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Governmental and Regional Leaders to Sign Great Lakes Declaration

Release Date: 12/02/2004
Contact Information:

Contact: Rich Hood 202-564-4355 /
RSVP: Phill Loosli 202-436-2302 /

(Washington, D.C. – December 2, 2004) Dozens of government officials and Tribal representatives will convene in Chicago to sign a Great Lakes Declaration and a framework document for the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration. Officials in attendance will include members of President Bush’s cabinet, United States senators and congressmen, state senators and representatives, and Great Lakes governors, Tribes and mayors.

The Great Lakes Declaration is an intergovernmental pledge of support to further protect, improve and restore the Great Lakes through the Great Lakes Regional Collaboration process. The Great Lakes Regional Collaboration Framework Document outlines the process for developing a Great Lakes restoration and protection strategy.

WHO: Confirmed Attendees Include: EPA Administrator Mike Leavitt, Secretary Tom Ridge, Jim Connaughton, Governor George Pataki, Governor Jim Doyle, Governor Jennifer Granholm, Governor Bob Taft, Governor Rod Blagojevich, Senator Richard Durbin, Congressman Vernon Ehlers, Congresswoman Judy Biggert, Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky, Congressman Mark Kirk, Congressman Rahm Emanuel, Congressman Thaddeus McCotter, Frank Ettawageshik, Chairman, Little Traverse Bay Band of Odawa Indians and 15 other Tribal leaders, Mayor Richard Daley (Chicago, Ill.), Mayor Scott King (Gary, Ind.), Mayor Jerry Irby (Marquette, Mich.), Mayor George Heartwell (Grand Rapids, Mich.), Mayor Herb Bergson (Duluth, Minn.), Mayor Jack Ford (Toledo, Ohio), Mayor Richard E. Filippi (Erie, Pa.), Mayor Tom Barrett (Milwaukee, Wis.), Mayor Gary Becker (Racine, Wis.), Mayor Dave Ross (Superior, Wis.), and others.

Additional Invitees Include: Other cabinet members, Great Lakes governors, United States senators and representatives, Tribal leaders and mayors.

WHAT: Great Lakes Regional Collaboration meeting and signing of the Great Lakes Declaration document, followed by press availability immediately after the meeting.

WHEN: Friday, Dec. 3, 2004
Meeting --- 9:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Press Availability --- 12:00 p.m. -- 12:30 p.m. (phone lines will be available, please RSVP)
* Check in begins at 7:30 a.m.

WHERE: Hilton Chicago Hotel - International Ballroom
720 South Michigan Ave.
Chicago, Ill. 60605

CALL IN OPTION: If you are unable to attend but would like to listen to the meeting or phone in for the press availability, contact Phill Loosli at the number listed above.