Voice of Mayors

Coalition of cities, states, tribes, business, industry and conservation organizations release joint priorities for the Great Lakes

Ahead of Great Lakes Day this week in Washington D.C., a coalition representing business, industry and environmental groups and cities, states, and tribes released joint priorities for sustaining Great Lakes restoration and economic revitalization. The coalition presented a joint agenda for the lakes, which serve as the source of drinking… Read More

Cities Initiative Statement on Trump Administration’s Proposed Cuts to the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a coalition of mayors from over 130 cities across the basin representing over 17 million people, expresses deep concern over the Trump Administration’s proposed budget cuts to key Great Lakes funding programs. On Monday, the White House released its $4.4… Read More

Mayors Reiterate Support for Great-Lakes-St. Lawrence Biosphere, UNESCO

In June of 2017, the more than 130 member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative called on the US and Canadian federal governments to work together to designate the Great Lakes, St. Lawrence River and Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River Basin a UNESCO World Biosphere Reserve.  The… Read More

Mayors and Governors Reach Agreement to Improve Water Diversion Application Process

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) announced today it is settling its challenge to the Waukesha Diversion Approval with an agreement to collaborate on improving the review of water diversion applications in the future. The agreement between the Cities Initiative and the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence River… Read More

Great Lakes & St. Lawrence Cities Initiative Mayors Mobilize over Great Lakes Restoration and Climate Change

Member mayors of the Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative met at their annual meeting and conference, hosted by outgoing Chair Mayor Denis Coderre, in Montreal. “This has been a very busy year. The Trump administration backed out of cutting the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative for the remainder of… Read More

Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Mayors Denounce President Trump’s Withdrawal from Paris Agreement on Climate Change

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative), a coalition representing 130 United States and Canadian mayors and their communities of over 17 million people, strongly denounce the decision of President Trump to back out of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.  The decision is short sighted, ill… Read More

Proposed US Federal Budget Cuts Threaten the Great Lakes

The Trump Administration released its proposed 2018 budget to Congress today, eliminating $300 million in funding for the Great Lakes Restoration Initiative (GLRI). The GLRI provides funding for cleaning up toxic waste sites, improving storm water management, combatting invasive species like Asian carp, and protecting habitat for fish and wildlife… Read More

Mayor Carruthers of Traverse City Joins Cities Initiative Board

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) is proud to announce the newest member of the board of directors, Mayor Jim Carruthers of Traverse City, Michigan. “I look forward to Mayor Carruthers’s contribution to the Board,” said Mayor Denis Coderre, chair of the Cities Initiative Board of Directors… Read More

Success for the Great Lakes: WIIN Act Signed Into Law By Obama

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) is very pleased the United States Congress passed and President Obama signed into law the Water Infrastructure Improvements for the Nation (WIIN) Act.  WIIN includes many provisions that are critically important to the Great Lakes.  It includes authorization of the… Read More

Duluth’s Mayor Larson Joins Cities Initiative Board of Directors

The Great Lakes and St. Lawrence Cities Initiative (Cities Initiative) is proud to announce the newest member of the Board of Directors, Mayor Emily Larson of Duluth, Minnesota. Mayor Larson will be joining as the 16th member of the Board. As a prominent shipping port and the second-largest city on… Read More