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CGLI leads outcome-based projects and studies that are designed to develop industry-focused responses to Great Lakes issues.

Currently, CGLI is partnering with the Great Lakes Commission to lead a study that will determine the economic impact of the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative. Research teams from the University of Michigan and Central Michigan University will develop a comprehensive estimate of the economic impact of GLRI that will be used to demonstrate the value of ecosystem restoration and protection to the regional economy. The first phase of the research includes

  • An econometric analysis that will use a regional economic model to quantify the economic impacts of GLRI investments over the period 2010 to 2016 in terms of job creation, additional dollars leveraged, and personal income effects
  • Case studies that will identify on-the-ground economic impacts of GLRI investments in Duluth, MN; Sheboygan, WI; Muskegon, MI; and Buffalo, NY
  • A hedonic analysis to evaluate how delisting “areas of concern” has impacted property values in AOC communities.

The result of these first analyses will be reported by October 1, and more comprehensive analyses will be completed by June 1, 2018. More information is available on the CGLI’s GLRI Project page.

From 2013 to 2015, CGLI led the third phase of a project entitled Optimizing Industry Water Use: Applying Water Stewardship Tools by Great Lakes Basin Industries. Information about CGLI’s Industrial Water Stewardship project is available on CGLI’s Industrial Water Stewardship Project page.