On June 15, 2016, the Conference of Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Governors and Premiers released the final version of its regional maritime strategy. Three years in the making, the strategy seeks to better leverage the Great Lakes navigation system to enhance economic growth and job creation.
The strategy identifies both near term and long term actions necessary to enhance maritime commerce. These are divided into four thematic areas: 1) increasing efficiency and reducing costs; 2) building new markets; 3) growing economic activity around the maritime transportation system; 4) delivering results and managing for the future. Some actions will be the responsibility of state and provincial government, some will be the responsibility of the federal governments, and some actions will be addressed by the private sector.
The American Great Lakes Ports Association was heavily involved in development of the strategy. Our staff and members participated in the initiative’s Task Force, Advisory Committee and Drafting Committee. AGLPA will continue to work with the Governors’ conference on implementation in coming years.
To view a copy of the strategy, click here.