday, the council announced an initiative with former U.S. Treasury Secretary Henry Paulson to attract foreign manufacturing investment.

Paulson says many emerging economies such as China's are beginning to seek direct investment opportunities. The Great Lakes governors say they'll step up efforts to steer those investments into the U.S. manufacturing heartland.


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