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CGLI Convenes Industry Work Group to Provide Input to the Governors’ and Premiers’ Maritime Transportation Strategy

CGLI has convened an industry work group to review and provide input on the Great Lakes Governors’ and Premiers’ maritime transportation system strategy. In June 2015, the Governors and Premiers established the goal of creating a comprehensive regional strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Maritime Transportation System (GLMTS). The goal of the maritime transportation system strategy is to double maritime trade and support the region’s industrial core while reducing the system’s overall environmental footprint. The strategy will include policy and recommendations to federal, state, and provincial governments for maintaining and improving regional maritime assets to enable industry to transport goods produced and manufactured in the region even more efficiently.

The GLMTS is a critical element of the region’s infrastructure that connects consumers, products, and industries all over North America and serves as a portal to the global supply chain. The system connects the Atlantic Ocean with the Ohio, Illinois and Mississippi River transportation systems via more than 100 commercial ports, 40 provincial and interstate highways, and nearly 30 rail lines. The system also supports more than 200,000 jobs and contributes more than $30B annually to the regional economy.

A draft of the strategy was released for public comment on January 4, 2016 and will be finalized by late April 2016. The first meeting of CGLI’s Maritime Transportation System Work Group occurred on January 20 and provided background and context on the GLMTS initiative and an overview of the draft. Any representative of industry interested in contributing to the development of the GLMTS is invited to participate. Please contact the CGLI team if you are interested.