Rep. Kaptur proposes Great Lakes Authority to promote and protect region

U.S. Representative Marcy Kaptur recently introduced legislation to create the “Great Lakes Authority,” a federal entity that would “promote regional development in Ohio, Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, New York, Pennsylvania, and Wisconsin,” reports. The authority would “promote economic development, job creation, and workforce education; restore and protect the Great Lakes’ environment; foster innovation to expand manufacturing and promote cleaner and more sustainable power production; and establish and administer funding mechanisms to finance clean energy, green infrastructure, water infrastructure, and broadband infrastructure projects,” according to the article. In a press release, Kaptur said, “[b]y investing in workforce development, innovative energy technologies and manufacturing processes, and responsible stewardship of our precious Great Lakes ecosystem – the Great Lakes Authority will unleash the Heartland’s full potential for this 21st century.” For more, read the full article and the full press release.

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