When we were in Washington in February, our coalition of Great Lakes chambers of commerce held a press conference to highlight the Great Lakes Business Agenda. In the midst of "stimulus week," we didn't have high hopes for great media turnout for a topic that wasn't about spending money. We had two members of the media attend - the Buffalo News' Jerry Zremski, who put together a great story on our efforts - and Tiffany Pache, who blogs for www.healthylakes.org.
HeathyLakes reached out to us again last week in putting together a story on Buffalo's relation to the Great Lakes from an economic development point-of-view. It's an interesting tie-in with our work with the Great Lakes coalition.
At a reception held by the coalition of Great Lakes chambers of commerce in Washington in February, special guest speaker Rep. Vernon J. Ehlers (R-MI) said that he believes in 20 years fresh water will be to America what oil is today. We have no doubt that fresh water will continue to become increasingly important in the future (which is why the rest of the country wants ours!). That will offer great opportunity for business development and research opportunities in fresh water technology and water-based development. Stay tuned!