Policy Areas

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    Restoring Our Great Waters

    Restoring and protecting the region’s Great Waters – the Great Lakes and other Great Waters – is a high priority at the Institute. The Institute conducts research and provides support to ecosystem protection and restoration advocates.

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    Waterborne Trade & Preventing Invasive Species

    The goal to advance “clean trade” in the region and beyond, especially through the prevention and management of aquatic invasive species in waterborne commerce, is an area of Institute expertise dating to the 1990’s.

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    Revitalizing Older Cities

    The region’s cities are at a crossroads: even as residents and leaders are beginning to capitalize on their cities’ many assets, they continue to face population decline, business relocations and closures, and other urban challenges.

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    Growing Manufacturing & Workforce

    Responding to the challenges facing the industrial and transportation centers of the region as they have suffered from population decline and lack of traditional employment opportunities, the Institute is exploring innovative policy directions.

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    Improving Water, Waterways & Water Infrastructure

    With our water threatened by human impacts, degraded water quality is the greatest threat to regional water availability. Yet an ample supply of quality water is dependent on managing and protecting it.

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    Sustaining Agriculture & a Healthy Food Supply

    As states in the region lose hundreds of acres of farmland each day, the Institute takes a systems approach to farm and food policy by developing policy recommendations that build links between producers and consumers.

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