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Council of Great Lakes Governors Welcomes Governors Rauner and Wolf to Board of Directors

The Council of Great Lakes Governors welcomes Governor Bruce Rauner of Illinois and Governor Tom Wolf of Pennsylvania to its Board of Directors.  Governor Rauner, who was inaugurated into office on January 12, 2015 as the 42nd Governor of Illinois; and, Governor Wolf, who was inaugurated into office on January 20, 2015 as the 47th Governor of Pennsylvania, became directors of the non-partisan Council of Great Lakes Governors upon their swearing in.

More information on Governor Rauner can be found on his page HERE. More information on Governor Wolf can be found on his page HERE

Council of Great Lakes Governors seeks to hire Maritime Transportation Consultant

The Council of Great Lakes Governors (CGLG) seeks to hire a consultant or consulting firm (consultant), part-time.  The primary role of the consultant will be to help develop a regional strategy for the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River maritime transportation system.  This position requires experience on port, transportation, maritime and regional trade and economic issues.  The consultant will work closely with the CGLG staff and will report to the Executive Director.  The consultant will also work closely with a Drafting Committee comprising members of the Governors’ and Premiers’ Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Maritime Task Force and maritime industry representatives. Proposals will be accepted via email until March 31, 2015.


A full version of the Request for Proposals, which includes information about mandatory requirements for the consultant; services to be provided; format for proposals; how to submit proposals; and, the selection process can be found HERE.

Council of Great Lakes Governors Newsletter Available

The Council of Great Lakes Governors is pleased to announce that the March 2015 edition of its newsletter, THE COMPASS, is now available for download at

Highlights in this issue of THE COMPASS:

* A Message from Council Chair Michigan Governor Rick Snyder
* Governors and Premiers to Hold Leadership Summit in Québec City
* Council Leads Trade Mission to Mexico
* Council Recruiting Companies for Québec Trade Mission
* States and Provinces Unite to Fight AIS
* GLUSA Presents at Illinois Conference on Travel & Tourism

Council Trade Missions Set to Propel Regional Exports

The Council will be leading multi-State/Provincial trade missions to several exciting markets in coming months:

  • Mexico: March 1-7, 2015
  • East Africa: May 11-16, 2015
  • Québec: June 15-17, 2015

More information on the trade missions can be found HERE.