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CGLI Promotes …

Sustainable Development in the Great Lakes Region
CGLI promotes the economic growth and vitality of the region in harmony with its human and natural resources (sustainable development). CGLI works to ensure that industry is a substantive partner in the development of public policy in the Great Lakes region and encourages active industry participation in developing and implementing sustainable development policies and practices in the Great Lakes region.

Our Members are …

U.S. and Canadian Industry with significant Great Lakes assets
CGLI is a tax-exempt organization that represents the common interests of U.S. and Canadian industrial organizations from the manufacturing, utilities, transportation, communications, financial services and trade sectors. CGLI represents companies that have investments, facilities, products, or services in the Great Lakes region.

We focus on …

A Vision for the Great Lakes Region
CGLI envisions a Great Lakes regional business climate that is built on a foundation of sustainable development and is supported by public policies that promote sustainable ecosystems, attract and maintain a robust industrial base, enhance social systems and opportunities for the community, and provide for long-term economic stability.

Economic impact study of GLRI released September 25...

A study coordinated by CGLI with the Great Lakes Commission shows that every federal dollar spent on Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) projects from the program’s launch in 2010 through 2016 will produce an additional $3.35 of additional economic activity in the Great Lakes region through 2036. The study – which estimates only some of the GLRI benefits – shows that in certain communities, the longer-term impact will be even greater: every dollar spent in Buffalo and Detroit, for example, will produce more than $4 of additional economic activity. 

Forging Business Sector Collaboration for the Long-term Prosperity of the Great Lakes Region...

The first workshop for an initiative designed to convene Great Lakes industry to develop a strategy for enhancing the long-term prosperity of the Great Lakes region has been scheduled for November 13-14, 2018 at the Wingspread Executive Retreat and Conference Center near Racine, WI. The purpose of the first workshop is to explore available and emerging sustainability frameworks that can be applied regionally; identify priority issues of common concern to Great Lakes companies, establish a working structure for the strategic framework, and generate actionable ideas for regional coordination and partnerships.

Phase II of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative Economic Impact Study Underway...

The Charles Stewart Mott Foundation approved a grant to support the second phase of the GLRI Economic Impact Study. The study, which began in June 2017, aims to quantify the economic impacts of U.S. federal investments under the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI) from 2010 through 2016. The first phase concluded in October 2017, and provided a preliminary, “rough cut” estimate of the economic impact of the GLRI using immediately available data and research tools. The second phase will expand on the Phase I results and yield a more comprehensive estimate of the economic impact of GLRI investments.

Foxconn Development: City of Racine, WI Water Diversion Application...

Foxconn Technology Group, a Taiwanese electronics manufacturer, has announced plans to build a $10 billion manufacturing complex in Mt. Pleasant, WI that reportedly will bring up to 13,000 jobs to southeastern Wisconsin. The facility will be constructed in an “electronics and information technology manufacturing zone” that the Wisconsin legislature created in September 2017. The complex will be constructed in a portion of Mt. Pleasant that is partly inside the Great Lakes basin and partly in the Mississippi River basin.